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The mounting studs on the fiberglass headlight scoops are very easy to replace if missing.  A machine screw with the proper metric thread is about 20 cents at your local Ace Hardware, Lowes, or Home Depot.  File down two sides of the screw head to make a "T" so it doesn't spin in the hole and epoxy in place.  A bucket without studs is usually easier to find and far less expensive than one with studs intact.  I've fixed a few - quick and easy.

Dennis

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Haven't posted in some time but saw this post about a drivers side fiberglass head light bucket and i'm curious. My 1970 has one while the passenger side is metal. Is this an original set-up or indicate past damage.........? What say you, you most educated z guys. 

 

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1970 should have FRP buckets on both sides. Metal buckets I think came in late 1971. Sounds like you have some past damage. Fiberglass buckets are aftermarket.

Chuck

 

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3 hours ago, cbuczesk said:

1970 should have FRP buckets on both sides. Metal buckets I think came in late 1971. Sounds like you have some past damage. Fiberglass buckets are aftermarket.

Chuck

 

my january 72 has the original fiberglass buckets

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Can you post a link or PM me the ebay link?  There was one on ebay I saw that looked like it was missing a chunk out of the front.

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Thank you.  I was hoping for no additional body work (holes).  Mine has a small chunk missing buy the headlight that I could fix, I was just hoping for bolt on and go.

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2 hours ago, sweatybetty said:

my january 72 has the original fiberglass buckets

Are they fiberglass or FRP? After doing some research it looks like they may have switched to metal during the 1972 model run. My 72 has metal buckets. My 72 race car has a left metal and had a right FRP bucket until a BMW hit it. The parts microfiche should show the date of the change. Anybody have the fiche handy?

Chuck

 

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The FRP headlight case 63115 (and 63116) - E4100 was applied to models up to 6/72 and steel (63115 and 6) - N3000 thereafter.  After all the reading I have done, I have concluded that "FRP" (which stands for fiberglass reinforced plastic) and "fiberglass" are one in the same term.  I have seen aftermarket "fiberglass" reproductions and they are obviously fiberglass matt with exposed weave.  Original cases were manufactured using the same process as molded stadium seats.  FRP was chosen as the material for reason of weight and complexity in shaping the case in metal at that time.

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There are just (3) little holes ready for headlight covers.  They could be easily filled it.

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1 hour ago, fixitman said:

There are just (3) little holes ready for headlight covers.  They could be easily filled it.

I agree. The holes are nothing! If they pose a problem then you probably need a professional... LOL

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I'm not sure why my wants are being questioned. No holes, no cracks and good bolts. 

If I wanted to fix something, I would fix mine.

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There was a pair just on Ebay for 2 weeks that were what you are looking for but sold.

Sometimes you have to buy a pair to get what you want. 

A single of the side you want that needs no repair are very hard to find. Very lucky if you do find one.

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16 hours ago, JSM said:

I'm not sure why my wants are being questioned. No holes, no cracks and good bolts. 

If I wanted to fix something, I would fix mine.

Your wants are not being questioned but good FRP buckets are hard to find.  As these cars get older and the parts become more rare it is important that you consider all options to make it possible to keep these cars up and on the road. Also minor repairs on headlight buckets gives you a lot more options for viable candidates. I understand no cracks because it can be hard to make an effectual repair. Studs and holes are a lot easier and make a replacement much more affordable and easier to find...

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Yes I found some. Actually I have a bunch now!  I scored a beautiful metal set with fenders fo $100!

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On 12/29/2016 at 10:56 AM, David E Roche said:

JSM....Congrats.....my '72 Z is in Lakeland FL at my brothers shop.

Started the restoration in 1987....99%complete last May.

Good luck with yours.

 

Dave

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Nice. Does he paint cars too?  At a shop or he owns the shop?

 

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