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Old 01-24-2018, 02:21 PM
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After a long search, finally found a brush guard! This one looks like I recall from the '80s - nice flush fit, and to boot, it is the version that connects to the frame which made me really happy.


I made an offer to a guy who had one on his truck that was for sale, probably paid more than I should have but these are tough to find. Turns out it's actually chrome underneath as well, now I need to sort out whether to strip it, or repaint it black...




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Sometimes you got to do what you got to do LOL.


Can you tell how good or bad the chrome is under the paint?
I think chrome looks better on your truck.
I would see what a plater wants to re-chrome it.
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Looks like the chrome had at least some surface rust. Nothing I can see looks too bad, like it might come off with elbow grease and chrome polish. Will need to strip the paint off some suspect areas.


That's a good idea seeing about re-chroming


These are so tough to find, I'm thinking about finding a machine shop that would be interested in replicating them for our trucks. If they made up a jig, these don't seem like they'd be too hard to fabricate
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Powder coat would look nice.
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Righteous! Nice find
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Sc, Lowes sells herculiner by the quarts, That's what I used on mine.I ended up coating it several times after a good sand blasting.TR
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Sc, Lowes sells herculiner by the quarts, That's what I used on mine.I ended up coating it several times after a good sand blasting.TR
That may look ok on a truck in flat black or camo but not a show room shiny truck IMO
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Here's what it's going on. I was thinking of taking it back to the chrome too, but am wondering if it will distract from the grille. I'd like to keep the "lines" of the bullnose grill showing up, and wonder if it would be better to have it black. Maybe like a satin / semi gloss black on the brush guard and the chrome grille would still show up underneath.




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Well painting is the cheapest over rechrom and if you don't like it black you can still get it chromed.
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Very nice find. Those are like hen's teeth any more.

I've had good luck bringing back chrome with a heavy-duty aluminum foil rub-down lubricated with dish soap, then sealing with a good quality wax.
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Great tip! Does the aluminum tend to scratch, or haze the chrome?


Also, would appreciate any thoughts you all have on trying chemical paint strippers. I tried a heat gun last night and it didn't work well. Paint comes off easily enough with a blade but hate to scratch
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SC WOW-good looking rig , and Dave I agree !.Initally the guard was chromed, I painted it black, then started rusting on the inside of tubes-toward grill (splitting)collecting water. I drilled holes in each tube and used herculiner.TR
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SC, could you trace the lower end on a piece of card-stock?
I have a brush guard here, but it's from some other year. I need a pattern for everything lower that the bottom bar, and the wrap around to the frame...
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SC, could you trace the lower end on a piece of card-stock?
I have a brush guard here, but it's from some other year. I need a pattern for everything lower that the bottom bar, and the wrap around to the frame...
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Hey Reamer Will do!
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