My father was a metal polisher for various companies doing chrome plating. All the parts have to be stripped first, like chroming in reverse. It's a nasty process with caustic chemicals. Then, they have to be re-polished, de-grease, nickel plated, copper plated then chrome over everything (it's what's referred as 'triple plating') Nickel and copper are 'relatively safe but chrome plating uses highly toxic chemicals (well, they all do but chrome uses cyanide if I remember right?) Restoration is often lot more expensive than replacement parts, depending if anything needs re-working before polishing and plating (filling pis with braze, welding cracks, etc) It's usually a lot cheaper if you have parts stripped then do 80%~90% of re-working. . Things like kickstart levers, etc are usually OK to do ('thick steel', anything that won't be affected with 0.001"~0.005" ground/polished off) I used to get a lot of stuff done real cheap ( or free when dad worked nights ) 40 yrs ago For original look On full restorations it's not unusual for a 10/10 resto to be downgraded if parts are over polished. Original parts may have casting seams, sand patterns, etc. When removed it devalues vehicle but realistically that's only for show vehicles restored to 'original condition, I preferred to have seams removed ;D
I like the Henry Abe wheels. Is it the 16 or 18? I have a GL set I'm sitting on. I'm going with Kawi mags on mine over the 750f spokes, because I also like vintage mags. So, I say go with the Abes, especially if it's an 18.