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Lucas SBC3 for 1986 90 military?

Discussion in '101's and Military' started by Dave Ellis, Jun 21, 2019.

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    67804C5D-4C11-4C10-8B24-D2FA8DC19039.jpeg does anyone know if the Lucas sbc3 would fit my 1986 mil 90?

    Failed mot on headlamp adjustment and they couldn’t adjust it because the 3 front screws (not actually screws) are seized and one sheared off

    eBay has a pair of complete headlight units off a mil seriesIII. I’m guessing they are essentially the same as the 1986 90 (pre Defender)

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    They are the same size so should fit. If they are cheap get them otherwise just fit civvy lamp bowls complete with adjusters etc.
    I thought the headlight aim adjusters (two of) were inside the holes round the rim (3 o'clock and 12 o'clock) not the exposed ones.
     
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    Yes. I think you are right. I’ve never really looked at them before and I wasn’t there when they tried to adjust them. I’ve can see slotted screws at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. Assume it would only need one for vertical adjustment and one for horizontal

    Thanks for responding. Very useful. The sbc3 kits are £35 without the headlights themselves but if the current ones can be adjusted if the correct screws are used then it’s not a critical issue.
     
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    I’ve got the bowls etc. But I can’t see how to release the headlight so I can change the bowl, adjuster ring etc. As it’s fully open to the weather there is a lot of rust in there. Manual say press and turn but it won’t do either. Anyone got any helpful suggestions?
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    First see if there is one or two small cross head screws holding the unit in (about 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock) if so remove them if you can. The lights should be retained by keyhole and spring screws (3 of IIRC) You should be able to push in the whole headlamp unit and then turn it anticlockwise until the screw hits the end of the keyhole and then the hole is big enough to let the head of the screw through, if that makes sense. If yours isn't doing it you may well need to be robust with the unit, pushing it in and out repeatedly, to get the springs moving and then turning it left and right to free up the screws from the ring. Photos would be better but I don't have access to a camera and headlights at the moment. Good luck.
     
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    Thanks, very useful. I’ll see if there are screws holding it then I’ll be more robust.
     
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    All sorted. Thanks for your help. It was welded with rust. Broke 3 drill bits in the process. Took it for re-test and the man dropped the headlight and smashed it! Have to take the nearside one off now to replace the headlight so it matches the other one. :)
     
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    Hope the garage pays to replace the headlight they broke....
     
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    Waived the test/re-test charge
     
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