Does anyone know a good place to get a steering gear case nickel plated?
Tom, has Spokane Metal Finishers at 1519 E Trent closed? Have seen some of their excellent work.
Allan from down under.
We still have a good plating shop in Calgary
I used QualChrome for my 26 Touring. The plating was expensive but not unreasonable for the quality, which was exceptional. The car went on to get an ASGN and won Stynoski with no deductions for the plating. I would highly recommend them.
I haven't had any plating done for many years. I wonder how the cost of a DIY kit compares with hiring the work.
I have the Caswell Brush plating kit, which I've used to do piano parts. I haven't yet done a steering case, but I think it will do it. My T friend Lloyd also has a Dodge Brothers (as do I) and some other cars, so he went all out and got their "commercial" kit. He has dons some wonderful work with it, I suspect better work than most commercial places would do--plus, since he's doing it, he puts on a very thick layer of nickel, so you don't polish through it right away. Here's the dash he did for my '16 DB touring. He also made the lock for the glove box since mine was only half there, and they are made of rare unobtainium.
The Dash light cap is a repro, and wasn't plated by Lloyd. I have found an original one to replace it!
As per David, I've had good luck with the Caswell kit as well. The kit I purchased was around $60. As anyone who has done plating knows, most of the work is in polishing and preparation.
Like Eric, had my ’26 radiator shell nickel plated at QualKrom in Erie, PA. They did an outstanding job.
(Message edited by AzBob on April 22, 2018)
I did the steering case on my 26 Coupe with a Caswell kit and it turned out great. Like paint, the results depend on the prep work.