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6/10/2021 4:45 PM  #1


Anybody ever buy from AMD (Auto Metal Direct)

I had a guy stop buy interested in some spare 66 Fairlane body part. He seen my bumpers (not on the car) and mentioned they were in good shape and asked if I was going to re-chrome them. He said he read good reviews from AMD and thought that may be a better way to go. My bumpers look great for a daily driver but with a black paint job I would like a new look. How well do re-chrome bumpers hold up? What I have to sell is both fenders (solid except for a small whole in 1) a good hood and trunk.  These are all original Ford parts, you don't find much parts this good around here. Figured that could buy both bumpers or go towards a re-chrome. I guess I'm asking about AMD quality.

Front Bumper - 66-67 Ford Fairlane 1966 Ford Fairlane Front Bumpers | AMD 100-8466 (autometaldirect.com)

Last edited by wsinsle (6/10/2021 5:36 PM)


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6/10/2021 5:18 PM  #2


Re: Anybody ever buy from AMD (Auto Metal Direct)

One of my big regrets is buying Nordan  bumpers instead of getting the O/E ones rechromed.
At the time rechroming were over $900CDN each and repops were about $100 USD.
The Nordans were laser cut flash chromed. Rechroming  process is copper plating then nickle followed by the chrome, they need up looking like jewelry.
I wish I could go back in time.


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6/10/2021 9:14 PM  #3


Re: Anybody ever buy from AMD (Auto Metal Direct)

I've been watching this channel  The craig909 ,
He is using AMD sheet metal to rebuild his  64 Galaxie , looks like great fit and quality
Cman

 

6/11/2021 4:53 AM  #4


Re: Anybody ever buy from AMD (Auto Metal Direct)

I've heard good things about AMD from Chevy guys I know.  They didn't seem to have much Ford stuff when last I checked, but I guess they are branching out.  The guys I know have Camaros and Chevelles and all said the stuff fit like OEM. 

 

6/11/2021 12:01 PM  #5


Re: Anybody ever buy from AMD (Auto Metal Direct)

cman66 wrote:

I've been watching this channel  The craig909 ,
He is using AMD sheet metal to rebuild his  64 Galaxie , looks like great fit and quality
Cman

 
That guy is awesome!  Some impressive work going on there!


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6/12/2021 12:44 PM  #6


Re: Anybody ever buy from AMD (Auto Metal Direct)

Greg B wrote:

cman66 wrote:

I've been watching this channel  The craig909 ,
He is using AMD sheet metal to rebuild his  64 Galaxie , looks like great fit and quality
Cman

 
That guy is awesome! Some impressive work going on there!

Watched a few of his videos, impressive. He did make good comments about AMD. Looked into ordering the bumpers, the rear was out of stock. Shipping on 1 was $13 + $25 over weight charge so they don't beat you up their either.


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6/12/2021 2:03 PM  #7


Re: Anybody ever buy from AMD (Auto Metal Direct)

My bumpers were in decent shape so I had them rechromed. That’s the road I wanted to take.

When I added the economics of new versus rechrome, I could buy new bumpers twice and still be cheaper than the chrome shop.

I’m curious, is your old front bumper about the same weight as the new one?


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6/12/2021 3:27 PM  #8


Re: Anybody ever buy from AMD (Auto Metal Direct)

I still have cheap rechromed bumpers on my car.  They were from a place that bought used bumpers and then rechromed them and sold them to you.  They aren't the best and at some point I'll replace them with my originals which I kept to have rechromed in the future.  I didn't have a spare $600 in 1994 at 17, so I did what I could afford.

 

6/12/2021 6:53 PM  #9


Re: Anybody ever buy from AMD (Auto Metal Direct)

In the old days I've had parts chromed that would evaporate ( if you can call it that) down to the copper after a few years.

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6/13/2021 6:11 AM  #10


Re: Anybody ever buy from AMD (Auto Metal Direct)

HudginJ3 wrote:

In the old days I've had parts chromed that would evaporate ( if you can call it that) down to the copper after a few years.

Evaporating chrome. Must be what's going on with some wheels on the stangs, but only getting down to the nickle
 

 

6/14/2021 5:48 AM  #11


Re: Anybody ever buy from AMD (Auto Metal Direct)

The nickel sulfate is the most expensive chemical used in the chroming process, which explains why cheap chrome uses so little of it.  Parts are supposed to sit in the nickel for 45-60 minutes, but the cheap places are pulling them in far less time than that.  Its actually the nickel that gives the part its shine.  The chromium is just a thin, super hard layer on top of the nickel that protects the nickel.  The chrome layer used is so thin as to be almost transparent. 

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