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1960 Oldsmobile Forum • View topic - Broken headlight adjuster repair - easy!

Broken headlight adjuster repair - easy!

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Broken headlight adjuster repair - easy!

Postby greg pettit on Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:41 pm

The headlight adjusters on my car are all broken. This causes the headlights to point all over the place instead of on the roadway.

Pulled one of the headlight buckets out to see what the problem was, and noticed that the plastic blocks that the headlight adjuster screws thread into were rotted away and broken.

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I figured that replacement adjusters were unavailable, and the generic replacement adjusters were so different that they would not have worked.

Instead, I used 2" long 10-24 screws with nylock nuts as adjusters. Here's how I did it.

First, I needed to drill two holes into the bucket to allow the screws to protrude out the back. To properly locate the holes, I assembled the headlight into the bucket and used a 10-32 screw to mark the spot where I would drill a 3/16" hole.

After drilling the holes, I reassembled the headlight bucket using the new 2" long screws and the nylock nuts on the back.

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Obviously, the nuts needed to be attached to the bucket somehow to allow the screw to be threaded in and out to adjust the headlight aim.

So I tack welded each nut onto the bucket. Gotta be careful, the nylon will melt out really easily. I put a small tack on each nut followed immediately by a spray of aerosol brake cleaner. Cooled things down quick and prevented excess melting.

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This is what the assembly looks like from the front.

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Here it is back in the car.

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This is hardly any kind of concours quality repair, but I feel that it functionally far superior to the original design. At the very least it is a vast improvement over floppy headlights.

I hope this post helps!

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Postby rocket60 on Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:13 pm

Oooh yes I think so. You never can tell with old car...

Thank you ! :D
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Postby toolbox on Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:47 pm

Thanks a bunch for posting this Greg. That's really a good tip... I had a couple of adjusters I had to replace, but I had a couple extra headlight buckets I was able to pirate them off of. I just drilled out the rivets and used bolts to put them back together. This might be a more permanent repair though...those little plastic pieces are pushing 50 and probably weren't that strong to start with. I've actually got one more I need replace at some point...one of my high beam adjusters broke when I was turning the screw, and I bagged it...as often as I use the high beams it's not a big deal. It's on my "some day" list. I might try this method when I do get around to it.
Thanks again for the great tip!
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