Removing the RV8 headlamp cowl
Andy Clava (Woodcote Green 0532) from Yorkshire posted
a brief note on the V8 Website bulletin board seeking advice on how
to remove the headlamps cowls on an RV8 with air-conditioning. Within
two hours Gavin Brown at the MG Car Centre in Tasmania posted this
useful note on how to go about the job. (Jan
Klava's note said "the condenser unit seriously hampers access
to the lower fixing bolt on an RV8 fitted with the air-conditioning
system. Access to this is not clarified in the RV8 Repair Manual -
will I need to remove the bumper valance? Any ideas or remedies would
be gratefully welcomed".
replied "you need to remove the bumper to do this".
He then set out the steps for the job:
> Undo the two bolts that hold up the lower plastic air dam and
remove it from the car.
> Undo the two 10mm bolts that go into the sides of the bumper
bar behind the indicators near the wheel arch.
> Undo the four nuts and bolts that hold the two bumper brackets
together. You do not need to put a spanner on the bolt head, just
hold it with your finger to stop it from spinning.
> Disconnect the wiring loom clips to the back of the indicators.
> Remove the bumpers.
Removing the headlight
> Remove the front wheel - not entirely necessary, but it makes
> Remove the rubber bung below the back of the headlight.
> You will then need a long Phillips screwdriver to undo the screw
that this exposes. Do not worry about dropping the screw when it is
undone as you can get it when you remove the pod.
> Remove the small section of the bonnet rubber seal at the nose
of the gutter rail next to the headlight pod.
> Undo the two Phillips screws that go into the sides of the headlight
> Undo the bottom bolt in the nose of the headlight pod. The bolt
is normally glued in the pod so if you can put a spanner on the head
of it to stop it from breaking out, do so, but it does not really
matter if it does.
> Twist the headlight pod to release the plastic clip that holds
it in place on the top outer side. That's it.The following day Andy
Klava reported the job was done and many thanks. Clearly the Worldwide
web is helping V8 enthusiasts!
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