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Probably for the same reasons they allow the use of silicon brake fluid and unleaded gasoline and non asbestos brake pads. One of my pet peeves of what I've overheard in judging school is "that's not the way it was when it left the factory. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />" It makes no sense to use that mentality in judging and yet have that contradiction written in the rulebook. To the defense of the painted items, if you've got a rare car and the chrome is too far beyond being able to be rechromed, sometimes paint is your only course of action.

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Has anyone tried to have cad plating done in recent years? The EPA has just about forced it out of existance. Dull aluminum paint replicates cad very well and so has been deemed acceptable. ~ hvs

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We have zinc/cad plating done on a regular basis. Almost any plater can have it done for you and it's relatively cheap. Never understood why paint was considered acceptable. Wouldn't it follow that silver paint or chrome tape should then be ok as a replacement for chrome? Just another of the anachronisms in AACA judging. Don't get me wrong, I think it's the fairest system out there and I judge when I can but there are a few strange quirks to the system that need review in my humble opinion.

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I had all my orginial engine compartment bolts, clips, brackets, etc cap plated here in central PA for my 55 a few years back. They came out like new and looked just like " as it came from the factory". The box and a half of stuff cost me $150 and I can use a wrench on them without the worry of taking the paint off. No brainer.

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Apparently just another "urban myth" about cad plating being unavailable...kinda like "lacquer is no longer available". Did you know fingernail polish is lacquer? One thing that is becoming harder to find are slotted machine screws in certain sizes, especially 1/4 28 oval heads as used in door hinges of the thirties etc. I've been hoarding them for some time now.

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Charles D Snyder & Sons at 10th & Walnut Street, Harrisburg. Telephone #717-234-7047. They are located in the alley by the old Patriot new building, old Post Office and the Appalachian Brewery. They had a low and high shine cad of which I choose the high as you can always dull it down fairly easy but I didn't need to.

I did have some bolts come out not to my liking as they were not 100% clean when they did the plating. They were in terrible shape when I took them in. Recommend that you spend a small amount of time cleaning everything on a wire wheel first. Good luck on the Pontiac as I am kinda fond on them.

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Howard, don't get me wrong, plating has gone through the roof, but I laugh at how in the judging manual how the rulebook will overlook that, yet in other areas it won't because of originality. One prime example is the electric fuel pumps on the older cars. The rulebook allows for the chrome to be painted instead of rechromed, yet will dock a vehicle 30 points for having an electric fuel pump. With the difficulty of finding an old vacuum tank set up for some of these cars, let alone getting one to work is not easy. I can't figure out how you can overlook something that is clearly "not original" yet penalize a vehicle for adding something needed to get the car to where it will run.

I know that chrome plating is getting harder to do. After having our chrome done in Canada there is no place else to go now. The Canadians don't have the environmental regulations and can do the chrome in a manner that the US won't allow anymore. I know the place that does our chrome comes down into Buffalo and picks everything up and takes it across the border. Once they get the chrome, they call you, give you a price, and ship it right to your doorstep when they're done. If anyone has any intentions of going to the AGNM meet in Buffalo next year, there's your chance to be in the neighborhood to drop your chrome off.

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Pat ~ Boy they must have really changed the rules since I retired from judging at the end of last year. I never heard of allowing paint in place of chrome and an electric fuel pump was a 10 point deduction, unless of course you have 3 of them on the car. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" /> Are you sure on those two items?

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