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    I'm looking at a virtual complete re-chrome of both front & rear. Some of the bits are mangled & rusty. Some years ago I was faced with a similar set of circumstances with a 1960 VW Karmann Ghia. Re-chroming was not only damn expensive, they started to tarnish again after 4-5 years.
    Whilst scrounging around the net I discovered this:

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    Engine & Parts | Car Bumpers Renault Dauphine 1956 1967 - Colombia

    They are in Vietnam!! It appears the French Indo China legacy extends beyond the architecture & the baquettes!

    Total stainless steel.

    Price $550US plus $165US air freight delivery 4-7 days

    I'm sure the Ghia's stuff was over $500.

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    Good chrome plating in Australia will cost $550.00 per bumper plus repairs..minimum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 59 Floride View Post
    Good chrome plating in Australia will cost $550.00 per bumper plus repairs..minimum.
    +1.

    Rechroming can be hit and miss. If cheap it will likely be a quick flash chroming that will quickly rust through, proper triple plating is more expensive but lasts well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    +1.

    Rechroming can be hit and miss. If cheap it will likely be a quick flash chroming that will quickly rust through, proper triple plating is more expensive but lasts well.
    Yep, wot he said. Ask plenty of questions before committing to a chrome plater, there is a three part process that gives the best results, anything else just won't do.

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    I'm familiar with SS exhausts not bumpers.

    Will SS polish to the same extent as chrome plating??
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    Quote Originally Posted by geodon View Post
    Will SS polish to the same extent as chrome plating??
    It depends on the quality of the stainless and how they have been finished. Have a look at Peugeot 404 with its stainless bumpers, stainless has a different lustre to chrome even when highly polished. I'd rather you just chrome what you already have, especially if the metal is straight. Unless you know the quality of the stainless bars from OS, and that they won't require much fettling to make them fit.
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    I have to admit the supplier is very co-operative. They claim their polishing exceeds the brightness of chrome.

    I've been given 3 contacts in Oz as references:
    1. A Volvo Amazon: no reply yet
    2 A Mercedes 280SL Pagoda Roof Coupe: absolutely delighted & they were a quarter the price of re-chroming.
    3. A VW Karman Ghia (How about that!?) : OK happy with it- I'm going to see them tomorrow & will post a report.
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    [I can vouch for the quality of these stainless steel bumpers, as I went to one of the 'factories' in Vietnam to see first hand the manufacturing and quality control.I have had a set of Caravelle bumpers made, which are perfect.Indeed the company I dealt with sends their product mainly to the U.S.A. and Europe.A friend had a set of early Torana bumpers made , and although he had to do a little adjusting , they look superb on the car, so much so that you wouldn't bother re-chroming old bars with all the associated problems.

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    I could be tempted into a set of the Vietnam ones for my resto as my front bar in particular will need panel beating as well as re-chroming.
    Will they do a job lot and discount maybe?
    ps I am in no hurry so slow freight is fine also
    pps I have a brother in law in Vietnam if needed. Not something he could bring home in hand luggage but might come in handy for something.

    Cheers...Paul
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    Quote Originally Posted by G4ME View Post
    I could be tempted into a set of the Vietnam ones for my resto as my front bar in particular will need panel beating as well as re-chroming.
    Will they do a job lot and discount maybe?
    ps I am in no hurry so slow freight is fine also
    pps I have a brother in law in Vietnam if needed. Not something he could bring home in hand luggage but might come in handy for something.

    Cheers...Paul

    Paul, I'm inspecting the KG units next week as the owner is not far away & will make a decision. I got a reply from the Volvo Amazon guy & he is as enthusiastic as the others.

    I won't need them for at least 12 months so surface freight is OK by me too. They quoted $165US for air freight. We could save a bit on freight too by having one drop. I'm near Geelong but go to Melbourne weekly.

    I'll PM you after I've had a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geodon View Post
    Paul, I'm inspecting the KG units next week as the owner is not far away & will make a decision. I got a reply from the Volvo Amazon guy & he is as enthusiastic as the others.

    I won't need them for at least 12 months so surface freight is OK by me too. They quoted $165US for air freight. We could save a bit on freight too by having one drop. I'm near Geelong but go to Melbourne weekly.


    I'll PM you after I've had a look.

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    Sounds good mate. I'm only in Gisborne but have in laws in Highton. Also other car club members down there that might be able to help get them up to me. So not a drama being in Geelong and a single shipment.
    In fact if you go to the Geelong Revival on the Sunday I'll also be running my R17 there :-)

    Anyway - happy to be guided by you re the merits of SS v Chrome but I don't fancy thousands of dollars of panel work and chroming on the ones I have.

