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Post by JGL on Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:30 pm

On the 70-76 Dart Sports & Dusters and Demons too, do we just take off the headlight trim ring to reach the screws to adjust the headlights?
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Post by Gazoo on Tue Mar 01, 2016 3:40 pm

Jean-Guy, the headlight bezel is the only thing you need to remove, sometimes you can reach the adjusting screws with the bezel on, but generally speaking, it's a lot easier to access the screws with the bezel removed.
The trim ring, has to stay on, that's what holds the headlight in position inside the headlight pot.
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Post by smoken340 on Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:00 pm

Do you have the proper, old school headlight ajusting tool?

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Post by JGL on Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:00 pm

smoken340 wrote:Do you have the proper, old school headlight ajusting tool?
All I ever used was a Phillips screw driver unless that was on the headlight ring. What do I need? Vice grips?
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Post by Gazoo on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:35 am

I believe the tool Dan is talking about, is what was used by mechanics at dealerships to aim the lights properly. This device had 2 suction cups, one for each headlight, a built-in level etc...to properly aim the headlights.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=headlight+aiming+tool&biw=1440&bih=748&tbm=isch&imgil=wE-F8TKIH_5pyM%253A%253BMStkwYjwxlYaTM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252F67-72chevytrucks.com%25252Fvboard%25252Fshowthread.php%25253Ft%2525253D429063&source=iu&pf=m&fir=wE-F8TKIH_5pyM%253A%252CMStkwYjwxlYaTM%252C_&usg=__1DCd41M745SWchM3cEfhGQl533I%3D&ved=0ahUKEwjlsJG30qLLAhVHnIMKHV1iDR8QyjcILA&ei=iTLXVqXIJce4jgTdxLX4AQ#imgrc=wE-F8TKIH_5pyM%3A

But all you need is a Phillips screw driver to physically adjust to position.
Most of us doing this at home parked the car on level ground, facing a wall (at night), about 25 feet away, and aimed/adjusted the headlights.


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Post by smoken340 on Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:41 pm

Gazoo wrote:I believe the tool Dan is talking about, is what was used by mechanics at dealerships to aim the lights properly. This device had 2 suction cups, one for each headlight, a built-in level etc...to properly aim the headlights.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=headlight+aiming+tool&biw=1440&bih=748&tbm=isch&imgil=wE-F8TKIH_5pyM%253A%253BMStkwYjwxlYaTM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252F67-72chevytrucks.com%25252Fvboard%25252Fshowthread.php%25253Ft%2525253D429063&source=iu&pf=m&fir=wE-F8TKIH_5pyM%253A%252CMStkwYjwxlYaTM%252C_&usg=__1DCd41M745SWchM3cEfhGQl533I%3D&ved=0ahUKEwjlsJG30qLLAhVHnIMKHV1iDR8QyjcILA&ei=iTLXVqXIJce4jgTdxLX4AQ#imgrc=wE-F8TKIH_5pyM%3A

But all you need is a Phillips screw driver to physically adjust to position.
Most of us doing this at home parked the car on level ground, facing a wall (at night), about 25 feet away, and aimed/adjusted the headlights.

Yea, that's the puppy. I've got one of those from back in the 80s, when I had my 2 service stations. I've also done it by facing a wall, but I find that it's never right when done. However it's better than 1 light looking for gophers and the other one looking for airplanes.

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