The OE shifter in my GTO still works like new also but that is the exception not the rule after 42 years Gary. Bushings and other things wear from use, oxidization happens (sometimes in the extreme). As Pete explained to me when talking to him about an OE '69 Camaro shifter I'd picked up. He could simply rebuild the shifter but often the process of cleaning, de-oxidizing and rebusing the shifter leaves raw, un-treated metal behind. Simplest solution is to just do what Hurst did and plate it - or re-plate it in this case. It's not about looks. It's about function and longevity. The looks are just icing on the cake.