    Cheers...Paul
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    Just a final note:
    I saw the units made for the KG & I was damn impressed.
    The finish was perfect as far as what I seek.
    OK, OK it wasn't up to the mirror finish chrome on customized Harleys etc but that would be out of place on a restored 52yo car IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by G4ME View Post
    Sounds good mate. I'm only in Gisborne but have in laws in Highton. Also other car club members down there that might be able to help get them up to me. So not a drama being in Geelong and a single shipment.
    In fact if you go to the Geelong Revival on the Sunday I'll also be running my R17 there :-)

    Anyway - happy to be guided by you re the merits of SS v Chrome but I don't fancy thousands of dollars of panel work and chroming on the ones I have.

    Cheers...Paul
    Hi Paul.
    Just reading through your reply and saw you mentioned going to the Geelong Revival. I'll keep my eye out for you there. My son and I are coming down from Adelaide to join in the fun. Not bringing our cars, just tourists in the crowd this time to see what goes on. Hope there are other Froggers there as well. Catch you there.
    Cheers.....Phil

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    They look great!


    A few blemishes in the hole for the crank handle but if had been polished there it would have scratched in no time.


    ?? I thought I deleted the ring tail possum photos!
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    Quote Originally Posted by R8philSA View Post
    Hi Paul.
    Just reading through your reply and saw you mentioned going to the Geelong Revival. I'll keep my eye out for you there. My son and I are coming down from Adelaide to join in the fun. Not bringing our cars, just tourists in the crowd this time to see what goes on. Hope there are other Froggers there as well. Catch you there.
    Cheers.....Phil
    Hi Phil,
    Yep I'll be running on the Sunday. I've just sent the organisers an email re displaying on the Saturday also. I think the RCCV was also looking at having some cars displayed but I'm not sure if anyone has accepted.
    My car's not really a 1/4 mile drag car but I couldn't resist the offer of a sprint along the foreshore.
    I look forward to meeting.
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    They look great!


    A few blemishes in the hole for the crank handle but if had been polished there it would have scratched in no time.


    ?? I thought I deleted the ring tail possum photos!
    They look snazzy. The bumpers not the possums :-)
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    I am interested in a set , and I am in Geelong !
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    Quote Originally Posted by geodon View Post
    I'm looking at a virtual complete re-chrome of both front & rear. Some of the bits are mangled & rusty. Some years ago I was faced with a similar set of circumstances with a 1960 VW Karmann Ghia. Re-chroming was not only damn expensive, they started to tarnish again after 4-5 years.
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    They are in Vietnam!! It appears the French Indo China legacy extends beyond the architecture & the baquettes!

    Total stainless steel.

    Price $550US plus $165US air freight delivery 4-7 days

    I'm sure the Ghia's stuff was over $500.

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    I've visited a factory in Vietnam where I had a set of bumpers made for my Caravelle. The workmanship can't be faulted, I've fitted mine and am very pleased with the result.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris hartwell View Post
    I've visited a factory in Vietnam where I had a set of bumpers made for my Caravelle. The workmanship can't be faulted, I've fitted mine and am very pleased with the result.
    G'day Chris,
    I'm after a set for my Dauphine As mine have rust through the chrome and missing the cover plates,
    can you PM the details of this place and approx price Please.

    Mark C.

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    They look great!


    A few blemishes in the hole for the crank handle but if had been polished there it would have scratched in no time.


    ?? I thought I deleted the ring tail possum photos!
    G'day George,
    I'm interested in a set of these for my Dauphine project, could I trouble you for some details ,price etc.
    Regards

    Mark C.

    P.S. I don't need the possum, I have a couple of resident ones myself... What a mess they make.

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    Mark!

    Price etc. is in the early/above posts. ($US550 PLUS FREIGHT

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    I haven't unpacked them yet, but PM me if you want a look.

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    Hi Guys,
    I'm enquiring about placing an order for these. Does anyone else want some so we can spread the cost on freight?

    Thanks...Paul
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    Chaps, I am in the market for the front bumper end pieces from a 60s Renault Dauphine for a non-Renault restoration project.

    Unless someone has some NOS or ones in v.good condition for sale, I was looking at the SG Bumpers s/s bumpers as mentioned in this thread.

    Unfortunately, they won't sell the end pieces separately but will sell the whole front bumper unit.
    I presume the end pieces just unbolt from the central section?

    So if someone is interested in buying just a new S/S central front section, I might look at going down that path.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by geodon View Post
    *****Don't talk to me about possums. Over the last 12-18 months I have trapped & re-located 32 (thirty two) of the buggers. There can't be many guys who can say they own 5 possum traps, hey?*******
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