WG Buick Rally Wheel Restoration/Reproduction

Discussion in 'Chassis restoration' started by GSX10/10, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. GSX10/10

    GSX10/10 Well-Known Member

    As it seems the reproduction wheels seem to be on terminal backorder (I have been waiting since early Oct. and have tried a few sources with the same result), I may have to have my original WG wheels replated sooner than I was prepared for. I called Rally America and they said they no longer do this type of work where they have to cut the center from the hoop. I think this typically has to be done this way do the the chrome plating process with regard to proper coverage.

    Steve no longer does this service and it looks like the Buick community might just be screwed on this. Any thoughts or recommendations from folks who have had this done?
  2. GSX10/10

    GSX10/10 Well-Known Member

    OK, I think I may have found a source that will do the wheels properly - CalChrome.com. I spoke with the guy today and it appears they can do wheels as a single unit, or separate the inside from the hoop and plate them each, then weld back together. I asked about the "satin chrome" on the center and he indicated that if this were left unpolished, it would be somewhat dull after the plating process. I think if the center was only cleaned and not sanded, etc. to remove the slightly rough texture, you might get a similar result?

    Of course they are not cheap - single wheels are slightly more than a reproduction piece and to have the wheels separated, it's about twice the cost.
  3. 87GN_70GS

    87GN_70GS Well-Known Member

    Curt Mckim on this board does this
  4. Hawken

    Hawken Hawken

    Which process? Replating an entire wheel? Or, cutting the centers, replating the two separated pieces and then welding them back together?

    What's his avatar/screen name or contact info?
  5. 87GN_70GS

    87GN_70GS Well-Known Member

    Curt McKim

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