Jump to content

Help! '77-'78 Headlight Question


BeteNoir77
 Share

Recommended Posts

Hello all,

Got a 1977 (well, mostly 77 - front end is from a 78) Riviera I've been working on... the issue I've run into is that the headlamp retainer springs are rusted out, so the headlights can't be adjusted properly. Now, I've dug through a salvage yard and found that most retainer springs are held in place by the "tail" of the spring itself - these, though, are held in place by a hex-head screw through the middle of the spring, into the plastic fascia :confused: . Anybody know of any other car that uses this arrangement, or what the original GM replacement part # might be, or anything else that might help me out with this?

Thanks!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Bete,

I worked as a GM tech during that time and I don't remember the hex screw through the spring set up. The ones I remembre were like you said, the pigtail on the spring held them to the header panel. Most of the headlight adjusters and retaining springs were pretty generic and used across a lot of GM car lines. Many auto parts stores have an assortment of Dorman products that may contain new springs and adjusters or the "Help" product line that handle some of these lower volume but still very important parts. I would start there and then maybe try an auto body parts store too.

Tim

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks Tim... yeah, I figured that if I could find any late 70's/early 80's B-body car, that the headlight bucket assembly would be the same. Apparently that's not the case. Only thing I can figure out is that it's because of the Riv's plastic front end for those years, that they didn't want a spring-loaded piece of metal digging into it.

One possible solution I thought of was to thread a "regular" headlamp tension spring through the hole for the screw, but that seems like sort of a hit-or-miss proposition...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Problem Solved! Found 'em on Ebay.... Pretty amazing too - guy down in Texas had a set of 6 of them (always good to have a couple extras), I found em and ordered em late on the 23rd (maybe even early on the 24th), they were shipped on the 24th, and got here (in NC) today the 26th.... via USPS First Class Mail! Good to be pleasantly surprised occasionally.....

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...