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Old 05-29-2007, 08:34 AM   #1
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Pitting Removal?

Thought I would pop out of the LadyBug thread and ask some gurus here about this little problem.

The old side marker lights 10-48 by Bargman were still original and practically rusted to the shell.
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We had bought all new ones from VTS - to include the extra three at the top - back and front that the 63 GT did not come with. (transport canada requires top marker lights so we will have to install them)
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To the question - it turns out that the new replacements do not actually fit perfect [662 SAE.P-69] and you can see the pitting of the old marker light.

Are the pits in your humble opinions too deep to remove?
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I have compounded the area with 37(medium) metal polish and 100 (fine) [I will be using Nuvite but found this in the 61 Overlander] so I gave it a whirl so that I could clean up the area around the new lights before installing them.

Okay so I would love to continue polishing - but that is not the priority right now I want to get using her and lights are my priority. But I do not want to have to remove them again as we have the skins off inside and the wiring is a breeze.

If you think the pits are too far gone - then I suggested plan B to the Hubster - that I clean up the bases of the old ones just for the side markers, prime and paint them chrome and rivet the housing from the new light to them. The lens is ever so slightly not the right shape but with a dab or clear parbon to seal the lens you would never know it.
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I can still work the area by hand with the #37 (and I also have some SS course grade) I can get the black out of the pit no problem - I left that for the picture to show you the depth.

So that is my choice

New lense with the shape of the pitting aluminum around it - or old base restored with a slightly off lens???

Please...any suggestions (besides replacing the whole panel ) will be most welcome.
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:47 AM   #2
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I would rework the old bases. Mount them in a big gob of butyl putty with stainless screws.
The new bases are so thin I think they might tear off if you hit a stiff headwind.
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Old 06-02-2007, 11:12 PM   #3
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Mark - yes they are really thin - but we found the lense just did not fit right - so we went with the new ones. But I have the nicely restored bases as a back up if they do happen to fly off going down the road
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:11 AM   #4
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Pit stop

The Alclad is most likely corroded through as is the case on my '57 FC due to the dissimilar metals. You will not likely get it polished any better than you already have. I used the repro lights and you can see the corrosion damage underneath. It's just another 'beauty mark'- I got over it (eventually)!
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