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".
Gavin Brown replied "you
need to remove the bumper to do this". He then set out the steps for
> Undo the two bolts that hold up the lower plastic air
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
> Remove the bumpers.
the headlight pods
> Remove the front wheel - not entirely necessary,
but it makes it easier.
> Remove the rubber bung below the back of
> You will then need a long Phillips screwdriver to
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
> Undo the two Phillips screws that go into the sides of the
> 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!
by the V8 Register