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Old 07-06-2018, 06:16 PM   #1
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AMD chrome plated steel grille for 69-70

When I restored my truck 3 years ago, the only aftermarket grille available was aluminum anodized, and is a POS. I hated it since the day I put it on. I noticed that AMD makes a steel chrome plated one and just wondering if anyone has purchased one? It's expensive, but I really have no other option because after 3 years, the one I have is toast.

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Old 07-06-2018, 06:41 PM   #2
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Looks good in the pic (of course). That price is getting close to the NOS original range.
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Old 07-06-2018, 07:06 PM   #3
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Looks good in the pic (of course). That price is getting close to the NOS original range.
If I could find one in Canada, I'd be all over an NOS one. Problem is the shipping and brokerage costs make it impossible to have one sent to me. I will need to find a dealer within driving distance. Sucks being a car guy and living north of the border.
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Old 07-06-2018, 08:38 PM   #4
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Hi Hemi43;
I just came thru the lines to-nite,and the kind lady in the booth informed us that as of July 1st all steel is subject to 25% tarrif.+duties+taxes applicable!With the exchange on Can-USA$ I am feeling not only a pinch,but might need some lube to justify the experience! Started my rebuild maybe too late? Tomq
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Old 07-06-2018, 08:47 PM   #5
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I just came thru the lines to-nite,and the kind lady in the booth informed us that as of July 1st all steel is subject to 25% tarrif.+duties+taxes applicable!With the exchange on Can-USA$ I am feeling not only a pinch,but might need some lube to justify the experience! Started my rebuild maybe too late? Tomq
Just another reason why I should have left this country years ago !
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Old 07-07-2018, 08:50 AM   #6
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Hemi, what if you drrove down here and installed it, then drive back home. Would they know? We could do it at my house
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Old 07-07-2018, 12:39 PM   #7
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Re: AMD chrome plated steel grille for 69-70

12 years ago i was asking a very knowledgeable blazer person about my 70 grill. Its in good shape but has some sanding marks on the trim from the PO. He suggested back then that I pull it and send it out to be chromed. Stating that he had seen them and they looked good. Based on the work that I have seem people do on these shows fixing mangled trim and sending it out to be rechromed. You might be able to straighten and old one and get it chromed
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12 years ago i was asking a very knowledgeable blazer person about my 70 grill. Its in good shape but has some sanding marks on the trim from the PO. He suggested back then that I pull it and send it out to be chromed. Stating that he had seen them and they looked good. Based on the work that I have seem people do on these shows fixing mangled trim and sending it out to be rechromed. You might be able to straighten and old one and get it chromed
Chroming aluminum is a compromise at best. Take a look at all the aluminum rims that have been chromed, most are peeling. Expansion rate between the dissimilar metals is too high and doesn't work. As far as trying to plate a grille, forget it, because the base metal is too thin and soft. You would crack the chrome probably while installing. Then there's cost. Even if I were to get the original grille plated, it would cost way more than just buying new.
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Hemi, what if you drrove down here and installed it, then drive back home. Would they know? We could do it at my house
Ha, thanks for the offer, but one thing I've learned over the years is don't mess around at the border. I'd rather pay a bit for the piece of mind and not risking getting red flagged at the border.
I got hold of a couple businesses that can get AMD parts and will be attending the Syracuse show in 2 weeks. Hopefully one of them will be able to get one on time.
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Old 07-07-2018, 07:51 PM   #10
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Here's an example of the $hit us Canadians have to go through;

Checkout from LMC website.....

LMC grille- $699.95
shipping -$121.30
Duties and taxes-$160.91
total -$982.16
with exchange - $1437.66

Total BS !!
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:55 PM   #11
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Yeah it really hurts up here. You basically double the price to get it up here. That's why my gear vendor Overdrive is still a dream instead of on my truck.
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Old 07-08-2018, 01:17 AM   #12
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Wow guys-and I thought California sucked! Why do they make it so hard on you (is it tariffs, socialism, greed: I'm sorry but I am too stupid to know the answer!)? I've been to parts of Canada and it is beautiful country, but this boggles my mind!!
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Old 07-08-2018, 09:39 AM   #13
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Wow guys-and I thought California sucked! Why do they make it so hard on you (is it tariffs, socialism, greed: I'm sorry but I am too stupid to know the answer!)? I've been to parts of Canada and it is beautiful country, but this boggles my mind!!
We are (unfortunately) much like California. Any stupid environmental item that gets passed in California, we are sure to follow. This is why I can't Buy refrigerant for my cars, or paint (unless water borne).
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Kinda makes me glad that I didn't buy a cabin in Canada.
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Hi hemi43;
What is the show in Syracuse? Not too far away, if it's interesting! Tomq
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What is the show in Syracuse? Not too far away, if it's interesting! Tomq
Largest car show there is. 8500+cars and a beautiful spot for it.
https://syracusenationals.com/
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