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Just got back from a place that restores auto trim. Checking on getting some pieces done for my 66 Galaxie. $700.00 to do all 4 rocker mouldings. $135.00 a piece for wheel opening mouldings. I kinda figured on that but when he got to to headlight bezels and hood spear I almost fainted. $435.00 a piece to rechrome the headlight bezels, and $300.00 to do the hood spear. These pieces are not in bad shape, no pitting. Anybody else think these prices are out of line? Hee showed me some his work, and the parts look as good if not better that new but still???
 

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Is he actually chroming or anodizing? If he is chroming that is too high. Here's another source to get it back to original condition. I think they just buff it. It is expensive but check out their pics.

http://www.joesrustemporium.com/

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Those prices, today, are not that out of the ball park. The current EPA guidelines are a big part of the increase in prices. Much of that has to do with waste disposal and the proper documentation that goes along with that.

Even worse is the city, state, county restrictions ... often they seem to respond more to gentrification (more affluent people are moving into lower cost neighborhoods, building, remodeling or upgrading the low cost houses - then complaining to the authorities about preexisting auto "dirty" businesses. That one of the reasons some many junk yards, auto service shops have either quit the business or been forced to raise their prices.

With Chrome shops it can be even worse, the fumes and acids can get them in a lot of trouble even if they do things legal and in full compliance of laws.

Think about the poor farmers...they are in the same boat. People move to the country to get away from the crime infested cites, the dirt and noise ... then complain about the farmer starting his day before sun up, or the smell of animals and fertilizer or other farm chemicals.
, if you move to the country, there are somethings you just have to expect.

So, back to your orignal question - yes, it could very easily be the going price. You could look into shipping your stuff to an area or shop that does business in a more auto or business "friendly" state.

I am not suggesting that they don't care about the environment, some states are more understanding about balancing the two competing uses.
 

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On 2006-11-26 10:38, fakesnake wrote:
Is he actually chroming or anodizing? If he is chroming that is too high. Here's another source to get it back to original condition. I think they just buff it. It is expensive but check out their pics.

http://www.joesrustemporium.com/

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I know that on the 65 Galaxies, much of the molding and trim is stainless steel. It is easier to fix...you can buff, straighten SS at home if you are careful. On the 66, the wheel well pieces are aluminum (anodized), it both cases neither needs to be Chrome plated. The head light bezels are dicast and will need special handling to de-chrome, repair and rechrome. custom chroming is "usually" better quality than the reproduction factory stuff...but you have to find a shop that goes the distance. I have seen some really shoddy crap come back from chrome shops. Just like with painting and body work...if it has visable scratches in the base - painting, anodizing or plating will not hide it! Its all about the preparation if you are looking for top quality results.

Ps: on the subject of reproductions...there is a lot of Galaxie reproductions starting to come on the market. Two things you should look into; join the FGCOA, Ford Galaxie club or America - the national club- or one of the state/regional clubs. They have a lot of information on who makes what and most have news lists or periodicals that offer special buy-sell info that is specific on galaxies. Second, start collecting catalogs or at least go online. Dennis carpenter has a lot of Galaxie reproduction parts, as do AutoKrafter, Concours parts, Dearborne, Kanter... You are not alone!
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Do the 65 and 66 wheel opening mouldings interchange? How about 2 door vs 4 door vs convertable? I like the idea of an upgrade from aluminum to stainless.
 

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Dido on the prices, wow!!! Don't think some things mentioned are chrome to begin as others say. Myself, whatever was chrome, got rechromed unless it was good. 99% of my aluminum was milky, traded Joe @ www.joesrustemporium.com and never looked back. Stainless parts I am buffing myself, I'm a kinda DIY'r when I can and I have a pedestal buffer, wheels, compound so why not? Joe does mainly 60-64 stuff, but ask em. I don't regret getting chrome done, I love the end result, but don't chrome everything because it's expensive as you see.
 

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Theres a shop in stockton cali that will do it cheaper than that they would chrome my hood hinges 150 a piece ill have to go into work on tuesday to get the number they also do all my motorcycle parts to polish a wheel was 150 to chrome was 300 a rim that was on a Buell
 

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Man its really annoying when someone types a sentence but doesnt end it with a period or even so much as a double space I like to read everyones posts but I just cant tell beginning from end when they do that I have a 65 Galaxie and find it interesting about how expensive it is to do the headlight surrounds since there really isnt all that much to do compared to the 66 the 65 has a subdued silver in the middle around the headlights with a seperate chrome surrounding that piece so it is actually two pieces as opposed to the 66 one piece headlight surround I think I like the idea of the fiberglass bumpers instead of redoing the original bumpers I think it would save me alot of weight and alot of money LOL
 

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On 2006-11-26 15:31, Dave66Galaxie wrote:
Do the 65 and 66 wheel opening mouldings interchange? How about 2 door vs 4 door vs convertable? I like the idea of an upgrade from aluminum to stainless.
Yes, the 65 wheel and lower molding trim has been fitted to a 66. The front fender trim is a direct swap. The rear wheel opening of the 66 is cut higher, shows more wheel and tire than the 65...I've been told that it can be made to fit, but I haven't seen anyone that has installed them.

A convertible is a hardtop with the roof cut-off, that should answer that question. A 4-door/station wagon are different from a 2-door, however, I never tried it, my addiction of choice is a 65 so there is/was no need. My calibrated eyeball tells me 4-door parts will not make a good fit. "Your mileage may vary". What it boils down to is a probably case of deciding what is a good fit or a "good enough" fit.

PS: Quality "Show" chrome is almost jewel quality, when done correctly. It looks more like it was dipped in chrome than like plated. Factory stuff is a level or two below. Again, I stress, if the shop is capable of turning out show quality chrome, they will charge a decent amount for the labor. You need to talk to someone that understands restoration work to get an idea of the difference. Someone like Greg Cook could explain it much better than I can.

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I think that $400 something for a headlight bezes if TOTALLY bullshat! Especilly up in WISCONSIN! I can't even see that for a HL bezel here in CA!
Rediculous! He may have a monopoly in your area but he's railroading you! Call around to some other cities not that near to you, but not overly far either.


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