Posted by Tim Cole on 2021/8/2 15:32:43
I've sent parts to the supposed top "Rabble Beach" plating superstars and what came back was such that I suspected they weren't my parts, but were switched after a payoff. That aside, plating uses a lot of water and California is having a problem therein. Waste reclamation systems are available, but they are very expensive. In Michigan we had an industrial grade plating operation that was dumping waste in abandoned buildings and what not. Plating is a dirty business and we have areas of this state with all sorts of elevated cancer incidence from who knows what was going on in the old days. If some of those rich collectors want good quality work they can start a cooperative, but I'll wager working for those guys sucks. Mention terms like copper cyanide of everybody goes ape. I have a plating reference from the old days which has a chapter covering back office treatments for various poisonings like cyanide. Plating during the Korean war was pretty shoddy, and a lot of the NOS stuff was quality reject when new so that isn't always an accurate gauge to use. The best idea is to find a super low mileage car that has been stored properly and understand the fit and details that are present. Then go and look at some of the restored stuff.
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