What to do with this tail light bezel?

Exterior Body, Paint, Trim, Chrome

  1. jluisfelipe

    jluisfelipe Well-Known Member

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    Hello friends, I have a 1970 Charger RT and I need this part back to life. Car is located in Europe and my options now are: buying a new one (I haven't found it yet), restoring mine or making something new. What do you think? Any advice is welcome.
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    Hammer, dolly and lots of hours.. it CAN be done. See my Bee restoration thread for ideas...
     
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      Box it up and send it to...


      Shine on Me
      239 S. La Esperanza
      San Clemente, CA 92672
      Attn: Norm Huie

      Email: huiehome@cox.net
      Phone: (949) 498-8974

      Norm's pricing is very fair, the quality is excellent & the turn around is fast....

      Not easy to find someone who can hit all three goals...
       
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        This reminds me of a sign that hung in the office of a film studio I worked in (I was a scenic carpenter):

        Quick/Cheap/Accurate
        Pick Two.
         
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        • jluisfelipe

          jluisfelipe Well-Known Member

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          Thanks for the reply. Car is in Spain, so shipping there and back would be very expensive. I guess restoring will be the most logic option.
          Do you know if they sell it (or reproduction)?
           
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          very expensive? you are restoring a Mopar.......whatever shipping may cost is a drop in the bucket
           
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            No reproduction & NOS is rare & $$$$ I'm sure there are tradesmen in Spain fully capable of making that part beautiful... I know when I lived there in the late 60's there were some very skilled guys... If you could get them to work.. Mostly I heard siesta & mañana... LOL
             
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            Is that chrome, stainless or aluminum??
             
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            @HEMI-ITIS- Those panels are stamped aluminum, brite anodized all over and paint detailed in specific areas. If high point restoration is the goal in my experience re-anodizing is the most difficult thing to find a suitable vendor for. Of late my aluminum trim ends up polished after straightening. Looks fine, but must be re-polished to keep shiny vs anodizing which can be wiped off with a rag and maintain it's shine for years. If anyone knows of an anodizer catering to the hobbiest please post their name/number here. Plenty of commercial anodizers in Los Angeles/Phoenix/etc. but they do not wantal with the onsy twosy irreplaceable parts of the hobbiest.
             
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            I posted Norm's info above... He does Brite Dip Anodizing...
             
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            5.7 HEMI here on the board did my 3 piece grille and headlight bezels.The bezels had some ding and he took care of that too. I personally like the polished aluminum over the anabrite. Contact Zak and you will be as happy !!!

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              More of Zack's work: DSCN3629.JPG DSCN3629.JPG DSCN3632.JPG DSCN3634.JPG DSCN3635.JPG
               
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                Did Zak do those directionals as well??
                 
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                I have used Bill Petrow at Special T's Unlimited in the Chicago area. They specialize in 62-65 Mopars but do all sorts of trim resto. I was happy with their work on my aluminum side mouldings. They straightened and re-anodized them. Not cheap but good work seldom is.
                 
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                  I got an specialist where I live that´s gonna restore it. Budget is 400 dollars (redone the aluminum and rechrome it). I will tell you the results. Thanks everyone for your help!
                   
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