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Old 12-11-2020, 07:29 PM   #1
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A customer in Texas sent us these transmission gearbox castings from a 1951 pickup truck, and asked us to build the rest of the unit. Since he's planning on putting the unit into a hot rod, he wanted it real pretty so he had the castings chrome plated. Hopefully, the car will show off the transmission a little bit.
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Old 12-11-2020, 07:40 PM   #2
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A customer in Texas sent us these transmission gearbox castings from a 1951 pickup truck, and asked us to build the rest of the unit. Since he's planning on putting the unit into a hot rod, he wanted it real pretty so he had the castings chrome plated. Hopefully, the car will show off the transmission a little bit.




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Old 12-11-2020, 07:41 PM   #3
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I wonder if he had them baked after plating.
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Beautiful!
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Old 12-11-2020, 08:03 PM   #5
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I wonder if he had them baked after plating.
You thinking hydrogen embrittlement?
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Old 12-11-2020, 08:17 PM   #6
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You thinking hydrogen embrittlement?
I'm thinking that chrome wheels and valve covers to me are awful, but that trans is somehow very cool. Who does that? Only other enthusiasts get that deep in to see the original ford transmission.
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Old 12-11-2020, 08:24 PM   #7
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WOW! Beautiful! $$$$
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Old 12-11-2020, 09:11 PM   #8
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Very Nice!!!

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Old 12-11-2020, 09:25 PM   #9
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You thinking hydrogen embrittlement?
Yes, big time. That is a HIGHLY stressed part.
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Old 12-11-2020, 09:30 PM   #10
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my tranny looked pretty good when i put it in. haven't seen it since
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my tranny looked pretty good when i put it in. haven't seen it since
That is sooo funny! lol
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Old 12-12-2020, 07:17 AM   #12
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Smooth surface + chrome = less wind resistance .we all know that. I do like it and I'd
really like to see photos of the whole truck especially the road side.
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Old 12-12-2020, 07:37 AM   #13
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my tranny looked pretty good when i put it in. Haven't seen it since
lol!!!
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Old 12-12-2020, 08:43 AM   #14
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Not sure how I feel about a chromed transmission...I may have to reflect on it for a while.
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Old 12-12-2020, 09:36 AM   #15
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Nice looking, did the plating effect the bores?
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How do you prevent the inside of the case from getting plated during the plating process?
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Wow It should look great in a show car. I wouldn't run that on the street. JMHO

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Old 12-12-2020, 11:46 AM   #18
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I would put a window in the floorboard, and lighting.
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Used to see them once in a while in show cars. They would jack up one side of the car and put lots of spotlights and angel hair underneath it. They also usually had a big mirror on the floor.

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I was concerned about the bearing bores and the bolt hole threads, but all was good. It didn’t appear that the plating was in the bearing bores, and, in fact, the bearing fit was good. So, we had no assembly issues.
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