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    Can you share what you do with the tin foil and warm water.they have come up superb
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    Bloomin ell Steve, those rims have cetainly come up a treat, probably the first time a "snake oil" method has come up trumps - lol

    On another note, let me know when you are visitin Kenny Coleman at EDA i can pop round to see the truck lol - i'm only around the corner from Ken, he looks after the 383 in our Southern Roadcraft cobra - and (when i get the cash) will hopefully be doing the rebuild on it

    keep up the good work

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    Hey guys,

    Yes the tinfoil worked a treat. Just grab a roll of any old tinfoil, tear a large piece off the roll and scrunch it up into a ball, dip it into some warm water and scrub away. You have to change to a new piece of scrunched up tinfoil quite often as it dusnt last too long.

    Heres an extract on how the sciency bit works-

    How it works
    A common way to clean a rusted chrome surface such as a fender is to use a fine steel wool. However, when you use this method you have to use a lot of elbow grease and you still end up with a slightly dull surface with some amount of scratching not to mention the messy 'dust' left over from the steel wool. That's because you are physically scraping off the rust.
    When you use the aluminum foil method you are dissolving the rust chemically so you don't need to rub nearly as hard and since the aluminum foil is softer than the chrome, you are left with few if any scratches. This method also allows you to get the rust out of some minor pitting without having to dig into the surface.
    The aluminum oxide that is created by friction when you rub the surface of the chrome leeches the rust away and when combined with the water you added creates it's own polishing compound so you end up with a clean, smooth, shiny surface.

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    Will do Gary, i should be sending all registration paperwork off this week so should be visiting ken in the next few weeks. I spoke to him last week and he said they dont normally work on engines whilst there in a car, but said he'd make an exception aslong as i called in on a nice day so they could bring some equipment outside.

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    Heres a link to the site i found the tinfoil trick on-

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    yeh, Ken prefers the engines out to work on, but him and his team have done a few couple hour stints on our 383 with it in the car - needs to be a nice day though

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    Try alcan foil and coca cola. You won't believe the results on any chrome with brown rust on it.
    Its no good in the garage, Drive it!

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    white vinegar and crunched up foil works great too. those wheels came up great. get some poor boys wheel sealant on em they'll shine for ages

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    Hey guys.

    Quick update on the truck,

    I installed a dual throttle return spring kit at the weekend as i didnt like the look of the old single spring, it was hooked to the back of the alternater with a paperclip!

    I also decided to fit the fulton style visor back on, it was quite scratched up were it had rolled around in the bed of the truck during shipping. So i gave it a quick 1500grit then 2000grit wet sand, then a 2stage buff with my machine polisher. Its not perfect but its 100% better than before.

    I posted off all of the registration documents at the weekend so should hopefully be on the road in a couple of weeks

    I also treated myself to a new work bench, bench grinder and pillar drill. Oh and the obligatory US flad

    Thanks for looking

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    great result on the visor Steve, that really has cleaned up well.

    On another note, were did you get the dual throttle return spring kit from - could probably do with something fitting on the cobra too.

    look forward to seeing this in the flesh

    Gary

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