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Reproducing HeadLight Covers input needed from the community

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This sounds like something that I will want to have, whether or not I decide to mount them, I like having options....

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Interesting topic !

So these will have 4 hole, later version - what mounting hardware style will be included ?

The early versions had only 3 holes in the trim rings as you may already know.

I have a set of these but I'm a bit leary of installing these .

Best of luck , I'm interested in the outcome and may order a set from you .

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Interesting topic !

So these will have 4 hole, later version - what mounting hardware style will be included ?

The early versions had only 3 holes in the trim rings as you may already know.

I have a set of these but I'm a bit leary of installing these .

Best of luck , I'm interested in the outcome and may order a set from you .

 

 

Yes these will have 4 holes. As for mounting hardware the best option in my opinion would be the rivet style threaded insert. That would require a special tool but I plan to offer the tool and necessary drill bit (USA made not cheap Chinese crap) and all necessary mounting hardware included with covers as an option. All necessary  mounting hardware would be included with all sets of covers. The tool for installing the inserts and correct size drill bit would be optional. There are several low cost insert tools available that would work fine for limited use. (8 inserts total). I will also upload a video of me installing them on one of my Z's if that would help anyone.

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Yes these will have 4 holes. As for mounting hardware the best option in my opinion would be the rivet style threaded insert. 

 

I can see the threaded insert working on the later style metal headlight scoops, but how about the earlier cars with fiberglass headlight scoops?  Epoxy them in instead of using the rivet tool on the thicker fiberglass scoops?

Dennis

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I can see the threaded insert working on the later style metal headlight scoops, but how about the earlier cars with fiberglass headlight scoops?  Epoxy them in instead of using the rivet tool on the thicker fiberglass scoops?

Dennis

 

Very good point. There are inserts available for fiberglass that work very well. That would be my first choice. Epoxy would work well.....as long as the hole is properly prepared and cleaned and the insert itself is roughed up a little so the epoxy would have something to hold on to. I own 2 Z's, a early 71 with the fiberglass buckets and a 73 with the steel buckets. I plan on test installing on both. Rest assured I will provide a effective solution to securing them whether in fiberglass or steel.

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I thought you were talking about the covers and rings missed the word scoops in your question.  LOL  Yeah of course I have headlight scoops, how else could I make the molds? I made the molds using the scoops on my 71.

 

#1 rule of the intrawebs, never assume anything :) Anyway, looks like you are well on the way to making a excellent product so props to you.

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Hey metalman! Great work on the covers. I know there was an attempt over on hybridz to replicate them but it appears that project came to a halt. I hope when these are done your let all of us who have followed your progress you give us first crack at a set.

I have two early 71's and one will for sure be stock and the other a play car. Please let us know when you have finalized the covers. Great work!

Wayne

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We will be reproducing them within next 8 months, it will be 1971- production type.

So stay tune!

Jay Ataka

Mounting hardware is available just like original ones. And head light cover set will be available in late Spring.

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Mounting hardware is available just like original ones. And head light cover set will be available in late Spring.

Jay, do you have an approximate price point set for your headlight covers? Thanks for what you do to make the NLA available.

Dennis

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I wonder if there would be enough interest in having multiple lens options? Maybe a clear set and a smoke set? Or yellow etc.....

 

I think I would be interested in a smoke and clear set. Maybe even "race" set of block offs!

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I would be most interested in non-clear covers since I will paint them anyways.  Ideally, they wouldn't need gaskets either if the fit is decent.  The ones I currently have on my 260Z race car need the gaskets as the fit isn't great.  

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Jeff,

Would you be interested in these?

Yeah, those are cool.  Are those a retail item or did somebody take a splash mold off of clear covers?

 

I was considering using my clear covers to make fiberglass covers.

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Bought them at a garage sale.  They must be retail.  The outside is a gel coating.

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