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Headlight Restoration... THE RIGHT WAY!!!!! Pics!

This is a discussion on Headlight Restoration... THE RIGHT WAY!!!!! Pics! within the Camaro / SS forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Hahaha! That's the kit I tried to use first too lol. Glad you like the write up!...

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    Hahaha! That's the kit I tried to use first too lol. Glad you like the write up!

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    This would make a good sticky! i dont know how many threads i have posted of this topic.
    But thank you for making this and i will be doing this shortly

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeetwentyeight View Post
    This would make a good sticky! i dont know how many threads i have posted of this topic.
    But thank you for making this and i will be doing this shortly
    It is a sticky in the appearance forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    It is a sticky in the appearance forum
    Cool ill pull it up when i am ready to do my light

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    Nice write-up. Looks like I might be doing that to mine after work tomorrow. Your's look great. And so does your car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by My Slow Camaro View Post
    Nice write-up. Looks like I might be doing that to mine after work tomorrow. Your's look great. And so does your car.
    Why thank you! =D

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    Quote Originally Posted by rappin_ernie View Post
    Why thank you! =D
    No problem.

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    I have a 3M kit I just bought. I guess I will try it first. It came with 1000 and 1500 sandpaper, polishing compound, and plastic polish. It has a 3" round arbor to mount in an electric drill. If it is useless - I will get out the buffer like you did. Thanks

    The nipples on the headlight are definitely for a headlight alignment tool. It is positioned on the 3 nipples.

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    True, the nipples are used for adjustment purposes, but can't you adjust the light vertically or horizontally with a torx bit? Most vehicles have the metal rod on the rear of the housing to adjust the light. I'm curious because I've looked at the Chevy Impala headlights as well as the new Chevy Tahoe and there are no nipples. Just was curious...

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    verrry nicee

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    well done! looks perfect.. making me consider doing this on my own stock headlights.. they're just sitting up in the attic in a box..

    i'm glad you showed this in such an easy step by step process


    maybe if i saw your results a year ago i wouldnt have had the urge to go buy aftermarket headlights hahahaha

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    Awesome Thanks!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtiley View Post
    I have a 3M kit I just bought. I guess I will try it first. It came with 1000 and 1500 sandpaper, polishing compound, and plastic polish. It has a 3" round arbor to mount in an electric drill. If it is useless - I will get out the buffer like you did. Thanks

    The nipples on the headlight are definitely for a headlight alignment tool. It is positioned on the 3 nipples.
    It's worth a try, let us know how it turns out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MICopper11 View Post
    True, the nipples are used for adjustment purposes, but can't you adjust the light vertically or horizontally with a torx bit? Most vehicles have the metal rod on the rear of the housing to adjust the light. I'm curious because I've looked at the Chevy Impala headlights as well as the new Chevy Tahoe and there are no nipples. Just was curious...
    Yea, there is a metal bar in the back of the housing with an elongated bolt hole so you can adjust the light up or down.

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    Don't worry I already feel stupid as hell! That one bolt has me stumped. Is it some kind of lock washer that holds this into place. I try to remove the bolt and it just spins. Please help an idiot out here. I know this is going to be a forehead slapper. LOL.

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    So I figured out, one side is stripped. The threaded bushing is spinning. Any ideas?

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    Extremely well done!

    This should become a sticky for sure!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Y28K28 View Post
    So I figured out, one side is stripped. The threaded bushing is spinning. Any ideas?
    Which bolt is stripped? See if you can get a vise grip on the spinning bushing and then maybe it will turn right out. If the bolt is just spinning around, you should be able to pry it out with a screwdriver or something, or grab it with a vise grip and yank it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MICopper11 View Post
    True, the nipples are used for adjustment purposes, but can't you adjust the light vertically or horizontally with a torx bit? Most vehicles have the metal rod on the rear of the housing to adjust the light. I'm curious because I've looked at the Chevy Impala headlights as well as the new Chevy Tahoe and there are no nipples. Just was curious...
    The nipples are reference points for MEASURING the aiming of the headlamps (using the aforementioned tool), not for making the actual adjustments. As you stated, the adjustment is done via the screws. Although those nipples are probably used only at the factory for the initial assembly, or by a body shop if the car's been in an accident and had to have the headlamps replaced or re-adjusted. However, I'm sure you could aim them on a garage door and get them "close enough for government work".

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