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Model Technical and Interest => Fulvia => Topic started by: Scarpia on 11 October, 2008, 05:26:18 PM

Title: gold cromadoras
Post by: Scarpia on 11 October, 2008, 05:26:18 PM
was gold an original finish on cromadoras?.They are a set of 5 in good condition (5.5x14j) which I guess originally were fitted on a 2000HF but would fit on my fulvia fit 1.3s. It seems a shame not to use them but my original steel wheels look good so I have not bothered fitting comadoras. (My car's white and whilst the gold looks ok on red cars I'm not keen on putting them on my white car.) I'm thinking of stripping them/respraying to get an alloy finish but but I'm not sure if this is possible or practical. Any ideas how to do this or if its possible without damaging them?.

Title: Re: gold cromadoras
Post by: chugga boom on 12 October, 2008, 03:05:38 PM
if the wheels have little or no corrosion just rub them down dry with 400grt and repaint, problem with cromadoras is they are mag alloy which is a bit of a sponge with moisture, the only way i found to paint my wheels without corrosion re appering was to paint them hot straight out of a stove enamelling oven, 3 times it took to stop the damn things corroding, so my advice is if the origional paint is sound paint over it!!! ;)

Title: Re: gold cromadoras
Post by: ColinMarr on 12 October, 2008, 04:46:27 PM

I donít think Cromodoras on Fulvias or Flavias were originally anything other than a grey/ silver metallic.

My car is on 14 X 5.5J Cromodoras and I think they look good and give a less lumpy drive and better handling than with the 6J wheels I have also used.

Chugga is right to warn about the fact that they are made of a magnesium-aluminium alloy. When I had mine powder coated the so called reputable company I took them to made a mess of them because they assumed they were a conventional aluminium alloy and they had to be re-done. And if you go for powder coating, ask them not to build up the thickness of the section around the valve hole. These wheels were designed to take inner-tubes and if you are going to run them with tubeless tyres you need to accommodate valves in a thicker section than is normal. I resorted to using bolt-in valves, but the tolerances were very tight.


Title: Re: gold cromadoras
Post by: Philm on 13 October, 2008, 12:26:10 PM
I always though (and weighing both the sets I have seems to confirm this) that the 6J Fulvia HF Crommodora's were a magnesium alloy and the 5.5J Flavia type alloys were an aluminium alloy. With the 6J wheels you can though run into arch clearance issues (particularly with 2 children in the back, some luggage and then pounding round Silverstone).