End of an era

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by JeffPM, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. JeffPM

    JeffPM Been here awhile

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    Bought this tube of simichrome back in '79 or '80. I finally used the last of it, here it is before hitting the garbage bin:

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    Through multiple moves, through college I somehow managed to not lose it. You can tell a couple things about me 1) I haven't had a lot of motorcycles with chrome or polished parts. 2) I'm really lazy when it comes to polishing metal bike parts.
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  2. EetsOK

    EetsOK Been here awhile

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    I have a can of penetrating oil like this. I rarely use it as I stole it from a former employer when we were all made redundant. It still smells like the old factory when ever I use. Good stuff too.

    My buddy has a can of silicone lube with the AMC brand on it. I think it is roughly 30 years old.

    Don't toss that tube, keep it as a trophy and a curiosity.
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  3. Contevita

    Contevita Cigar Adventurer

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    I got the same tube I bought back in 1992 and I still have it. I forgot about it and bought Mother's chrome polish for my chrome needs on the VW and these days I don't have anything with chrome.
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  4. motocopter

    motocopter new place explorer

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    Don't throw it out!

    Just put it in a prominent point in the garage.
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  5. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham Been here awhile

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    I was at an autocross a few years ago and was putting some anti-seize on my wheels. A middle aged guy sees the 8 oz bottle I have and says "that's a lifetime supply of anti-seize. I bought a bottle that size 20 years ago and I still have half of it left."

    To which I responded, "I guess that means you have 20 years left to live."
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  6. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    I got some semichrome that has to be 10 yrs old, a little goes a long way, plus I save it for the "bling" polishing jobs, regular cleaning/polishing of alum get the mother's .
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  7. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    I've got a can of Bel-Ray anti-sieze that i bought from the local Maico dealer in 1980 or 81.

    I still have about 1/2 of it left.
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  8. Mr. B

    Mr. B Contrarian

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    I think I still have a tube of Semichrome that I got 30 years ago. I didn't realize it was such a valuable commodity!
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  9. bracky72

    bracky72 Been here awhile

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    I have a can of 1980's never dull. That stuff lasts forever.
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  10. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

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    Simichrome,Bosch grease and Permatex antiseeze all bought in late 70's to early 80's.
    Will never run out in my lifetime and I use them routinely(well not so much the Simichrome)

    JR356
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  11. Hennepinboy

    Hennepinboy Have battery will travel.

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    I still have a 40 year old tin of Never Dull that I got from when I was in the US Air Force.
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