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repairing headlight trim? #1308734
Sat Apr 27 2019 05:15 PM
Sat Apr 27 2019 05:15 PM
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2ManyTrucks  Offline OP
Shop Shark
Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 192
california
i thought i read someplace that there was a thread or post about how to repair headlight trim parts
i tried to search for it but i didn't find the specific post, i wanted to see how others try to fix original ones

if someone can please point me to the thread about how that's done or an article on that topic i would be appreciative

i tried my hand at it again and i think i did a better job this time, a few more and i might be able to make them look new
attached are photos of a stainless rim that i recently picked up from Turner's wrecking yard in Cali, it had some good dents and nasty scratches at where it got wiped against something hard.
i used only the tools in the photo with either solid metal backing or leather depending on the specific shape of the required pounding, i don't have a way to roll metal yet
near the end i did some sanding to reveal the high and low spots, then a bit more hammering
final sanding is wet 600 - 2000, then some polishing with a buffer, i used some black emery on a sisal wheel, then i went to meguiars compound and polish with a softer wheel
final polish was with a hard wool felt pad, no compound.
i think it came out alright looking, good enough until i get even better.
-s

Attached Files
washed.jpg (119 downloads)
close_up_before.jpg (121 downloads)
hammer_time.jpg (121 downloads)
polishing.jpg (120 downloads)
finished.jpg (118 downloads)

1430s, 1420, 9430
-2MT
Re: repairing headlight trim? [Re: 2ManyTrucks] #1308740
Sat Apr 27 2019 06:51 PM
Sat Apr 27 2019 06:51 PM
MNSmith  Offline
"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 2,597
So Cal
Heck! Looks good enough for the girls I go out with!!

Re: repairing headlight trim? [Re: 2ManyTrucks] #1308743
Sat Apr 27 2019 07:21 PM
Sat Apr 27 2019 07:21 PM
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Fox  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 1,408
Breton, Alberta
Want to do mine for me?



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1953 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- rusted
1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: repairing headlight trim? [Re: 2ManyTrucks] #1308744
Sat Apr 27 2019 07:26 PM
Sat Apr 27 2019 07:26 PM
J
Jeler  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Jun 2015
Posts: 162
Solon,Iowa
Excellent restoration! Looks brand new! Congrats!

Re: repairing headlight trim? [Re: 2ManyTrucks] #1308782
Sun Apr 28 2019 04:08 AM
Sun Apr 28 2019 04:08 AM
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2ManyTrucks  Offline OP
Shop Shark
Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 192
california
Thanks for the words of encouragement!
I’m not sure how good the reproduction ones are, perhaps the effort wasn’t justified, I spent like 3-4 hrs on this ring.
Maybe I’m a fool.
But I had fun
-s


1430s, 1420, 9430
-2MT
Re: repairing headlight trim? [Re: 2ManyTrucks] #1308820
Sun Apr 28 2019 07:10 PM
Sun Apr 28 2019 07:10 PM
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Apache1  Offline
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Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 298
Whitwell, TN
Nice work….you have found a new career...LOL


1959 Apache 3100 Fleetside SWB Resto-Mod



Re: repairing headlight trim? [Re: 2ManyTrucks] #1308872
Mon Apr 29 2019 02:35 AM
Mon Apr 29 2019 02:35 AM
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52Carl  Offline
Master Gabster
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 7,967
Virginia
WOW!!!
I tried that one time until the buffer caught the sharp back edge and sent me to the emergency room.
The repro rings now look absolutely perfect to me. They may not actually be, but my eyes now and forever harbor disdain for buffers.
Carl

Re: repairing headlight trim? [Re: 2ManyTrucks] #1308882
Mon Apr 29 2019 04:06 AM
Mon Apr 29 2019 04:06 AM
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Fox  Offline
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Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 1,408
Breton, Alberta
My reproductions look very nice but were a PITA to actually get them on. I’m not sure if it was something I was doing, but the originals clipped on perfectly in no time. I likely fought with them for the 3-4 hours you have in fixing the “good” ones! Huh...



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More pictures here

1953 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- rusted
1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: repairing headlight trim? [Re: 2ManyTrucks] #1308925
Mon Apr 29 2019 02:47 PM
Mon Apr 29 2019 02:47 PM
S
SmithLakeChevy  Offline
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: Feb 2019
Posts: 58
Alabama
That looks awesome awesome 2MT! I need to do the same on my 54' 3100 restoration project. I was looking for the same thread you mentioned and was also unable to find it. The tool on the far left looks like what I will need to get the dings out of my bezels. Do you mind telling me what it is or where you found it? It looks like hardened steel with a polished round head.
Thanks,
SLC



1954 3100 w/Hydra-Matic

"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."
Re: repairing headlight trim? [Re: 2ManyTrucks] #1308932
Mon Apr 29 2019 03:35 PM
Mon Apr 29 2019 03:35 PM
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2ManyTrucks  Offline OP
Shop Shark
Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 192
california
thank you everyone for the wonderful support! i feel so motivated to improve even more!

hi SLC,
the fancy tool is a valve out of a small gas engine smile
it has been ground into a makeshift punch about 30 years ago, and from abuse has a nice rounded tip and a slightly curved face
so it works well for light hammering from either end
the rod is 1/4 inch plane mild steel used as a drift, it's ends are also rounded lightly
the copper wire is just copper wire, easy to form to match the inside curves to tuck into the rolled edges of the rim

towards the end of shaping i find it works better to transition to hammering on hard steel as the amount of movement and area that needs shaping gets smaller and you need to get to as flat as possible so that the least sanding will be required, many small taps are worth more than one big tap of the hammer, you don't want to stretch the metal, just massage it back to where it came.

two more photos,
intermediate sanding to reveal high and low spots, this step is important for me,
close up of the repaired area, there are still waves, but a bit of practice goes a long way.
-s

Attached Files
partial_sanded.jpg (24 downloads)
close_up.jpg (24 downloads)

1430s, 1420, 9430
-2MT
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