New Headlights for my 1997 F-350... Are gonna have to wait

in hive-129017 •  last month 

The Ol’ Beast was in desperate need of new headlights. The lenses are super yellow, making it very hard to see at night. I could maybe see 20 feet in front of me with my low beams on. I could have my brights on and people couldn’t even tell. Lol. So I ordered up some new fancy smancy headlights to bright things up at night and add a little different look to the front of my truck. Give the Beast a little facelift. It’s getting new axles underneath so why not add a little somethin’ somethin’ on the top?


This little headlight swap project was suppose to be a quick slam dunk. You know, Take out the old headlights and put in the new ones... Done! Of course around here nothing seems to goe as planned.

First I had to take the grill off, which will hopefully give me better access and visibility to the bolts that hold the headlights in.


These stock headlights are a 2-piece design. The blinker and marker lights are separate from the actual headlight. So after locating and removing 2 nuts from the backside, the blinker and marker lights were removed.


Then the I fought like hell to get one of these retainer clips off that hold the headlight to the headlight/grill reinforcement panel. Upon looking at the other ones and realizing there is no way to access them to remove them, I decided to just remove the whole thing. Those little U-shaped clips don’t just simply slide off. They have to be pried off at just the right angle. Really?!?!? I mean why not just use a nut and bolt??


This is where this project came to a halt. Now I knew this reinforcement panel was a little busted up on the bottom but Daaaaannnng!! This thing is trashed!!!


No wonder my grill wasn’t quite fitting in there nice and tight. The whole bottom was busted to pieces! Not cool... not cool at all!!


Then upon further inspection I found a few more surprises. This whole big chunk of plastic was in horrible shape!! Both the left and right sides, next to the headlights were cracked severely bad. Making this headlight/grill reinforcement panel... not to good at reinforcing... Picking it up by the middle I could tell this thing was junk!!


I believe these cracks near the headlights were caused by laying on the front of the truck when working on it. I guess this plastic isn’t meant to support human weight... piss poor design... piss poor!

So after a quick search, I managed to find a replacement online for $100. Seems a little steep but when it costs $40 to ship it, the price of the part isn’t too bad. Well I guess these new headlights are going to have to wait for another day. Maybe my new cab lights will come in and I can get those installed??


So my truck sits in the driveway, waiting for the new headlight/grill reinforcement piece to arrive in the mail. Dang!!! The Beast looks naked


Until Next Time...

Hive On
Why Plastic!!

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Been there, done that! Admittedly, it was just a Dodge Neon, but I feel your pain nonetheless!

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I was considering using some aluminum flat bar to repair it. Place it behind the broken pieces and put a few self tapping screw in. Then I figured screw it, just buy a new one.

My new lights for the top of the cab came in today so hopefully that install goes better.

I vote for a homemade grill made out of unpainted rebar. Plastic might make you hesitate to run into something that needs crushing.

Dahahahaha!!! I am in!! My Dad just bought a HUGE number/grill guard for his Dodge... ya I think I will make my own at that price. Lol

If there was a metal option for what I am needing I would definitely pay the extra!! I just installed tinted cab lights and they look awesome. Can't wait to get these headlights in. This truck will look waaaay different.

Then I will snatch up a bunch of rebar from the local subdivisions and get to work on a grill guard. 😜

The headlamp looks good though, where did you get it from?

I found them on Amazon... go figure right?!? Dang Amazon carries everything I swear. They ran about $200 usd. They have LED daytime running right and the marker, turn signal and headlight are all one unit, which I thought was pretty cool. Let's just hope they perform as good as they look. lol