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Post by top_back_5.0 on Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:53 pm

Ok, i just got a new set of head lights up at carlisle, and sure enough i find out they don't come with hardware. the old bolts that hold the headlights are being pretty stubborn. i've only got the passenger side out so far, but i'm just curious if whether there is anyplace that makes repops, or do i just have to hit mustang mike's to get some used ones? at this point i'm pretty much stuck grinding out the old ones, cuz a ratchet and vise grips aren't doing it here


btw, i know 5.0 resto has reproduction nuts, but i need the whole stud. what feeds into the adjustment plate. (sorry if i'm being redundant by being specific, but hey, better safe than sorry.)
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Post by TT_05_Stang on Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:07 pm

It's been a while since I have looked at a fox headlamp adjuster.

I thought it was all part of the adjustment plate.

http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/item/LRS-13118/87-93-Mustang-Rh-Headlight-Adjusting-Plate
http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/item/LRS-13119/87-93-Mustang-Lh-Headlight-Adjusting-Plate
http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/products/Mustang-Headlight-Related-Hardware

I have a full 89 GT front end in my carport. I will check them out. It has headlamps and all.

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Re: head light studs won't come out?

Post by top_back_5.0 on Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:55 pm

It is. My problem is the nuts that hold the studs won't come off. The assemblies are out, the studs with the nuts on them are still stuck in the body though. Any reason I can't just grind the studs out and just get new washers and nuts at lowes?
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Post by TT_05_Stang on Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:24 pm

I think they are molded in. So might not work. But with anything a little bit of ingenuity and you can get it to work

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Post by top_back_5.0 on Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:03 pm

this has been pure hell trying to get these studs out. bought some new vise grips, that helped a little. got 2 more of the studs out, but have at least 2 to go, maybe 4. hopefully i manage to get them out after work tomorrow.
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Post by mjr46 on Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:11 pm

top_back_5.0 wrote:Ok, i just got a new set of head lights up at carlisle, and sure enough i find out they don't come with hardware. the old bolts that hold the headlights are being pretty stubborn. i've only got the passenger side out so far, but i'm just curious if whether there is anyplace that makes repops, or do i just have to hit mustang mike's to get some used ones? at this point i'm pretty much stuck grinding out the old ones, cuz a ratchet and vise grips aren't doing it here


btw, i know 5.0 resto has reproduction nuts, but i need the whole stud. what feeds into the adjustment plate. (sorry if i'm being redundant by being specific, but hey, better safe than sorry.)
I may have the studs you need, I just threw away some broken plates I replaced on my 89 vert and I believe they had the studs still in them, I'll check the trash, let me know if interested

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Post by top_back_5.0 on Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:06 pm

turns out the corner markers and whatever the inside lights are called (the ones closest to the middle) have the studs in them. the new housings had new studs. the headlights didn't since they attach to the adjuster plate (which i'm too broke to spend another $40 a piece on, when the ones i had were good) but i had enough studs that didn't break off to make it work. only problem now is my lights don't shine far enough out. guess i'll try to adjust that tomorrow.
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Post by Bethelism on Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:26 pm

How did nobody notice that he said "reproduction nuts"? ROTFL

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