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Old 05-23-2019, 11:51 AM
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Looks like a standard unity fixture. With tabs for the 71 bezel. My bet would be iner or outer left or right will go in. Don't know any one doing the plastic parts. As i recall those were plastic not metal but you have it in your hand so you will know. A quick check with USA parts or origional parts would revile if there is any aftermarket out there.
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Ed, you are correct it is a plastic part and I have not been able to find any nos. These are not too bad in all honesty. What I was hoping to track down was gaskets for them.

Paul, what vendors are out there that chrome parts anymore. I know the small job shops have closed here and become EPA Supersites, lol
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They never had any. The worse thing caddy did was use a fine threaded machine screw in a j nut. They would rust togather and impossible to get apart with out damage the bezel. But the never had a gasket.
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You will just have to watch for really nice, used examples in junk yards or on eBay. They are out there. I am sure that I have walked past them in yards many times, but not something that I would have previously watched for or would have bought.
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Ed, you are correct it is a plastic part and I have not been able to find any nos. These are not too bad in all honesty. What I was hoping to track down was gaskets for them.

Paul, what vendors are out there that chrome parts anymore. I know the small job shops have closed here and become EPA Supersites, lol
I am assuming that you are not referring to plating plastic parts. For die cast parts, I use Qual Krom in Eire PA. They work miracles with even broken parts.

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Was able to track down the part number and are from 72 DeVille headlights.

Paul, so how do plastic parts get that chrome look?
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Actually, any '72 Cadillac.
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Was able to track down the part number and are from 72 DeVille headlights.

Paul, so how do plastic parts get that chrome look?
I was under the impression that they were die cast. If they are "chrome" plated plastic, then that is an entirely different process. There was a company that I used about 20 years ago, however, they have gone out of business. The problem with plastic, is that the piece has to be absolutely free of any defects or scratches. The process is to coat the plastic with a extremely thin layer of aluminum, and then to apply a coating of lacquer. I don't know of any shops that still do this service.
At this point, you might want to try painting them with "chrome" paint. I have seen it at places like Walmart. You might also want to see if they have been reproduced.
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One place here in Ca does it.

http://www.mmmetalizing.com/
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..........or go the inexpensive route and find a nice set of originals! Y'all make this too dificult!
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