4x4 Headlights

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4x4 Headlights

Postby centredonkey » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:26 pm

Like so many before, I have been struggling to find decent replacement headlights, all of the Fiat 126, Allegro Toledo, Capri, Jeep Cherokee options have dried up or are stupid prices....and are not future proof....

So whilst at my local Highland scrappy, where you can still wander around-all over-the heaps of cars and hack lumps out of them unhindered, I spied a Diahatsu Fourtrak with similar oval style headlights.

I chopped out all of the metalwork around the fittings and with the lamps paid £7...worth a punt!

Back at Midas HQ I removed the remaining fragments of the original lights....
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Re: 4x4 Headlights

Postby centredonkey » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:30 pm

Here's a pic of the parts I took from the Diahatsu....x 2, obvs!!
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Re: 4x4 Headlights

Postby centredonkey » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:42 pm

The lights are a tad bigger, so I ground off some of the screw on outer frame, on the short sides, and got them to fit the original aperture, once I had deleted the plastic back shell.

Then I made up a plate to fit around the curved lower edge of the lower aperture, marked up the 3 fixing holes, and the drilled small holes for the upper two, to take long self tapping screws

Where the bottom hole coincided with the curved plate, I drilled a bigger hole in the plate, and welded one of the captive nuts from the Diahatsu behind the hole.....
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Re: 4x4 Headlights

Postby centredonkey » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:45 pm

Welded plate.......
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Re: 4x4 Headlights

Postby centredonkey » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:58 pm

Then I cleaned up and painted everything, cut the tensioning springs down to approx 3/5 of their original length, and using one of the original long fixing screws to go into the captive nut and a couple of long self tapper stylee screws in the upper two holes, fitted the light...
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Re: 4x4 Headlights

Postby centredonkey » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:04 pm

A quick grind out of the light shrouds and, hey presto, 4x4 headlights!!

Here's a link to similar lights on fleabay

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Halogen-HEAD ... :rk:4:pf:0
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Re: 4x4 Headlights

Postby centredonkey » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:08 pm

Oooops, upside down, but you get the idea......
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Re: 4x4 Headlights

Postby centredonkey » Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:17 pm

Well it is if you open in a new tab....weird!!

I'll update once mot achieved re headlamp aim etc, looks ok on workshop wall!
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