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Anyone know what kind of metal the headlight assy. and doors are made out of? They are 2 part, the black peice in back and chrome peice in front.

It looks like aluminum, but I'm not sure. They are all oxidized and pitted, so I am going to clean them up. I would like to refinish them both all black, but if they are aluminum I dont think they can be powdercoated.

What are my finish options if they are aluminum?

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The headlight doors, grille sections, center emblem mounts and tail light bezels are all 'pot metal' far as I know. Your choices are slightly limited in that regard to refinishing them (ie: rechroming) however if you're going to paint the whole thing you'll probably not have too much trouble with it.
I've seen a couple Cougars that had all black grilles - looks pretty good actually, at least if you discount the lack of "original look".
 
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