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Tri-City Plating and my station wagon bumper

Jim 68cuda

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It's been years, more than twenty years, since I've had bumpers that I had to have rechromed. Back then, my go to place was always Tri-City Plating in Tennessee. They always had the best reviews, and the best warranty, the best customer service and reasonable prices. So, when I needed to get a bumper straightened and rechromed for my 67 Belvedere wagon, they were the only place I considered. I'm pleased to report that nothing's changed. Well, the prices maybe, but that's to be expected.
I'm slowly restoring a 67 Plymouth Belvedere wagon. A second 67 Belvedere wagon is kind of a beater car. I bought a new reproduction AMD front bumper from AMD (Auto Metal Direct), but there is no such option for station wagon rear bumpers. The rear bumpers from both my wagons appeared to have taken multiple hits over the years. I finally decided to send the worst one out and hope for the best, since both would require alot of work. I ended up dropping off the slightly mangled bumper at Tri-City's vendor spot at Chrysler Carlisle last month. That way I would only have to pay for shipping one way when it was done. The guys were busy setting up their tents and unpacking when I went by, but were happy to allow me to drop off the bumper. They took my name and number and told me "about six weeks". I was even impressed that the guy who took the bumper recognized it as a station wagon bumper.
Well, it's been about six weeks. Yesterday they called me to let me know the bumper was ready. They needed my credit card info and my shipping address and said it would ship out that day. That was yesterday. Late this morning I ventured out to my garage and found this sitting by the garage door. Wow! that was fast! I know I'm about a twelve hour drive from their place in Tennessee. And the bumper, how is it possible that its the same twisted piece of metal I gave them to work with. All I can say, is I'm almost tempted to have them work their magic with the original front bumper rather than use the reproduction piece. The cost was $800 for the one bumper plus $80 shipping. But this was also the roughest bumper I ever gave them to work with.
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I never consider anyone else for my bumpers.
 
That’s a good price, and it looks beautiful!
 
Wow I’m In Virginia also…..I will go them in the future for chorome
 
Wow, great price on that. Last time I checked....just the front bumper was like 1500
 
Tri-City for bumpers and straight chroming and right down the street is R&D refinishing for chroming pot metal parts. Their the best,but bring your wallet.
 
It's been years, more than twenty years, since I've had bumpers that I had to have rechromed. Back then, my go to place was always Tri-City Plating in Tennessee. They always had the best reviews, and the best warranty, the best customer service and reasonable prices. So, when I needed to get a bumper straightened and rechromed for my 67 Belvedere wagon, they were the only place I considered. I'm pleased to report that nothing's changed. Well, the prices maybe, but that's to be expected.
I'm slowly restoring a 67 Plymouth Belvedere wagon. A second 67 Belvedere wagon is kind of a beater car. I bought a new reproduction AMD front bumper from AMD (Auto Metal Direct), but there is no such option for station wagon rear bumpers. The rear bumpers from both my wagons appeared to have taken multiple hits over the years. I finally decided to send the worst one out and hope for the best, since both would require alot of work. I ended up dropping off the slightly mangled bumper at Tri-City's vendor spot at Chrysler Carlisle last month. That way I would only have to pay for shipping one way when it was done. The guys were busy setting up their tents and unpacking when I went by, but were happy to allow me to drop off the bumper. They took my name and number and told me "about six weeks". I was even impressed that the guy who took the bumper recognized it as a station wagon bumper.
Well, it's been about six weeks. Yesterday they called me to let me know the bumper was ready. They needed my credit card info and my shipping address and said it would ship out that day. That was yesterday. Late this morning I ventured out to my garage and found this sitting by the garage door. Wow! that was fast! I know I'm about a twelve hour drive from their place in Tennessee. And the bumper, how is it possible that its the same twisted piece of metal I gave them to work with. All I can say, is I'm almost tempted to have them work their magic with the original front bumper rather than use the reproduction piece. The cost was $800 for the one bumper plus $80 shipping. But this was also the roughest bumper I ever gave them to work with.
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Spacecoast plating in melbourne, florida has the same reputation. Good people.
 
800 is waaaaay lower than what I was thinking when I started reading this. I’ve spent that on a gallon of basecoat.
 
It's been years, more than twenty years, since I've had bumpers that I had to have rechromed. Back then, my go to place was always Tri-City Plating in Tennessee. They always had the best reviews, and the best warranty, the best customer service and reasonable prices. So, when I needed to get a bumper straightened and rechromed for my 67 Belvedere wagon, they were the only place I considered. I'm pleased to report that nothing's changed. Well, the prices maybe, but that's to be expected.
I'm slowly restoring a 67 Plymouth Belvedere wagon. A second 67 Belvedere wagon is kind of a beater car. I bought a new reproduction AMD front bumper from AMD (Auto Metal Direct), but there is no such option for station wagon rear bumpers. The rear bumpers from both my wagons appeared to have taken multiple hits over the years. I finally decided to send the worst one out and hope for the best, since both would require alot of work. I ended up dropping off the slightly mangled bumper at Tri-City's vendor spot at Chrysler Carlisle last month. That way I would only have to pay for shipping one way when it was done. The guys were busy setting up their tents and unpacking when I went by, but were happy to allow me to drop off the bumper. They took my name and number and told me "about six weeks". I was even impressed that the guy who took the bumper recognized it as a station wagon bumper.
Well, it's been about six weeks. Yesterday they called me to let me know the bumper was ready. They needed my credit card info and my shipping address and said it would ship out that day. That was yesterday. Late this morning I ventured out to my garage and found this sitting by the garage door. Wow! that was fast! I know I'm about a twelve hour drive from their place in Tennessee. And the bumper, how is it possible that its the same twisted piece of metal I gave them to work with. All I can say, is I'm almost tempted to have them work their magic with the original front bumper rather than use the reproduction piece. The cost was $800 for the one bumper plus $80 shipping. But this was also the roughest bumper I ever gave them to work with.
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I have front and rear I need to send to them for my 69 Super Bee. Now that you have the AMD one and this, could you offer a comparison? I've always been told the re-chromed are much better look and quality.
 
They are up the road from me and did my bumpers for my bee 20 years ago and they look like they just done them yesterday.
 
Tri City plating also keeps quite a few bumpers in stock for sale. That might be an option if you don't have a core to work with.
 
The quality of the chrome on the AMD bumpers has improved dramatically since the first ones were released. The ones done by Tri city are probably a level above the AMD one though.
 
I used Tri City when I lived in Cincinnati in the 1980s. Back then they were a pleasure to deal with long distance before the information superhighway. Glad to hear they are still in business and survived covid.
 
That looks really nice. Price was about what I paid for my rear bumper straighten and chrome plate.
I knew of that plater and was ready to ship my bumper there.
Metro Plating in Mesa Az. did mine and bumper came out great But took a few months to get done.
 
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