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'37 Packard 120 convertible Top (four door)
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Was the metal frame around the rear window in a convertible top of a '37 120 four door plated with nickel or chrome?

Posted on: 12/5 16:03
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Re: '37 Packard 120 convertible Top (four door)
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I believe chrome on the outside. Not sure about the inside frame finish.

Posted on: 12/5 16:38
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Re: '37 Packard 120 convertible Top (four door)
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I remember years ago a long decertation in Old Cars Weekly newspaper about pre-war cars being nickel plated, while chrome became popular after the war. I believe it is a matter of plating. I have been told triple plating is copper/nickel/chrome so the top layer of chrome is a clear preservative. It does look different than nickel too, the nickel has a more silver metallic look. On my car I have not re-plated the side hood vents, window frame nor grill and you can see that the nickel is a tone different than the chrome on the other trim that had to be done. I chose chrome over nickel for the new plating as it is a tougher longer lasting finish (in my opinion mind you).
Bob J.

Posted on: 12/5 17:42
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The original plating on my '37 120 appears to be some kind of nickle on many items. The bumpers appear to be chrome. The nickle, or nickle-like finish is definitely not the mid-1950s type chrome plating. It looks different and it ages differently.

Door handles, hubcaps, the hood center molding, and the grill slats look like a kind of nickle plate. These pieces seem to acquire a greenish tarnish and the plating appears to be thin.The bumpers appear to be "modern" chrome and the finish is brighter, thicker, and more durable.

Posted on: 12/5 19:45
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Re: '37 Packard 120 convertible Top (four door)
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Thanks for the response.
I have since determined that the original plating was nickel. I am having the two pieces re-plated with chrome (copper/nickel/chrome) - more durable. The cost ($450) is high but I have a lot of pitting which runs up the bill. Shallow pits can be decontaminated and the first copper coat will fill but the deep pits require more work - solder/weld fill the pot metal then file down. The copper will blister over time if you try to fill the deep pits.

Posted on: 12/9 14:29
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