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Stephen Newell
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 5:58 am    Post subject: Nickel sheet metal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Anyone have any experience with it. I need to fabricate a replacement locked cover for a trade stimulator like this one. It won't be something put out for public use but I would like to make it as close to the original as I can. I don't want to use metal that is too thin which after a few uses the corners get all bent out of shape. Aesthetically I think the space would accommodate 2mm or 5/64 thickness. Just don't know how rigid the sheetmetal is.

I'm using nickle because mine I cleaned and polished the surrounding metal and discovered it was nickel.

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 10:41 am    Post subject: Re: Nickel sheet metal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That's a nice machine. It may be tough to find pure nickel sheet metal. Just a few random thoughts- Monel metal is a mainly nickel alloy, and was used for the tubs of early Maytag washers. Perhaps a bumper shop or plating shop that still uses the triple chrome process could nickel plate a mild steel replacement. Some stainless steels can be hand polished to look like nickel. Interesting project, let us know what you find out. unc
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 2:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Nickel sheet metal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have scraps of stainless in my shop and held it up next to the machine and it looks blue so I ruled that out. I thought about plain steel but I wouldn't be able to keep it from rusting. Ebay has a vendor which has solid nickel sheetmetal I could order but having
never seen it before don't know if it would be rigid enough or not. A small piece of sheet metal about 4 square was more than 30 bucks. I would only be willing if I knew it would work. No telling how much a plating shop would charge.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 5:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Nickel sheet metal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Here's some. Pricey though!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 6:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Nickel sheet metal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Worst of it is the door is only 1 3/16 x 2 1/4. As little as it is it might be cheaper to find some product to cannibalize for the part. I had to order some miniature cam locks for that door and the back cover so maybe I can find something before the locks get here.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2021 12:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Nickel sheet metal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

OK, I ended up cheating on the metal. I found a piece of galvanized tin that wasn't so blotchy and buffed it with some 0000 steel wool and I think it's close enough. Here is the before and after picture.



 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Nickel sheet metal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You did a very nice job on it. Looks like new. What were they really used for? Did it really pay off in cigarettes?

Garry
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2021 4:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Nickel sheet metal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It was an incentive for people to buy gum. There was no cigarettes in the machine, If you won you showed the clerk and they gave you a pack of cigarettes. If you didn't smoke you could sell the pack of cigarettes back to the store. Kind of a loop hole which made it
legal. Even today in some states it's illegal to have such a machine in a store.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2021 5:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Nickel sheet metal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Its definitely pre-WWII, what with the Green Lucky Strike pack images. Thanks for posting.

Garry
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2021 4:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Nickel sheet metal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There is a tag inside mine that has a manufacturing date of 1935. My wife's grandmother had a small store where she used the machine. It was missing some parts but luckily the machine only needed one small spring to make it work. I just had to fabricate a little door
for where you fill it with gum and it was missing the back and the container that catches the coins. Only took a few weeks to restore, mainly because I had to order locks for it which was small enough to fit.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2021 5:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Nickel sheet metal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Stephen Newell wrote:
(quoted from post at 13:19:14 06/08/21) OK, I ended up cheating on the metal. I found a piece of galvanized tin that wasn't so blotchy and buffed it with some 0000 steel wool and I think it's close enough. Here is the before and after picture.
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That's a wonderful revival! Nice
 
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