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What do i have to do to remove the headlights from a 70 GT? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

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If you are just trying to change headlights, turn them over so they are up and remove the two screws holding the headlight panel/shroud/doohickey in place. This exposes the headlight. Remove the three screws (soak them with WD40 or PB for an hour or so first. If you don't and they are corroded, you will probably strip the head before the screw loosens) holding the chrome retaining ring (but not the two 'adjusters') and the headlight will fall out.

If you are wondering about removing the entire rotating assembly, well, you probably need to get a book. A wordy description may help, but pictures can say alot more. Isn't there a saying like that? ;)
 

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As opelbits has subtly suggested, buy a Factory Service Manual. No, really. If you are going to so any amount of work on your GT, you NEED one. And not just an aftermarket manual, a genuine FSM, preferably for the actual year of your car. Or at least a '69 or '70 manual for either of those years (which have different wiring than the later models) and any of the '71, '72 or '73 manuals for the later models.

As for the procedure to remove the headlights, it is actually quite simple IF YOU FOLLOW THE MANUAL. Oh, you don't have a FSM? Wayne's article should get you there, and you should also surf to:

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/classicopels/files/ Technical Information/Headlights/

where Wayne's article originally was posted, and there are articles from Gordane and myself. My article has some suggestions for additional trouble shooting, and some ideas to make it easier to re-install the buckets.

HTH
 

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I am in the middle of stripping down my GT to be blasted and I did not have a manual. It took me 3 weeks to figure out how to get the mechanisms that roll the headlights out. Wayne document was good for troubleshooting, but the final few bolts to hold the assembly in were hidden from me. Go with what the pros tell you, order a manual... I finally did.

-S
 

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Sorry, didn't realize there was write-up to download. :(
I have virtually every manual put out: Haynes (2), Chilton, Clymer, 70, 72, 74 FSM, a couple for pre-67 Opels, an Opel/Solex repair training and modification book, and others I don't remember. It has been very helpful having this stuff to compare and cross-reference as not every book has all the info and some of the later ones include revisions.
There are two other books that are of unbelievable help, if you can possibly find them. When I bought my second (and third) GTs, the owner also had the GM exploded parts book for 68-75 Opels, 64-67+ 68-75 Parts reference books (the one with every little part listed by part number and application, which cross references with the exploded diagram book). I cannot tell you how much help those two books have been. And I have no idea what they would be valued at.
 
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