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Old 01-07-2011, 05:58 PM   #1
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Outside light replacement

How do you change the spotlight fixture near the door on a 1972 Overlander? It has the chrome ring and looks to be held in by solid rivets. I hope I don't have to unrivet and remove the interior panels because they are in very nice shape and I would probably mess them up if I try to take them out.

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Old 01-07-2011, 06:11 PM   #2
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Doug is this the light you are talking about. It should be attached with 6 phillips screws.

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Old 01-07-2011, 07:22 PM   #3
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Even if it is riveted, you should be able to drill them out from the outside and replace them. That is the point of blind rivets.
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:55 PM   #4
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That is the correct light. The rivets are solid head and not hollow like the interior rivets. To replace with the same type of rivet, I would have to remove the interior panel, correct? I wouldn't mind going with stainless screws. I do have to replace it though - it looks really gnarley!
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Doug - the rivets holding the light are likely Olympic rivets that have had the heads shaved - pretty fancy effort on someone's part for a light. They can be drilled out from the outside. Either center punch them to give your bit something to bite into or get one of these:

Rivet Removal Tool

Once you have the light installed seal the edge with Parbond. It will wick into the seam so it may take two coats to fully seal the gap.
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