I have a 1954 hudson hornet special, 4 door and I'm looking to get going on the restoration! I'm currently missing the two chrome trim pieces for the rear quarter windows! Looking to buy them but not for an outrageous price! Please help me out!Thanks!
there are several hudson dealers left around.. one used to be in the venice california area.. are yours missing or just damaged/pitted beyond your wanting to reuse them..there are a handful of potmetal and stainless steel trim artists who can have them deplated. carve out the pits.. fill with as close to matching pot metal blend and finish the surface.. copper plate. fill or solder any additional divots.. another layer of copper plate.. polish.. if its perfect. then it gets nickel and then chrome plating. hint.. depending on the size.. as i don't know what shape they are.. carve some up out of something.. plaster.. bondo.. foam.. acrylic blocks.. once you get them perfect.. find a jeweler who has lost wax centrifical casting machine. hand them the parts . they will make silicone molds off your plugs.. then pour wax into the silicone. support in a coffee can and fill with very thin plaster of paris. that is vibrated to shake the bubble out. or in a bell jar to vacuum the bubbles out. they can then cast them up.. if you supply pot meter.. or even silver.. depending on their wants and abilities.. i worked in a caddy resto shop.. there are several with 23 carot gold letters on them. that are NOT plated. former bosses wife ran a jewerly store.. don't forget there is 3d printing now.. and 3D scanning of parts.. so if you can find some decent versions.. you can have them scanned and duplicated on a 3D printer. or even better .. have the molds made on a 3d printer with forethought to extract wax patterns without bending them.