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Old 06-06-2009, 12:16 AM
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Question Headlight adjustment screws any good options?

Hey Y'all.


After cleaning out all 4 of the local parts stores today of their headlamp adjustment screw kits I am looking for a better option,
I am trying to find a GOOD option for my Chevy Truck 85 & 88 .

NOW I have run into multiple problems.

~#1 The slot on the Help #41129 screw is not wide enough to slip over the light bucket.

~#2 When I use the old screws they do not bolt on {grip} the threads on the plastic part , Maybe a smaller Diameter.

~#3 The plastic part is cheap & breaks if you can get it to stay in at all.

~#4 the Old ones are shot & I need head lights


I am thinking about trying a double jamb nut on the bolt but it will be a real PITA to adjust, Seeing I do them @ night to get a true projection.


I would be interested in any & all Ideas & previous remedies .

Thanks for taking the time out to read this.





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Can you find a nut that fits the original adjusting screw. If so take the nut and use some epoxy to hold it where you want it. Put a little grease in the thread so if some epoxy gets in it you can clean it out easy enough. Use tape to hold the epoxy and nut in place until it is cured. I have had to do this repair many times over the years and it has always worked for me.

I cant remember if on the year truck that you have whether or not the threaded insert goes into metal or plastic. If it goes into metal you could also braze a nut in the place of it.
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you'r going to have a little trouble trying to use nuts..1 on front &1 on back of sheet metal....
how about looking at a dealer???
i've found good luck in the HELP parts line...
you might have to do some mod's.if too large..but then you can adj. lites with-out having to play around with nuts..
usually the bolts are going into plastic,,helps keep them from vibrating around....
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Chris,

Thats not a bad Idea I did not have time for a full out repair {no time for the epoxy to cure.

The Screw is metal then it goes into plastic rectangled clip then the plastic goes into the metal of the radiator support.


bobjob ,

Thats what got me into this mess .
What a PITA!!!!

I went to replace the high / low beams & the plastic crumbled well then the "HELP" crap I think is "Dorman" {they are going to get a letter from me}

The screw the slot is too narrow will not slide over the head light bucket
AND!

The plastic breakes so easy & does not fit into the rectangle on the rad support,

So I tried to use the old screws but they strip out in the new plastic & will not adjust up at all

A waste of time & $$$$!!

SO what I did was find some Nuts & Flat washers & leave them loose until night time came ,then adjusted them as close as I could by sight in the road in front of my house then tighten the nuts on both sides .
2 washers & 2 nuts on each screw 1/4" X 20 .

I got the passenger side done & gave up.

I had to drive it.

So it worked for now I wonder if the dealer would carry them?

I did not see them @ LMC

Thanks Y'all

I will write them now while I am still pizzed



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