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 Post subject: Binnacle trim
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:59 pm 
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I'm Making a binnacle similar to the original but the length of the chrome strip that goes around needs to be slightly longer. Does anybody know where I could get some or similar rather than buying 2 from minispares and cut one up. This is what I'm after http://www.minispares.com/product/Classic/Interior/Dash/14A9907.aspx?1702&ReturnUrl=/search/classic/binnacle.aspx%7CBack%20to%20search

Also does the trim bend easily to form a different shape or does it kink?


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 Post subject: Re: Binnacle trim
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:18 am 
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I'm not quite sure but I would say with almost certainty that being anodised, the actual material would bend but the anodising coating would crack or craze.


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 Post subject: Re: Binnacle trim
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:39 pm 
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Isn't that trim stainless? If so it will be very hard to bend.

Probably easier to go for something like this.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/6mm-X-15M-CH ... Swmh1Z34hM

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 Post subject: Re: Binnacle trim
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:11 pm 
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Thanks guys, I'm pretty sure its stainless as it doesn't have any rust or pitting on it that I can recall but could be chromed steel. I don't think you can anodise to that great of shine.
Thats an option but sure it would stick well enough if it's curved around the binnacle.


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 Post subject: Re: Binnacle trim
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:19 am 
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I only remember it fairly well because I tool it off the instrument binnacle of one of my mini Cooper and fitted a small motor cycle 30-0-30 ammeter above the temp gauge by jiggling the temp gauge position. Then had to re-face the binnacle with a piece of wood grain formica. Refitted the trim back, drilled through original clip holes and it looked a treat. :Let us know what it is, but I think you'll find that..................


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 Post subject: Re: Binnacle trim
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:25 pm 
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its stainless and you would need to be the hulk to bend it, its well hard, it will be formed on a mandrel roller or something like that when its new, I doubt anyone could bend it by hand and get it looking decent

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 Post subject: Re: Binnacle trim
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:24 pm 
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Ok thanks, not what I wanted to hear haha :lol: , I just emailed minispares about it.


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 Post subject: Re: Binnacle trim
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:51 pm 
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I managed to sort this out in the end.
First off get some 1/4" half round brass, make a jig and drill and tap some holes in it.
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Get Dad to bend it to the shape of your homemade binnacle and solder the ends together.
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spray Binnacle with wrinkle finish black paint
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Polish, tin nickel plate and fit trim
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 Post subject: Re: Binnacle trim
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:28 pm 
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That looks fantastic! Nice work, Alex.


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 Post subject: Re: Binnacle trim
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:10 pm 
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NICE work. A pleasure to see. Have you ever thought of marketing the finished article?


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