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    I have noticed alot of Model A owners put chrome bumpers on their cars, it it because they prefer the shiney look? I would prefer Stainless Steel so it would last longer. Any ideas or input would be appreciated.

  • #2
    All Model A's were built with chrome bumpers.


    • #3
      About 15 years ago I was at Hershey, and on Saturday, the last day, it was raining, but I figured I'd make one quick trip through a few rows. My last stop was a guy that had front and rear original replated 1929 Bumpers for $50 each. I bought the rears, but foolishly passed on the front, as I didn't need it at the time.


      • #4
        Chrome is correct. And only the front face was polished, not the back or edges. I have stainless steel because my storage area is damp and some of the cheaper replates or repros tend to rust after a few years. Chrome looks better, and looks correct. Stainless looks more like nickel than chrome.
        Eastern Connecticut


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          Why NOT CHROME????---Like they say, "If it don't GO, CHROME IT"!!!
          Dad Combinghishairinthebumperreflection

      • #5
        I appreciate the input on the chrome bumpers. I guess if I was restoring mine to be graded down the road I would put chrome on mine also. Thanks fo the input.


        • #6
          I have SS on both my cars. No one ever broke my stones over it, and they hold up and look great. The chromed bumpers from the suppliers have cheap plating. To get a good chromed bumper you need to outsource it to a quality plater IMO
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          "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

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        • #7
          Originally posted by Mitch View Post
          I have SS on both my cars. No one ever broke my stones over it, and they hold up and look great. The chromed bumpers from the suppliers have cheap plating. To get a good chromed bumper you need to outsource it to a quality plater IMO
          thast what ive heard and seen as well. Go stainless. Not only do you have to find a quality plater you first have to find rust pit proof bumpers...


          • #8
            Stainless looks different in shape and color. I also believe that they are not as functional, that is they are not the springs like the original unheated bumpers would be. Kind of the original 5 MPH bumper.

            As for the plating a little side note. The nickel process used during production was a dull nickel, buff then chrome. Since only the front surface was buffed the other areas would be a dull silver color like the back side of aluminum foil. Also the back sides would have the mill scale from the production processes. You would have to find a plater running a 30's dull nickel tank if you want the correct look.


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