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Offline jrs-racing

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65 mustang headlight bucket gap
« on: March 27, 2020, 01:05:41 PM »
Hi all
Does anyone have pics and no the correct gap around headlight bucket and front of guard?
Cheers
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Offline barnett468

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Re: 65 mustang headlight bucket gap
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2020, 01:10:20 PM »
Hi all
Does anyone have pics and no the correct gap around headlight bucket and front of guard?
Cheers

If you mean the fender extension (headlight door), it is zero. It is supposed to fit flush against the fenders, but they and the rear extensions all fit like crap from the factory. I you want them to fit properly, it will take a very, very, good body guy to do it.

Now, this being said, why do you ask?

« Last Edit: March 27, 2020, 01:19:01 PM by barnett468 »

Offline jrs-racing

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Re: 65 mustang headlight bucket gap
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2020, 08:12:23 PM »
I'm finishing the body prep ready for paint.
I've been working on the headlight bucket.
The gap is nice and tight going down the guard.
The top of the bucket has a wider gap!
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Offline 67FBGT

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Re: 65 mustang headlight bucket gap
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2020, 08:36:51 PM »
You have to build up the low spots and file down the high spots until you're happy with the fit and the gap is even. PITA and painstaking but there it is.
But always making sure you don't file too much away on the bucket as you have to ensure you don't cut into the groove that the rubber seal sits in.

Both the guards and the buckets vary in manufacturing tolerances, on some cars they pair up to fit OK-ish but most require work. Which is actually aiming for a higher standard of finish than the factory bothered with.

 

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