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Thread: Cabrio rear light covers.

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  1. #11 Re: Cabrio rear light covers. 
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    Not sure on the thickness, it was an old cover for a refrgeration unit, probably 0.5 to 1mm. I could have a look later tonight after work, currently sowing Barley in my tractor!
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  2. #12 Re: Cabrio rear light covers. 
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    Hi Scott,
    Don't trouble yourself, I was thinking on using the 1mm thickness, just needed confirmation.
    Thanks again for your help.
    Mike.
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  3. #13 Re: Cabrio rear light covers. 
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    No problem, perhaps you could post some pics to show others how to do it?
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  4. #14 Re: Cabrio rear light covers. 
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    By the way this is the sort of kit that I used to polish the stainless.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/174223511479
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  5. #15 Re: Cabrio rear light covers. 
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    Hi - Much easier to use stainless which is already polished, just don't scratch it while cutting out! It comes with a protective plastic film on the polished side, which helps. Polishing stainless or aluminium is hard work! I made some of these escutcheons for the lights (and door handles) from 1mm polished stainless, and just had a tab along the straight edge at the top, which clamped behind the lights. No need to drill, perfectly secure. The curved ends were made by gently beating around a former (a bit smaller than the radius on the lights) with a rubber mallet, and stayed in place without additional tabs or welding. Typical of Marlin, making the job more difficult than it need be! The stainless came from someone at a show, who had all sorts of sections, thicknesses, etc in stainless and aluminium, great for making all sorts of bits. No idea if they are still trading, but try -

    RnR Aluminium Stockholders - 01964 501207 - 07710 314662

    Make a cardboard template, and make whatever adjustments you want to that, before you attack the stainless. Get the curves looking right, and add a small slope to the rear of the curved sections, so the whole thing tilts forward slightly - the tab will need bending beyond 90deg if you do that. It may be worth making the tab over size to make bending easier, then trim afterwards.

    Hope that helps - Dave
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