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Old 01-13-2005, 10:29 AM
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Different headlights for a 1973 280 sedan

I love my old 280 but I can't stand the headlights. I've read other posts of people putting "Euro" lights on their cars. Is this possible with this model? Any pics of what they look like? And of course where in the heck would I be able to get them.

I'm open to suggestions.

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Old 01-13-2005, 01:25 PM
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German Ebay's a good place....
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Old 01-13-2005, 04:01 PM
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If the output's too weak for you, check with this guy. He'll have some ideas.
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Old 01-14-2005, 11:08 AM
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Are you just unhappy with the light output or are you looking to change your car's appearance too?

I found two pairs on Ebay but paid too much for the first pair. They may also be availible in 'Hemmings', the monthly antique car paperback.

Some problems to look out for on used Euros -

Since they're not sealed beams, if the gaskets between the glass lens and housing, and between housing and the fender mounting surface are deteriorated, prolonged exposure to moisture causes the silver surface on the internal headlamp and foglamp reflectors to corrode.

In states that required annual safety inspections, the Euros used to be illegal. This may no longer be an issue or you could be exempt from inspection if the car is registered as antique.

At least in the US, replacement OE bulbs, especially for the integral foglamps may be hard to find.

Euro's were availible in RHD or LHD versions depending on country they were designed for. It's important to buy the correct ones.

Sellers often peddle Euros that have been damaged, modified or partly stripped - detailed photos are important and try to negotiate permission to return them if they're not as advertised.

For more details and pictures, see the 'Euro Headlight +++ I WISH....' thread on this Forum.

Happy Motoring, Mark

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Old 01-17-2005, 11:27 AM
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Thanks for the input

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the input. I'm really just looking to change the appearance. But I think I'm going to hold off. The car needs other things mechanically and I'll put the money to better use elsewhere.

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Old 01-17-2005, 03:34 PM
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I really prefer the looks of the Euros. They were an extravagance, but, otherwise, my Fintail hasn't needed a lot of expensive mechanical repairs. They're what the Fintail was originally designed for and having the extra set means I feel more comfortable running the Euros, while having spare parts if something happens to one of them. And of course, I saved the original sealed beam assemblies, if for some reason, I might need to change them back.

Happy Motoring, Mark

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