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MG TD TF 1500 - Headlight restoration

I have a pair of headlights which have been disassembled and re-chromed. The puzzle remains as to how to re-attach the stems to the buckets in an original manner as possible using rivets which are also chromium plated. These are missing.

Can anyone suggest a source for these rivets or an alternative method.

Thank you

G.E. Love

I would use the small polished stainless carriage-type bolts. Where did you get them re-chromed/how much?

John Redman

The best way would be to turn up some rivets from stainless and ensure the staight ends have a generous counter bore. This will enable you to spread them without too much force. If you don't have access to a lathe stainless bolts are another option. You should try a boat chandlers they sell stainless fittings for use on boats.


Jan T
J Targosz

Use threaded rivets available from Restoration Supply Company; used to be in Reno but believe I heard that they moved to Calif. Perhaps someone can provide a current address/ tel #. Don't buy the nuts they sell for the rivets get nyloc nuts localy.I think the size I used was 6-32x5/8. They worked very well.Terry
Terry O'Brien

Thanks for all your suggestions.

John, the lights form part of a TA restoration project I am currently working on for a client, and which he supplied already re-chromed but, as I said, with the rivets missing.
G.E. Love

This thread was discussed on 15/01/2005

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