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Old 07-09-2019, 06:11 AM
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1986 Firebird Repair pop up headlight backshell

does anyone know if the backshell can be welded? Mine broke and requires fabricating a small section.

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Old 07-09-2019, 09:15 PM
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Re: 1986 Firebird Repair pop up headlight backshell

I'll answer my own question....

Yes, sort of. I welded to it tonight. It looks like the welds are attached but I'm not 100% convinced. My skills are not so great with the welder, but I got it plugged up and added a small section of sheet metal to repair a missing part. It's not pretty....

I can't tell what kind of metal that shell is made from - some sort of porous grainy stuff. It's definitely brittle.

Now I just have to see if it lasts.
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Re: 1986 Firebird Repair pop up headlight backshell

Its a cast "pot metal" -- I doubt a weld will hold over time. I'm actually impressed you didn't just melt it when you tried.

I would keep an eye out in the local junk yards for a new one, they are not too expensive.
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I have a set from an 85 is interested, should be the exact same and has the proper motors
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