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Old 11-18-2019, 06:59 PM   #11
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I think you have to ask yourself what you want in terms of Chrome. If you want perfect Show Chrome, Paul's in Evans City PA (use to me Mars PA) is renown for their work but be prepared to spend. There are others that do similar work and similarly priced.

https://paulschrome.com/

If you are looking for something decent and reasonably priced, Don's East Coast Chevy in NY is not bad at all. He did my rear bumper ends and guards and they came out pretty nice, at least for me any how.

https://eastcoastrestorations.com/sh...ersgaugesmisc/

Let me get a couple of photos.

The repops for a 57, not terrible for some stuff, not great on other stuff (the rear ends in particular). I did not want to take a chance on an ill fitting rear bumper. My car has enough ill fitting parts due to my world renown backyard hacker work so I was hoping to avoid adding insult to injury by having some original pieces redone, lol. It was the better call for me.

On the 55, the reproduction stuff looks pretty good also, but not triple plated (copper, nickle, chrome) so while its looks pretty good, I think you would have to be very good about maintaining the chrome, but the price is right and it looks nice as far as I have seen.
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These are the bumper guards as I sent them to Don's East Cost Chevy. These were not done on an exchange basis as I wanted my parts back.

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This is one of the guards that I received. Don's actually cut out the metal bracing in the back of the guard to access the back and do the straightening work, and then re-welded it back in.

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They also did the ends. The center I picked up at the 2015 nationals. The Don's work was better.

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Don't have pics right now loaded but got the 57 back from paint today. I am just blown away, WOW, what a change! Have had it for 44 years and always in primer. BC/CC 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Shadow Gray Metallic. Absolutely loving the color. Sorry, just had to say something, SO pleased !!

After looking at the paint it is quite obvious the 62 year old original bumpers are just not going to stack up at all against that new paint as is. SSSOOOO.......

Re-chrome the originals or are decent repops available? Chrome shops are non existent locally anymore, (thanks EPA), but since the front is a 5 piece bumper shipping is not like a one piece bumper. Break it down to the different sections, bubble wrap and box. Open for any and all thoughts about best option and if re-chrome is preferred, who to go with?

Buying top quality reproductions is actually cheaper than having the old ones re-chromed.
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In reference to "top quality" reproductions where does one find such a thing now days. Most reproductions I've come across restoring my '71 Chevy 4x4 pickup and '71 Chevelle have been "close" but can tell the difference. Without just taking a shot in the dark purchase can you elaborate on the "top quality" reproductions as to who carries such an elusive item now days?

Have no plans on ever getting rid of the '57, it will be passed to the oldest son and the truck and Chevelle likewise with my other two boys. With that said and this being my very first "toy" I purchased so long ago with the restore I want it done right before it is done at all
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