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Carello headlight holes

Hi all,
Am doing a headlight cover conversion.
Can anyone tell me if I need 1 or 2 holes at the front for the headlight cover clip.

If there are any people with words of wisdom or references please let me know.
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hi John,

should have 2. the outer one should be threaded. the inner one is for the pin on the catch/clamp to go in to. so the pin goes thru the cover and in to the hole.
if you need more detail let me know.

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hi John,

should have 2. the outer one should be threaded. the inner one is for the pin on the catch/clamp to go in to. so the pin goes thru the cover and in to the hole.
if you need more detail let me know.

cheers Ian


Thanks Ian, so what I have there is correct?
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it looks right
is the front one threaded.

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it looks right
is the front one threaded.

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Yes it is. Thanks Ian
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Yes it is. Thanks Ian


Chris from highwood alfa says one hole.
Any other takers?
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I've seen it done both ways. You'll just need to see how that post sticks through the cover. On my spares, it sticks through a little over 1.0mm. The best thing for you to do is to check how they fit on your car.

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I've seen it done both ways. You'll just need to see how that post sticks through the cover. On my spares, it sticks through a little over 1.0mm. The best thing for you to do is to check how they fit on your car.


Thanks for the info am constantly checking the fit as am going.,
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I've never needed to drill the second hole on my Spiders. If the locating pin is too long, you can always trim it a bit. I agree that welding a nut behind the big hole is a great idea. You can reach through the bumper on a round-tail but not on the later cars.

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I would nut weld a nut on the underside of the nose. I don't know about the repro covers out there. But the originals tended to shrink a little bit from the heat of the headlights. Which is why you see slotted holes on some of the cars.

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Thanks guys, great advice.
I will put 2 holes to be safe. Add in the welded nut and make sure second hole is not too wide or too tight. Donít want paint to crack.

Next job is changing wiper linkage, motor and scuttle panel to RHD.
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my car is a fairly original car and has the 2 holes. it stops the clamp rotating and then the cover coming loose. you don't want this to happen on the freeway. I Nearly lost one once that came loose and only found out when pulling in to a servo.
us cars don't have these as they didn't have the cover but a bulky ring around the headlight instead.

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my car is a fairly original car and has the 2 holes. it stops the clamp rotating and then the cover coming loose. you don't want this to happen on the freeway. I Nearly lost one once that came loose and only found out when pulling in to a servo.
us cars don't have these as they didn't have the cover but a bulky ring around the headlight instead.

cheers ian


Thanks Ian,
Am just having nosepiece done as previous owner had put on a series 3 nose piece and trying to rectify for nostalgia sake.
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I just bought the kit from Centerline. The clip pin does not reach the metal. The cover is too thick for the pin to penetrate into the metal.
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Hi all,
Am doing a headlight cover conversion.
Can anyone tell me if I need 1 or 2 holes at the front for the headlight cover clip.

If there are any people with words of wisdom or references please let me know.
John

Hiya, I think you and i are doing the same install now. I have a 74 us spider. The passenger side lens fits fine but the drivers side sucks. Just chipped the paint to check on fill material and there is none. Oh well. I have been cutting my buckets for the headlight to respectfully fill the ugly gap that i have. A tip I cut a screw driver line in the back of the adjusting screws for adjusting the lights from the rear. Looks ok to me. Will European sealed beams fit the "hole" better? Adios
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