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T25 Pilot
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:35 pm    Post subject: Speedometer Support-plastic tab repair Reply with quote

Utilizing some ABS and Styrene plastic from various sourcesin my garage, I was able to reconstruct and reenforce a damaged corner on the speedometer plastic support.
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Solvent glue was used to smooth out the repaired area.
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Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice work! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow really nice work.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

x3 Really clean repair!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's a very nice repair, what about the other part

my dash pod is all broken where the screws would go through your repair into the dash pod
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that's a sweet repair. Great job & thanks for the photos and write up!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice, I need to do this to my spare...the syncro and westy have broken up speedo plastic.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you be more specific on the type of glue used? Also any hints on how to identify the types of plastic?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is some master fix man Cool

same questions:what type of glue did you use for fixing that corner?

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Technically it is dichloromethane (or methylene chloride) but is sold commercially as Plastic Weld or other such brand names. It is a solvent and works amazingly well with certain plastics such as styrene, ABS and acrylic (on some other plastics it does nothing at all). It fuses the pieces together without adding "glue". I have used it for many similar repairs and I am a big fan. It is usually available in hobby shops.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great useful information, thanks for posting!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good work indeed!

I had to repair the ear on my power mirror adjuster on my 80 series LC, and did something similar.

I used some small nails(picture frame nails) as imbeds into the existing plastic, and then used some epxoy called AquaMend. It comes in a small roll, and is a two part mix that you mash together kind of like play dough. You can form it to whatever shape you need and then modify the shape to what you need.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 5:29 pm    Post subject: Speedometer Support-solvent glue/ cement Reply with quote

The plastic cement I used for these repairs was made by Testors. It contains methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), however, in the past i have also
used the Plastic Weld mentioned by Perales. Both of these plastic cements/solvents are available at most craft stores, Walmarts, Kmarts, as well as hobby stores.
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In identifying suitable plastics for your repairs there are a couple of methods I use. One is to look for the recyleable triangle with the letters "PS"below it.
The other method involves testing a plastic piece with a drop of solvent to see if the plastic is softened, or try joining two test pieces together.
I've used wire spools, food containers, broken toy parts anythig I can get my hands on, preferably black in color.
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