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Old 10-04-2011, 10:52 PM   #1
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This past weekend I was out camping with the Tradewind. Somewhere on the way the drivers side taillight broke the two rivets off the inside half of the taillight. It held on till we got to camp, duct tape got it home. Now it needs to be re-attached, how much remeall to do it right, from the inside? How often do people do it from the outside, and where do you rivet? Size? Thanks MPJ
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Are you talking about the round 3" tail light, or the big aluminum housing that holds the tail lights and backup lights?
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:07 AM   #3
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I mean the whole aluminum housing, mpj
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I mean the whole aluminum housing, mpj
The tail light "bezel" is the metal housing.

It's attached to the quarter panels with rivets, from the back side of that panel.

In order to reinstall the bezel the same way, you would have to partially gut the interior rear end, and then take the interior quarter panel off.

A better and easier way, is to drill some holes in the corners of the recessed part of the bezel, and then refasten it with some # 8 metal screws.

That recessed part was originally painted blue, so if you dabbed a little blue paint on the screw heads, you would hardly notice them.

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Thanks Andy! Screws over rivets? Vulcum sealer on the joint? MPJ
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Thanks Andy! Screws over rivets? Vulcum sealer on the joint? MPJ
Vulkem would be good on the backside.

Use Parbond on the seam.

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