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Repairing Metal Headlight Surround by reinhart
Started on: 04-12-2015 04:34 AM
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Anyone ever repaired the metal piece that surrounds the headlight bulb and holds it in? I had a headlight go out and when I was replacing it, one of the metal tabs on the metal surround that holds the bulb in came off. I tried superglue and soldering it but nothing seems to hold.
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The tabs are spot-welded on. If you still have 3 of the tabs, I wouldn't worry about losing one. The remaining tabs will hold the light without problems.
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The right ones that fit well are getting hard to find. I can check to see if I have one if you are interested.

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I have managed to weld those tabs back on, or make a new one out of a piece of steel and weld that on, but you gotta be quick with the mig!

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I had the two bottom tabs break off the welds causing the headlight to flop around over bumps and cause the motor to jam up sometimes because the headlight bulb wouldn't stay in all the way.

I used a small drill, and a rivet gun with small rivets and riveted them back on. Just use a bench vise or have someone hold the two tabs in a pair of vice-grips while you drill two holes where the spot welds used to be, then drill out the same two holes on the headlight surrounds. They may not line up perfect with the screw holes, but they should be close enough to get persuade back into the screw holes as long as you drill where the old spot welds used to be... Also, make sure you rivet it downward, so that the smooth "domed" side is towards the headlight. This was actually the first fix I did to my car last year... It's been a year and it's still holding strong!

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Report this Post04-12-2015 11:53 AM Click Here to See the Profile for donuteater306Click Here to Email donuteater306Send a Private Message to donuteater306Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Are you refering to the metal ring with the 4 phillips screws, or the headlamp housing itself? If it's the metal ring, most auto part stores carry replacements.
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Originally posted by donuteater306:

Are you refering to the metal ring with the 4 phillips screws, or the headlamp housing itself? If it's the metal ring, most auto part stores carry replacements.


They used to. Last fall I wend to every auto parts store in town. Most cars on the road don't have our kind of headlights anymore so they don't stock them anymore. Half the guys did not know what I was asking for.

12.95 at the Fiero Store.
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the chrome trim and metal part the aims the HL bulb are common and available thru many parts stores.

http://www.dormanproducts.com/p-75742-42437.aspx
Have just chrome and bucket separate
get/order at local parts stores.

Likely need http://www.dormanproducts.com/p-9725-42161.aspx too.
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Report this Post04-13-2015 05:19 AM Click Here to See the Profile for reinhartClick Here to Email reinhartSend a Private Message to reinhartEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanks for the ideas. I think I'll try the riveting idea. Will pick up a cheap rivet gun at Harbor Freight and give it a go. The gun is cheaper than the replacement surrounds so might as well get the tool that can help in the future as well.
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Thanks Ogre! A new one is likely worth it. I had to replace a headlight a second time in two years. I think I cleaned up and painted the reflector the first time. Still looks like hell.
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Quick aiming
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Might try a local wrecking yard. Look for a 82-94 s10 or about same years full size Chevy truck. They are the exact same thing. Probably find for a couple bucks in about any wrecking yard.
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