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S-3 tail light bezels

PostPost by: bluesbrother30 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:45 pm

Are there any new sources for the chrome tail light bezel on S-3 Elans? This is the "Vauxhall" style light. I have a pair but they are badly pitted. Does anyone know if in fact they are from a Vauxhall and, if so, what model??

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PostPost by: ericbushby » Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:56 pm

Mike, I believe they were from the 1962 Vauxhall Victor and are usually considered unobtainable.
They do turn up on ebay occasionally, but are in great demand, so the price can be high. Lenses are easier to find.
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PostPost by: S3FHC » Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:43 pm

Hello Mike,

this link is a few years old but he may be worth a try?

https://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/t ... -for-sale/

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PostPost by: fattogatto » Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:50 pm

I hope this site is current as they have charged my card for a pair of these. They are not chromed but could be chromed or, as suggested, polished to a high degree.

http://www.kelsport.net/parts/product_d ... ctionID=25
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PostPost by: ericbushby » Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:59 pm

Thanks Mark and Charlie,
I didn`t know about them. At last, a source of a suitable replacement. Mine are OK so far, but how long will they last.
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PostPost by: ElanDNA » Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:41 pm

ericbushby wrote:Mike, I believe they were from the 1962 Vauxhall Victor and are usually considered unobtainable.
They do turn up on ebay occasionally, but are in great demand, so the price can be high. Lenses are easier to find.
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Hi
A nice picture from a Vauxhall Victor:
vauxhall-victor.jpg and

Possible alternative but much rarer:
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I had them mounted for a while. My frends smile about them.

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PostPost by: billwill » Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:09 am

You could try treating them like a fibreglass repair.
Sand them smooth
Fill the pits with filler and sand smooth again
Paint with undercoat
Spray paint with Chrome-style spray paint.
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PostPost by: john1180 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:39 pm

Curious to know what material the kevedon bezels are made of?
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PostPost by: ElanDNA » Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:02 pm

fattogatto wrote:I hope this site is current as they have charged my card for a pair of these. They are not chromed but could be chromed or, as suggested, polished to a high degree.

http://www.kelsport.net/parts/product_d ... ctionID=25

Hi
Kelvedon is good. I had a few parts from them.
Can you tell us later, how good this bezels are?
Is the fitting the lenses ok? When you they chromed, enough space left for the lenses, or must you grinding a lot of material, for to make place inside, to apply copper, nickel and chrome?
It's possible, then they are a good, cheep alternative.
I had my bezels handmade in cast aluminium.
It gives much work, and costs me 600 bucks, and not including plenty of days work,
a boot full cigarettes and a truck full with beer!! :roll:

Only 3 of 35 pictures:
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Sorry for translating error.
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PostPost by: billwill » Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:59 am

Nice lights.

Don't worry about any translation errors, if any of us don't understand what you meant, we will ask you.
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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:12 am

Has anyone considered having a small run manufactured via rapid prototyping? There are several ways of doing it, including having the 3D resin part plated with metal or a female mold plated for a short production run.

How many would be interested?

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PostPost by: bitsobrits » Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:20 am

Definitely interested
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