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Re: Wires: Chrome vs. Painted

Subject: Re: Wires: Chrome vs. Painted
From: Graham McCann <>
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 09:03:37 +1000
At 11:25  10/9/96 PST, you wrote:
>Here's the first of what I assume will be many questions about my new B.
>Since I will probably have to replace three wheels due to worn splines, now is 
>the time to think about chrome wires.  What are the pros and cons of chrome
>painted?  I would assume that chrome wires require a lot of care to keep them 
>shiny.  I also wonder if chrome might be a little showy for a car as humble as 
>an MGB. I think the painted wires currently on the car go nicely with its 
>mineral blue finish. But my wife saw a few cars with chrome wires at the Palo 
>Alto show and thought they looked sharp.  What do you folks think?  Thanks for 
>the advice.
One of the most attractive features of chrome wires is that, provided the
spokes are stainless steel (as in Dayton wheels), subsequent adjustments for
loose spokes can be made without having to repaint the wheel where the paint
was displaced in the adjustment.  Also the stainless steel will not rust
whereas the normal spokes do and usually adjustment requires replacement of
the whole spoke and then repainting of the whole wheel - which then looks
out of place to the others so all four have to be done.

Also, the MGB looks great with chrome wheels and they were a factory option
over many years so originality is not compromised.

Graham McCann  Rivett, ACT. Australia
06 2889055

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