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MG TD TF 1500 - Headlight buckets
|Greetings -- I was active on this board about 20 years ago, but went into hibernation when my car was "sorted." I'm in the process of reassembling my '52TD -- its second restore/refresh since the '80s. Headed to a very nice driver, not a show car (new paint is BRG5 from Land Rover, which is slightly metallic). I've been the custodian of the car since 1972.
As far as I can determine, the original headlight buckets were chrome; I had them re-plated in 1987. The quality was not great and they need to be redone (rust and loss of plate), which is too pricey for now.
I could simply clean them up and paint them, but I'm wondering if anyone has found an acceptable alternative in the new/repro market -- at a cost less than the usual suppliers. There are lots of "Dietz" type buckets available for <$100. Thoughts and experiences?
Obviously, I'm not a stickler for originality. Frankly, it doesn't matter to me if the bolts for the spare tire carrier are BSF, Whitworth, SAE, or metric -- as long as they hold and are consistent. That might make me an MG heretic?
|Early 52 buckets were painted. Later in 52 they went back. to Chrome. Don't ask me when! Mine is January 52 and they were painted. |
I, of course, chromed them.
It would not look out of place if you painted them.
|I just had two from my 1950 rechromed at Custom Polish and Plating in Houston Tx. They ran $400 for the two.|
IMHO, as you have a car that would fit into the area of painted headlight shells, I would say, sand them and paint them. The originals painted would not be an issue at all.
|I have the stainless steel headlamps from SVC on my car and am very pleased with them.|
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