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PostPost by: McBiter » Thu May 10, 2018 11:38 am

I am accumulating bits for re-chroming and am unsure about the external vents, both in front of the windscreen and behind the doors, as to whether they were chromed? They seem to be a silvered casting without any distinct gloss or evidence of having been chromed. Advice?
I also have two vacuum tanks, presumably handed, which are incorrect for my car since I need the failsafe variety.
Both seem new. and I'd love to fund a new failsfe one with their sale. Ebay or offers?

I'm in Kent near Rye
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PostPost by: theelanman » Thu May 10, 2018 1:37 pm

you should have a vacuum tank for the fail safe system too........

see the attachments

also I think the vents were painted silver rather than chromed.......I also think they could be mazak (monkey metal) which tends to disintegrate when dunked in a chroming bath
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PostPost by: jono » Thu May 10, 2018 2:34 pm

I had a (completely) untouched JPS 130 some time ago.

The grilles were indeed unplated mazac. I've seen some grilles painted black with the outer surfaced linished back - looked rather good but perhaps not original
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Thu May 10, 2018 3:58 pm

Some years ago I had a box with about 30 of these in, none were plated or painted in anyway. A gentle rubdown should be all they need.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu May 10, 2018 4:03 pm

theelanman wrote:you should have a vacuum tank for the fail safe system too........

see the attachments


Huh? They were not chromed, just painted...
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri May 11, 2018 7:51 am

For me the external vents are alloy and not painted.
You just need to get polishing :lol: Get the "Brasso " out and some Elbow Grease.
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PostPost by: LaikaTheDog » Fri May 11, 2018 11:27 am

I blasted mine repainted in satin black.
Sanded back the top surfaces using 1500 grit to get shiney alloy and lacquered so I don't need to polish again. ..
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PostPost by: theelanman » Fri May 11, 2018 11:36 am

LaikaTheDog wrote:I blasted mine repainted in satin black.
Sanded back the top surfaces using 1500 grit to get shiney alloy and lacquered so I don't need to polish again. ..



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PostPost by: McBiter » Fri May 11, 2018 1:29 pm

Thanks for the advice from all and the informative diagrams from elanman. I'll simply polish them and chase that perfect finish!
Re: vacuum tanks I had thought them new but now I've looked closer they're not. Some surface rust but would seem OK. I have no idea if they work however.
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