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post #16 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-31-2008, 11:21 AM
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What a beautiful installation! It's also the only conversion I've seen that will allow the bulbs to be changed fairly easily.

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Mike, did you find a used pair of Euro headlight buckets, or did you shell out for new ones?
I found a used set on Ebay. Keep an eye out, they come up from time to time and usually aren't too expensive.

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Cool you had all the stuff there then.

It was all so extremely well executed that I couldn't quite figure out why there (seemed to be) a shortcut with mounting the buckets. LOL




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Gubi: The old style buckets have a plastic knob on the back end of the adjustment screw. So the lights are adjusted just as you would a Duetto. Downside is you have to remove the inner fender to do it.
Good deal - I did not know that. It's not something you have to do very often, fortunately.

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There is an inner bracket on the S3 that you can't see in the picture. It has a flange that I was able to use for the upper mounts. And I did use the inner fender bracket as my lower mount. The lights are very secure.

Good job.

Do you have a picture that shows the system you use to support the lights?
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Sorry to tell you this, but on my forth marriage and my prior two Alfas did not survive the divorces. This wife just ignores my fettish. Good luck with restructuring your life!
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I think you have done a marvelous job. It clearly is beyond my capability but I love that you were able to do it. Thanks, Joe
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For most of these, Pinifarina made the rear mount and the factory modified for US front mount.

There is a trim ring - smaller in diameter than the inner curve of the fairing - that goes around the front mounted USA version so if you can find them you can use the original mount.

For the rear mount - Euro - the same headlight assembly fits. The rear cover is made in two pieces, with the inner piece a part that gives access to change the headlight bulbs - H3's IIRC (or H1's?). BTW - if you get the Carello (euro) or Cbie headlights, you can use H3 bulbs instead of the dorky US sealed beams.

To aim the lights from the rear mount, you have to modify the aiming screws so that you can fit a screwdriver into them from inside the wheel well; then you can aim them from the rear.

The inner wheel well cover should have a large round door with a screw or two that can be removed to access the headlights.

I've had trouble adjusting the lights without removing the wheel. Makes aiming them hard. What I do is set the car level 25 feet or so from a smooth white surface (garage door?). turn on lights and measure where they are pointed. Should be straight ahead with a sharp horizontal cutoff, with the beam rising to the right. Mark where this beam should be and measure the difference. Then remove the wheel and access the adjustment screws. Now turn on the lights again and mark where the beam is, and again where it should be, then adjust to correct.

Some of our suppliers have a stainless (or chrome?) ring that fits over the raw body edge around the light opening.

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