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Just got this back!! Now its time to get it on the car! I did all the pre-chroming polishing with the exception of the little places that I could not reach with my conventional tools.
Valve covers will be next....:joy:

 

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The cost for the finish polishing (in the spots I couldn't get) and chroming was $175. It would have been $250 (I think) if I hadn't done any of the polishing. I'm pleased with it and look forward to getting it on the car!
 

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Holy cow man, that's looks friggin awesome! Any performace gains from it or is it just merely cosmetic!

Looks great!
 

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Wow, looks sweet! :)
 

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wow! That does look sweet. I think I'll do the same thing. Could you go thru the sanding steps real fast. By hand or Dremel? About how many hours? Whatever it was, it looks worth it!
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That looks awesome, and for sure, makes my stock one look sick. :)
However, you do know that chrome retains heat, which might not be a good thing.
 

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Looks good!! Check out mine!!! I love chrome!! I have not had any heat problems with the chrome. I have been making over 534 rwhp for more than 2 years. Let me know what you think! More pictures on my web site.
www.1bad98.corral.net
 

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GeoSnake said:
Just got this back!! Now its time to get it on the car! I did all the pre-chroming polishing with the exception of the little places that I could not reach with my conventional tools.
Valve covers will be next....:joy:

Looks very very sweeeet!!!

What's up with your web site?

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Great looking piece

With chrome valve covers .... you'll need sunglasses to check your oil. :)
 

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Someone above mentioned heat retention.....Jeff Barfield (1BAD98) has had his chroming and never a problem with heat retention. I don't take the car to the dragstrip....just to work every day and to shows. Hopefully no heat-related problems will arise. I'll put up my sanding/polishing steps tonight.

Thanks for all the comments!!
 

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OK...I didn't have all the nice things in the link above on polishing. I had simple tools in the garage. I had my electric drill as the main tool. I started with 80 grit flap wheels that attatch to the end of the drill. The flap wheels, small pieces of sand paper connected to a center shaft, can be found in different grits at most hardware stores. I used the 80 to get the initial roughness, then switched to a 120. I went through several of these. I then swithed to a small buffing disc, that attatched to the end of the same drill. I found a gray bar of polishing compound at a local truck stop (a buddy told me about this stuff). The compound was for several types of metal. It was not a finishing compound but smoothed out the scratches made by the 120 grit flap wheel. After that I switched to a new buffing pad and used Mother's aluminum polish to get the surface to a polish ready for chroming. Sound easy....about 10 or so hours invested in the above. It saved me $75 though, and every little bit helps since I'm in the middle of closing on a new house. That's about it though! Thanks for the comments!
 

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I had the intake chromed at Chrome Rite Plating in Fayetteville, North Carolina. I am pleased with the results. They are so backed up that it took about 5 weeks. BTW, I located a second upper intake cover so I could keep driving my car....thanks to Randy and Dan at True Blue Performance. Now I owe them my stock upper piece when I get the chrome one on!
 
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