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Offline Loren At 65GS

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Rechrome original wheels?
« on: April 18, 2009, 09:54:30 PM »
Wondering if anyone has had a set of original sport wheels rechromed

Thanks ,
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Re: Rechrome original wheels?
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2009, 10:25:14 PM »
Me too.

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Re: Rechrome original wheels?
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2009, 09:02:04 AM »
Curt McWheels has been mentioned over on V8Buick.  The word is that he does excellent work, but turnaround time varies.  I don't know if wheels have to be disassembled for the process.
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Re: Rechrome original wheels?
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2009, 04:44:55 PM »
I'm sending mine out to Rallyamerica.com  to see if they can make some replicas.  I have 3 OK ones, would like 2 more.

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Re: Rechrome original wheels?
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2009, 07:45:16 PM »
This was a long time ago, but I remember that some place took the centers out and welded them to new rims, then chromed the whole wheel.
Sound familiar?

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Re: Rechrome original wheels?
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2009, 09:06:45 PM »
Loren, that could be McWheels.
Bill Burton had a set done by him.....new rims were welded to NOS centers.
Contact info is in this thread:
http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=174387&highlight=mcwheels

>>>Curt McKim is McWheels.
He's out of Slater, Iowa. 515-685-3397<<<<<

And another company that that sells refurbished wheels:
http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=147736
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Re: Rechrome original wheels?
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2009, 11:27:52 PM »
Thanks Walt!

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Re: Rechrome original wheels?
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2009, 08:18:07 PM »
I had a lengthy conversation today with Curt McKim.  He described in detail his process and the various options he offers.  He also has about 20 rally wheels left of an original 120+ he purchased from an Iowa salvage yard.  He was very matter-of-fact about his ability to restore my wheels to like new condition.    He seemed very knowledgeable and credible to me.   On top of it all, his pricing is surprisingly low.    In my case, I am lucky, as he is in Iowa and I am in Minnesota.  He drives up to the Cabellas Sporting Goods store in Minnesota once a month so all i have to do is meet him there and he will take the wheels and bring them back on his next trip.  So no shipping costs.   I am meeting him in about three weeks with five wheels for him to restore.  They will be ready in two to four weeks.   I will let you guys know how they turn out.  I'll take some before and after shots.

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Re: Rechrome original wheels?
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2009, 08:35:02 PM »
Rob,

Just curious.. are you willing to share the price of having all four redone?

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Re: Rechrome original wheels?
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2009, 08:47:32 PM »
Chris,

It would cost more for me to apply new rims to my centers, but blasting priming, and painting my centers, and acid cleaning and bringing the chrome back to full shine is only $40 per wheel!   To me five wheels that will "look like new" for $200, seemed quite reasonable (and i am a known cheapskate).  He also said that if my wheels can't be restored to "like new" then he will switch him with a wheel he has.   Wow
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Re: Rechrome original wheels?
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2009, 09:33:16 PM »
Very Nice!    :thumbsup:

Is the chrome just acid cleaned or actually rechromed?

Just wondering since mine have pits which would require new chrome.

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Re: Rechrome original wheels?
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2009, 06:41:51 PM »
Chris,

The "acid cleaning" is more complex than a simple cleaning.  You may be familiar with this process but i wasn't.  He puts this acid substance on the wheel and (in his words) it foams up for about 20 minutes and draws all of the impurities out of the chromed centers.  Then he buffs it.  He says he has yet to encounter a center he could not restore to like new condition.

If your outer rim shell is shot, he cuts that off, and installs a new one which he sends out to be re-chromed.  He can use your centers to make any size you want.  To have the centers restored and the outer rims shells re-chromed and replaced is about $90 per wheel.  He says this process makes the wheel indecipherable from new.  Still pretty cheap in my book.    He has been restoring wheels for 35 years.

I will let everyone know how my wheels turn out.  I am handing them over to him in a few weeks.

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Re: Rechrome original wheels?
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2009, 08:21:15 PM »
 :thumbsup:This is just what I need to have done to this set of original'65 wheels
Thanks  Rob, how about before and then after pics.

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Re: Rechrome original wheels?
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2009, 11:07:35 PM »
I'd like to see before and after pictures also.     Tom

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Re: Rechrome original wheels?
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2009, 09:29:31 PM »
I am meeting "McWheels" near a swap meet in MN on Saturday.  Here are some "before" photos.  Three of them will probably be both centers and outer rims.  They are pretty rusty, especially on the back side.    Rob K
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