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Re: Pot Metal Repairs (was 'Monkey Metal')

To: "Alan" <Alan@nfahc.co.uk>, "Healey List" <healeys@Autox.Team.Net>
Subject: Re: Pot Metal Repairs (was 'Monkey Metal')
From: "Rich C" <richchrysler@quickclic.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2004 17:04:00 -0500
Hello all,
The chroming shop I use (Cambridge Custom Chrome in Cambridge, Ontario, 
Canada) specializes in the labour intensive repairing of the pits in pot 
metal. Aparently under every raised blemish in the pot metal is a small 
crater of decay that must be drilled out, then filled. They use silver 
solder for this filling process. Then the usual triple chrome plating 
process completes the job.
This can be quite costly so if one has the choice for instance of buying 
new, vs. repairing, it's usually more cost effective to buy new. However, 
when there isn't a replacement available such as the early BN4 locking 
handles, there isn't any choice but to repair.
BTW, in working with the owner of Cambridge Chrome we have come up with the 
correct curvature for the rear bumper on the Hundred. I just picked up the 
completed trial bumper today and it's the perfect shape, following the arc 
of the rear of the body and finishing off correctly at the ends.
Rich Chrysler
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Alan" <Alan@nfahc.co.uk>
To: "Healey List" <healeys@Autox.Team.Net>
Sent: Thursday, November 25, 2004 12:40 PM
Subject: 'Monkey Metal'

> Hi folks.
> I have the correct locking door handle for the left side of my Longbridge
> BN4. Not surprisingly it has a number of small circular 'pit' marks 
> through
> the chrome and into the underlying base metal.  The handle and body appear
> to be made of 'pot' or 'monkey' metal which I believe is unsuitable for
> brazing (low melting point?).
> Does anyone have a method for restoring the surface of the metal before it
> is re-chromed?
> If you guys haven't worked out a method I guess it can't be done ;^{
> Cheers..........AlanB

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