I have some nice straight headlight rims to use for my 21 Touring restoration but they happen to be 26-27 nickel plated rims.
I have tried to use a buffer on them to brighten them up but the nickel plating turned out to be scratched up and to thin to make them at least 90-100%.
Has anybody out here used some of these and painted them to use for a Black era T?
I guess I am a cheap guy and the repos. dont have the Ford script on them like these do.
One has the Ford Script and the other has Ford Brown in script.
The rims are made of brass so will the primer and paint stick to them. I think it will but was wondering about opinions before I attempt to paint them.
Thanks for any reply.
The 15 T guys would love to have those,polish off the nickle, and use on their cars. Paint doesn't do real well on brass,so I would trade with you?
Unca' Jack -- You might need to offer to paint yours for him in order to sweeten the deal.
I have a nice set of Black ones.
I just tried to take the paint off a pair of headlight rims. Said to be '27, one has no script and the other has Ford Brown. The surprise is they are both steel. Was steel used in certain years ? Or, are these aftermarket intended to be painted ?
Check the rim details, if no script, probably aftermarket.
The '26-'27 are all brass with nickel plating, the earlier black rims are steel, all of these are for the 'H' lens, so that have that long tang clips for the edge of the 'H' lens. The brass T's in '15-'16 used the "Ford Brown' rims, these were solid brass....they are nice to have.
Rim for the 'H Lens
The rim for the plain round flat or painted Green visor lens uses a different clip to hold fast the round glass.
The headlight rims on my '25 Dodge were painted black. Every photo I saw showed the rims to be plated so I checked them with a magnet first. Yup, brass, so I wanted to remove the paint.
I went to the shop and tried the wire wheel but it wouldn't hardly scratch the paint so I set up a torch at a low flame and gently heated 4"-5" sections at time until the paint blistered which did not require much heat.
The paint then came off very easily with the wire wheel, the original plating isn't THAT bad and it really spruced up an otherwise pretty Plain Jane car.......
Thanks Dan, so the steel rims are around the early '20's model? My '27 had the brass Ford script rims but had some dents and cracks. The center picture is dead on with what I have here.
Thanks for the information ~
I have a set of '27 plated rings that need to be re-plated. Is it cheaper to buy a new set of plated rings or send mine to get re-plated?
I also have a set of rings that are primed and ready to paint if you need them.
Well repops are about $50.00 which i'm sure is cheaper than having them prep'd and plated. No script on the reproductions though.
I would shop around and find a reasonably priced plater. Your repops would likely be chrome which would not match your nickel shell and they would fit nicely which the repops may or may not do.
I had a pair nickel ones powder coated that I ran on my 25 coupe worked well.