Burned out passenger headlight. East fix?

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Burned out passenger headlight. East fix?

#1 Post by Jason Parolini » Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:06 am

The passenger headlight on my 64 356c is burned out. Is this a relatively simply fix? Can someone with modest mechanical skills and experience tackle this job? Any resources for reference to this particular job? And finally, any place you recommend (Pelican?) for purchasing the offending (dead) bulb?

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Re: Burned out passenger headlight. East fix?

#2 Post by David Jones » Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:16 am

Do you have sealed beans or actual bulbs? Bulbs are easy sealed beams require some dexterity as there are a number of securing clips involved. Remove the headlight and post a picture of the rear and connection
Sealed beam units should be available at local parts stores for about $10.
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Re: Burned out passenger headlight. East fix?

#3 Post by Robert Vaughan » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:28 am

There was a posting to the talk list (many years ago) warning of flying spring clips. Author advocated using a cloth over the clips when manipulating them to keep them from flying into the face.

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#4 Post by Dick Weiss » Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:10 am

There are 2-different sets of clips in the headlight assembly; For the retainer and the other for the rim.

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Re: Burned out passenger headlight. East fix?

#5 Post by Doug McDonnell » Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:47 am

Nearly identical to early VW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gitC1RJeXT4
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Re: Burned out passenger headlight. East fix?

#6 Post by Vic Skirmants » Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:53 am

Dick Weiss wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:10 am
There are 2-different sets of clips in the headlight assembly; For the retainer and the other for the rim.
YES! It's important to use the proper ones in the correct location; otherwise it gets REALLY difficult to install. Wear safety glasses.

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#7 Post by Mike Wilson » Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:58 pm

My tool for removing and installing the clips is a flat blade screwdriver with a slot cut in the tip. As stated, there are two sets of clips. Only remove the ones holding the sealed beam.

Wear safety glasses!

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#8 Post by Geoff Fleming » Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:23 pm

This is a very easy owner/operator fix, comparable to any modern car. The only difference is in adapting to the clips that hold things in place, as mentioned above. The 356 is a car any competent owner can work on without resorting to expensive professional mechanics. Almost every task can be done by people with little mechanical skill, ( greasing, oil change, trans. oil change, fuse replacement, cleaning of electrical connections, etc.). The original owners manual was issued in a time when owners performed routine maintenance and repairs themselves.
Try and locate other owners in your area and you will soon find yourself doing things with the car you may not have thought possible before.

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#9 Post by Mike Wilson » Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:41 pm

Jason: touch base with the Tennessee Tubs, the 356 group in your area.

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Re: Burned out passenger headlight. East fix?

#10 Post by Randy Mittelstet » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:13 am

After removing the whole assembly and keeping the headlight ring in position... I put small strips of masking tape with marks noting original positions of the various clips and orientations of the glass to the ring and assembly.
A few notes to myself helped as well. I also took a couple of photos to aid my memory cellS. It was a fairly easy process.
I did this when replacing my assembly with the SMD system.
If a new headlight ring or glass lens is in order, this is a good time to replace them.
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