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  • Jack B.
    I called Vibroplex and I was told they are in the process of changing the vendor who does their chrome and gold plating, so they can t provide a finished gold
    Message 1 of 21 , Dec 9, 2008
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      I called Vibroplex and I was told they are in the process of changing
      the vendor who does their chrome and gold plating, so they can't
      provide a finished gold plate for the Presentation any time soon. No
      word as to the reason for changing platers, but I hope they find a
      good one.

      Looks like I'll have to straighten out the old brass and use a local
      plater after all.

      Jack - N0NV



      --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "Jack B." <nzeronv@...> wrote:
      >
      >
      > I was able to borrow a pin punch, which worked very well indeed.
      > After inspecting the gold-plated plate, I decided to buy a new one
      > from Vibroplex because the original was too bent up at the front.
      > Also, I like to patronize the factory when it's practical to do so.
      >
      > I'll have to make sure I have a punch that won't slip off the rivets
      > as I re-install things later. I want this to be a curse-free job.
      >
      > When I'm done, this will be my best bug -- functionally and
      > cosmetically. A nice Christmas gift from me to me.
      >
      > 73,
      >
      > Jack - N0NV
      >
      >
      >
      > --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "Jack B." <nzeronv@> wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > > I'd like to replace the gold-plated brass plate on a Vibroplex
      > > Presentation bug. My question is, how difficult is it to replace the
      > > rivets which hold down the ID plate? Is it simply a matter of
      > > punching them out from the bottom, then hammering them in from the top
      > > afterward? If that's the case, I'll need a very narrow punch to drive
      > > them out.
      > >
      > > Thanks / 73
      > >
      > > Jack - N0NV
      > >
      >
    • David Ring
      If you don t want to do this, contact Vibroplex and ask them to sell you an unplated brass overlay used on the Presentation model of the Vibroplex Original
      Message 2 of 21 , Dec 9, 2008
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        If you don't want to do this, contact Vibroplex and ask them to sell you an unplated brass overlay used on the Presentation model of the Vibroplex Original bug, it will fit both the current gold topped Original model and the previous Presentation model.

        73

        David N1EA

        -30-


        On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 10:14 AM, Jack B. <nzeronv@...> wrote:

        I called Vibroplex and I was told they are in the process of changing
        the vendor who does their chrome and gold plating, so they can't
        provide a finished gold plate for the Presentation any time soon. No
        word as to the reason for changing platers, but I hope they find a
        good one.

        Looks like I'll have to straighten out the old brass and use a local
        plater after all.

        Jack - N0NV



        --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "Jack B." <nzeronv@...> wrote:
        >
        >
        > I was able to borrow a pin punch, which worked very well indeed.
        > After inspecting the gold-plated plate, I decided to buy a new one
        > from Vibroplex because the original was too bent up at the front.
        > Also, I like to patronize the factory when it's practical to do so.
        >
        > I'll have to make sure I have a punch that won't slip off the rivets
        > as I re-install things later.  I want this to be a curse-free job.
        >
        > When I'm done, this will be my best bug -- functionally and
        > cosmetically.  A nice Christmas gift from me to me.
        >
        > 73,
        >
        > Jack - N0NV
        >
        >
        >
        > --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "Jack B." <nzeronv@> wrote:
        > >
        > >
        > > I'd like to replace the gold-plated brass plate on a Vibroplex
        > > Presentation bug.  My question is, how difficult is it to replace the
        > > rivets which hold down the ID plate?  Is it simply a matter of
        > > punching them out from the bottom, then hammering them in from the top
        > > afterward?  If that's the case, I'll need a very narrow punch to drive
        > > them out.
        > >
        > > Thanks / 73
        > >
        > > Jack - N0NV
        > >
        >



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      • Earl Needham
        ... I suspect they didn t get the results they wanted from the old plater. Remember, they had NUMEROUS seconds for poor plating, pitting, etc., during the
        Message 3 of 21 , Dec 11, 2008
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          Jack B. wrote:
          > I called Vibroplex and I was told they are in the process of changing
          > the vendor who does their chrome and gold plating, so they can't
          > provide a finished gold plate for the Presentation any time soon. No
          > word as to the reason for changing platers, but I hope they find a
          > good one.
          >
          I suspect they didn't get the results they wanted from the old plater. Remember, they had NUMEROUS "seconds" for poor plating, pitting, etc., during the past couple of years.

