Nickel?

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Dwight Bedsole
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Nickel?

Post by Dwight Bedsole » Thu Jan 28, 2021 9:25 am

My 1937 120-C sedan convertible windshield frame appears to be nickel rather than chrome - should I try to buff it or chrome plate?

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Dave Czirr
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Re: Nickel?

Post by Dave Czirr » Fri Jan 29, 2021 5:53 am

It was originally chromium plated, nickel plated exterior trim was pretty much gone from the scene before 1930.

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Re: Nickel?

Post by Dwight Bedsole » Sun Jan 31, 2021 10:20 am

Dave thanks for the response. I will have it re-chromed.

I have had a lot of parts re-chromed over the years and it was fairly obvious that that had been chromed before but I have never seen chromed parts with a very dull grey looking finish, no rust and not peeling - the windshield frame along with the interior door and window handles and hood ornament all have a very dull finish while the exterior door handles, trunk hinges, bumpers, etc. have a "deteriorated" chrome finish.

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Re: Nickel?

Post by GriffDC » Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:40 pm

Dave Czirr wrote:
Fri Jan 29, 2021 5:53 am
It was originally chromium plated, nickel plated exterior trim was pretty much gone from the scene before 1930.
I thought the nickle was still in use until mid 30's.

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Re: Nickel?

Post by Dave Czirr » Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:16 am

Yes, in a sense. In traditional chromium plating nickel is the plated layer immediately beneath the final outer chrome plated layer (first copper, then nickel, and then chrome). And Packard continued to use nickel plating on underhood engine hardware of senior engines thru 1939.

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Re: Nickel?

Post by GriffDC » Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:14 pm

Dave Czirr wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:16 am
Yes, in a sense. In traditional chromium plating nickel is the plated layer immediately beneath the final outer chrome plated layer (first copper, then nickel, and then chrome). And Packard continued to use nickel plating on underhood engine hardware of senior engines thru 1939.
So my uncle was correct. He mentioned this 120-C Sedan project they had back in the 80's.

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