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49-53 Hub caps #1314496 Sun Jun 16 2019 01:25 PM
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49 3100 Offline OP
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Any tricks to restore the chrome, other than wax and polish with a buffer? Thanks Bill

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Re: 49-53 Hub caps [Re: 49 3100] #1314499 Sun Jun 16 2019 01:57 PM
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I’ve used “Turtle Wax Chrome Polish and Rust Remover” with pretty good results. You will have to work on it and you can use a buffer. The best part is you can get it from Wally World for about 6 bucks!

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Re: 49-53 Hub caps [Re: 49 3100] #1314562 Mon Jun 17 2019 12:58 AM
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52Carl Offline
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0000 steel wool converted my orange grill into a very shiny chrome grill. I then applied Turtle wax to keep it that way.
The 0000 steel wool will not scratch the chrome. Do not use it on stainless steel, unless you like a very dull finsh.

Re: 49-53 Hub caps [Re: 49 3100] #1314569 Mon Jun 17 2019 01:35 AM
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Re: 49-53 Hub caps [Re: 49 3100] #1314589 Mon Jun 17 2019 04:46 AM
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Fox Offline
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Does anyone have a list of which shiny pieces on the AD trucks were chrome and which ones were stainless?



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Re: 49-53 Hub caps [Re: 49 3100] #1314700 Tue Jun 18 2019 01:10 AM
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52Carl Offline
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Stainless steel:
-outside and inside door window opening garnish molding (some models came painted).
-outside center garnish between the split windshield.
-deluxe windshield trim.
-speaker grill upper and lower pieces (some models came painted).
-glove box door (some came painted.
-some front hood center badge (some were chromed cast metal).

Someone else can fill in the years as to which years had what. Keep in mind that even with that information, a lot of part swapping could have occured over the life of a truck
Carl

Re: 49-53 Hub caps [Re: 49 3100] #1314762 Tue Jun 18 2019 04:01 PM
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the beauty rings around the headlights and the inner bulb holding ring is stainless on later models, earlier years it was chromed brass, i'm not 100% sure but i think they changed to stainless in 51. I have some of both kicking around, if you weight them side by side, the brass ones are heavier than the stainless ones.
also the brass ones will have a spot on the inside where it's obvious the electrical connection was made during the plating process.

i found both kinds of gas caps, stainless and just steel which may have been painted at one time.
the door lock key hole assembly is stainless on all my trucks 50-53
the trim on the rear taillight assembly is chrome on steel, i don't know if it was ever stainless, all mine are plated (poorly).
the trim around the park lights on the front is chrome on steel on my trucks, haven't found a stainless one of those, but doesn't mean it might not exist.
the bumper bolts are a stainless cap wrapped over the steel bolt head

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