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    Cool ATE Brake Booster Plating & Originality

    I have a question for the community regarding the restoration of the ATE Brake Booster used on the 190SL.

    Exhibit A: The Classic Center and ATE have this offering with several parts gold cadmium plated.

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    Exhibit B: The most common way I've seen them, no gold cad but some parts black oxide.

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    My question is: Which way is preferable for concourse level restoration? I have one in the shop ready for plating and assembly that's going into a car that will be judged in shows. We can plate in clear zinc and also convert to yellow chromate.

    I welcome all input. Our goal is correctness for judging and of course, for the sake of staying as original as possible.

    Thanks for your feedback.
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    Re: ATE Brake Booster Plating & Originality

    I think the two banjo bolts should be black, but everything else clear zinc.
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    Re: ATE Brake Booster Plating & Originality

    Dean,
    Perhaps these documents will assist you.
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    Re: ATE Brake Booster Plating & Originality

    These lists aren't that specific for the booster. It's possible that the bright hardware was cad, it's not always easy to tell, but since you are doing clear zinc, that would be close. I forgot to mention the nuts on the clamps, I use black since that's pretty standard for nuts and bolts, but since the hooks are bright, maybe ATE used bright nuts. I went over this subject recently with Will Samples and he was pretty sure that ATE never used yellow chromate, even on the later cars.
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    Re: ATE Brake Booster Plating & Originality

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Magno View Post
    These lists aren't that specific for the booster. It's possible that the bright hardware was cad, it's not always easy to tell, but since you are doing clear zinc, that would be close. I forgot to mention the nuts on the clamps, I use black since that's pretty standard for nuts and bolts, but since the hooks are bright, maybe ATE used bright nuts. I went over this subject recently with Will Samples and he was pretty sure that ATE never used yellow chromate, even on the later cars.
    I would tend to agree. While at BL Adams I had the opportunity to see quite a few brake boosters and never saw yellow chromate on any of them. Thanks for the input Henry.
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    Re: ATE Brake Booster Plating & Originality

    Here's a sample from the new Zinc plating setup in our shop. Pleased with the results.
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