Has any body out there had any luck with "metalizing" "plating" or what ever one calls it "rebuilding" old cranks to original OD's rods and mains? Thanks, Jerry.
You can do that but it is in general very risky and unreliable. For the same money you can buy a new crankshaft.
IMO if done correctly it will last on crankshafts. It will not work on axle shafts. I have had it done for the last 28 years on many, many crankshafts and never a failure. It cost about $40 per journal. I use a shop that specializes in metalizing.
I broke an axle in an International 1/2 ton pickup and could not find one for it. I welded is with 7018 rod and it ran for 5 years till I sold it.
I knew an old blacksmith who said he welded lots of springs in his forge until someone told him that it would not work.
I was reading about the New York to Paris race and the driver described breaking an axle, in the 1910 Thomas Flyer, in the middle of Russia. He had it forged welded and drove on to Paris.