          7 3
          Earl

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        • ve7bgp
          Hello All on this Thread In September I got a old 54 Blue Racer that was in really nice shape except the Paint was peeling off it it was not primed properly
          Message 4 of 21 , Dec 11, 2008
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            Hello All on this Thread
            In September I got a old '54 Blue Racer that was in really nice shape
            except the Paint was peeling off it it was not primed properly in the
            Factory. I wanted to refinish the base of that bug. The Rivets on the
            plate was my worst worry about doing that job. The Rivets punched out
            nicely with a little hand punch my Dad made out of an old Choke Cable
            from a wrecked car. I got the base nicely refinished in Tremclad Gray
            Hammertone and let it set a couple of days. The first part to put on
            the Bug when you are reassembling it is the label. I lined the label
            and started the pins with a Fine Needle nosed Pliers. I used the
            Plastic Handle of a medium sized screwdriver to gently drive in the
            rivets. They are easy to put in and do not need much force at all. I
            hope that helps.
            73
            Gerry VE7BGP
          • Jack B.
            My new gold-plated brass plate has been plated with electroless nickel plate, .0003 min thick, followed by bright hard gold plate, .000010 thick . I don t
            Message 5 of 21 , Dec 23, 2008
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              My new gold-plated brass plate has been plated with "electroless
              nickel plate, .0003 min thick, followed by bright hard gold plate,
              .000010 thick". I don't know how much better this is than the plating
              originally put on by Vibroplex, but it sure looks great! I
              re-inserted the rivet pins using the inverted screwdriver technique
              mentioned by Gerry.

              There were some hardships regarding the plate, which I have posted on
              my web site:

              http://members.tcq.net/nzeronv/presentation_bug_227915_gpbp.pdf

              Thanks for all the helpful advice from everyone.

              73,

              Jack - N0NV
            • Jack B.
              P.S. I think I ll have that drink now. .... .. -Jack-
              Message 6 of 21 , Dec 23, 2008
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                P.S. I think I'll have that drink now.
                .... ..

                -Jack-


                --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "Jack B." <nzeronv@...> wrote:
                >
                >
                >
                > My new gold-plated brass plate has been plated with "electroless
                > nickel plate, .0003 min thick, followed by bright hard gold plate,
                > .000010 thick". I don't know how much better this is than the plating
                > originally put on by Vibroplex, but it sure looks great! I
                > re-inserted the rivet pins using the inverted screwdriver technique
                > mentioned by Gerry.
                >
                > There were some hardships regarding the plate, which I have posted on
                > my web site:
                >
                > http://members.tcq.net/nzeronv/presentation_bug_227915_gpbp.pdf
                >
                > Thanks for all the helpful advice from everyone.
                >
                > 73,
                >
                > Jack - N0NV
                >
              • Ron Johnson
                Well done Jack. A shame it s not full size but it looks good. Yes, go and get that drink and have a great Christmas. Regards, Ron g3xov ... From: Jack B.
                Message 7 of 21 , Dec 23, 2008
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                  Well done Jack. A shame it's not full size but it looks good.
                  Yes, go and get that drink and have a great Christmas.
                  Regards, Ron g3xov


                  --- On Tue, 23/12/08, Jack B. <nzeronv@...> wrote:
                  From: Jack B. <nzeronv@...>
                  Subject: [cw_bugs] Re: Vibroplex Rivets - Replacing the Presentation Plate
                  To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
                  Date: Tuesday, 23 December, 2008, 11:27 PM



                  P.S. I think I'll have that drink now.
                  .... ..

                  -Jack-

                  --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups .com, "Jack B." <nzeronv@... > wrote:
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > My new gold-plated brass plate has been plated with "electroless
                  > nickel plate, .0003 min thick, followed by bright hard gold plate,
                  > .000010 thick". I don't know how much better this is than the plating
                  > originally put on by Vibroplex, but it sure looks great! I
                  > re-inserted the rivet pins using the inverted screwdriver technique
                  > mentioned by Gerry.
                  >
                  > There were some hardships regarding the plate, which I have posted on
                  > my web site:
                  >
                  > http://members. tcq.net/nzeronv/ presentation_ bug_227915_ gpbp.pdf
                  >
                  > Thanks for all the helpful advice from everyone.
                  >
                  > 73,
                  >
                  > Jack - N0NV
                  >

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