If you have been following along in the newsletters you know I have started re-chroming some items now that the exterior of my 64 CDV has been repainted. Having retired Jan 1, 2015 from my state job you might think my projects would speed up, but instead they have purposely slowed down. I guess you can say I am savoring the details at this point! LOL Anyway, I thought I would periodically post some updates here on our Restoration Forum as an addendum to the newsletter to fill in the blanks. Perhaps by sharing my experience I can help others, and of course always welcome input from all of you.
With that I would like to show off my license guard assembly that I put back together yesterday. The outer bezel and LH and RH inner escutcheons were sent out to Atlantic Coast Plating for re-chroming, and had kept the license tag door from that 41K mile Fleetwood donor car. As you can see it has a lot of the original cadmium gold on the door, and hinges, springs, plastic bullets were all very nice!
I do have a car show in March 12, and am aiming to get everything back together by then. Left do do include install rechromed LH rear bumper end, install the license guard assembly, maybe swap out one of the rear bumper finish panels. Install new door scraper seal to reveal trim, install reveal trim, install door panel, door mirror, put front upper grill back together, and the rear qtr Coupe DeVille insignia! I usually try to tackle a couple things a week, in between everything else I am into.
OK...here's that fine looking license guard.
That looks great! I can't believe you found a gas door with the original coating on it as well! I had no idea that they were cadmium plated originally. I have noticed a fair amount of these housings have the lower right edge broken off. Any idea why?