How to Restore a 1968 Barracuda Pot Metal Grille

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How to Restore a 1968 Barracuda Pot Metal Grille with Super Alloy 1 low temperature solder and flux repair kit

Cracked, dented, bent, or twisted pot metal parts are no problem for Super Alloy 1 pot metal repair kit. In this testimonial, Muggy Weld customer Dan Novello demonstrates his success with restoring a 1968 Barracuda pot metal inner grille surround.

Dan first removed the chrome, nickel, and copper layers to reach the bare pot metal. He tried to bend the part back, but the brittle pot metal just broke away.

To restore his grille, Dan thoroughly cleaned the pot metal with sandpaper to remove oxidation and prepare the pot metal for soldering. Failure to pre-clean the pot metal will result in solder that does not bond to the parent metal and falls off.

Step 1: Pre-clean the part

Step 2: Broadly heat the part, indirectly heating the parent metal

Step 3: Dip the rod in the flux and apply the flux to the joint

Step 4: Continue to broadly heat the parent metal, observing the flux as a temperature guide. Super Alloy 1’s liquid flux transforms from golden to root beer brown when the pot metal has reached the 350°F working temperature.

Step 5: Add the rod to the joint area. Add more flux if necessary, to improve flow as you restore the pot metal grille

Step 6: Remove excess flux with warm water and a wire brush

Step 7: Chrome plate and reinstall

Super Alloy 1 can be applied with nearly any heat source: MAPP, propane, oxyacetylene, butane, heat gun and more. In addition to pot metal, this versatile solder can restore any of the following metals, in any combination: Zamak, stainless, copper, aluminum, bronze, brass, steel, zinc, galvanized metals, and pewter.

Available in 1/8 inch diameter or 3/32 inch diameter filler rods

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