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Headlight assembly help

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Just restored some headlights but I am struggling to work out how all the clips go that hold on the chrome surround and headlight. Help or a picture of the back of a assembled light would really help. Thanks
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The clip is like a long legged L shape with a crease in the base...

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You have three major components, the bucket

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with the reflector and the screws attached and the glass and seal and the chrome surround.

The technique of fitting them is that the short end of the L clips under the crome rim and the crease in the short end goes onto the edge of the headlight bulb grey bucket, then the long end clips under the edge of the chrome surround. There should be seven clips per headlight evenly spaced.
There are two sorts, older hella long clips and modern hella short ones. Despite my missgivings I have discovered that the modern ones do fit...I just wanted them all to be the same.
You can re-use them off old headlights but they are spring steel and break..
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just at the right time! viewtopic.php?f=4&t=99910
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I have set of OG headlamps stuck in boxes in my garage - (off a 66) I fitted a brand new Hella set as my reflectors were poor.... straight swap out, so these are untouched!
So just went and took a couple of quick snaps for you.

Hope these pics help - if you need any more detailed ones just ask 8)

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These pics remind me I really must tidy up the garage 8O
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:cheers: brilliant guys thank you. I appreciate the time you have all taken.
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Blimey, I've just put a set of headlights back together and eachnonenonly had 2 clips on it. I thought it was a bit loose :lol:
New clips are available from cool air for 2.50 each
http://www.coolairvw.co.uk/Item/Shop_by ... pring.html
Or heritage for £2.52 each
http://m.vwheritage.com/productDetails. ... emID=59550
Autocraft £2.75 each
http://www.autocrafteng.co.uk/shop/spli ... 2--67_728/

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Sorry to jump on this thread but I'm struggling to re-assemble my headlights after fitting RHD sealed beams

I've got the this surround clipped in ok but its the way that surround and leans then fit into the larger surround. (sorry I'm not sure of correct names)

It doesn't seem to bolt or screw in so in my eyes will come loose?

Should have taken more notice when I removed them but I don't think I've lost any bolts over the last few days!
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Do you have a picture as I don't really get what you mean. :?:
Do you mean the headlight pivots in the rim? If so do you have the adjusters fitted and fitted correctly. They are like a prong on a long screw and the screws go one in each side, top on one side and bottom on the other. The prongs stick into a small bit of rubber that's jammed in the bucket - you can just see one of them on a previous picture. Without them the lens will move all over the place inside the bucket. You tighten the screws from the outside until they hold the lens in place then use them to adjust the beam height.

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e m p i wrote:Blimey, I've just put a set of headlights back together and eachnonenonly had 2 clips on it. I thought it was a bit loose :lol:
New clips are available from cool air for 2.50 each
http://www.coolairvw.co.uk/Item/Shop_by ... pring.html
Or heritage for £2.52 each
http://m.vwheritage.com/productDetails. ... emID=59550
Autocraft £2.75 each
http://www.autocrafteng.co.uk/shop/spli ... 2--67_728/

Shalom, Lee.
£2.50 for a sprig of steel! Yet another example of "scene tax"!
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e m p i wrote:Do you have a picture as I don't really get what you mean. :?:
Do you mean the headlight pivots in the rim? If so do you have the adjusters fitted and fitted correctly. They are like a prong on a long screw and the screws go one in each side, top on one side and bottom on the other. The prongs stick into a small bit of rubber that's jammed in the bucket - you can just see one of them on a previous picture. Without them the lens will move all over the place inside the bucket. You tighten the screws from the outside until they hold the lens in place then use them to adjust the beam height.

Cheers, Lee.

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Yes that's exactly what I was trying to say :) I was also struggling to get the whole lot back together but that's done now.

The adjusters don't work though as the little black rubbers are shot! is it possible to buy these?
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ive found these which look like what I need :)

https://www.vwheritage.com/shop/split-b ... StartRow=1

but what are these for?

https://www.vwheritage.com/shop/split-b ... StartRow=1

thanks for the advise..I was starting to loose the plot with the headlights :)
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Pack 10 headlight retaining springs £7.50
http://www.alanhschofield.com/ourparts/ ... 41125.html
Headlight reflector bung 80p
http://www.customandcommercial.com/vw-s ... 0-73_9358/
And your bottom link looks like headlight spacers seen in item No.1 on here
http://www.customandcommercial.com/vw-s ... amp_parts/

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w1ggo wrote:Pack 10 headlight retaining springs £7.50
http://www.alanhschofield.com/ourparts/ ... 41125.html
Headlight reflector bung 80p
http://www.customandcommercial.com/vw-s ... 0-73_9358/
And your bottom link looks like headlight spacers seen in item No.1 on here
http://www.customandcommercial.com/vw-s ... amp_parts/

Mark
Nice one Mark :) I'm fairly sure that I've got about 3 of the spring clips plus a bit of bent coat hanger on each light plus no spacer on the retaining screw :lol: Might have to treat the old girl to some bits when I next take 'em out. At the moment though they're working fine so I'm gonna leave well alone :lol:
Cheers, Lee.
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