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post #1 of 35 Old 06-27-2012, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight Bucket Repair ?????

The adjuster screws on my sons 79 CJ7 have stripped and he has no adjustment of the headlight direction. I did a search on headlight bucket repair and only came up with wiring repairs. Have any of you run in to this problem and how did you fix it? New buckets are $$$.$$ plus shipping and there has to be a better solution. Any help would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 35 Old 06-27-2012, 08:30 PM
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I ziptied mine in place. Not the greatest solution but it works. Just put them on the garage door or a wall and you can line them up and zip time them in place. My rings went over top of them and you cant even tell
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Just use some bigger screws.
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post #4 of 35 Old 06-27-2012, 09:19 PM
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Just use some bigger screws.
I dought bigger screws are a option. The adjust screws have the reduction in the shank for adjustment. I don't remember seeing larger ones anywhere.

One thing you might try is the smallest SS hose clamp around the outside. Some of mine were cracked, the clamps worked for me. You might also check the "help section" at parts stores.

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Or send MoC a PM to see if he has used buckets that are in good shape.

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I have a set of buckets for $50 shipped if you are interested. PM me.

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Or send MoC a PM to see if he has used buckets that are in good shape.
lol, 1 2 3 4 jinx!! We posted at the same time!

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The plastic on mine snapped, so what I did was mix up some epoxy and cabosil (you could also use micro balloons) this makes the epoxy into a peanut butter consistency. Put a bunch of chapstick on the screw stick it in there and glob on the epoxy. When it hardens you can unscrew the screw still.

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Ive repaired them two ways, the first was I removed the stripped plastic threaded part by drilling out the rivet and replaced it with a good one from another broken bucket. A small screw or rivet does the trick.
The other way was when I didn't have a replacement part, I welded the correct thread nut on the end of a metal bracket that located it in the right spot. More fab work, but it wont strip again like the plastic.

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post #10 of 35 Old 06-28-2012, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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I ziptied mine in place. Not the greatest solution but it works. Just put them on the garage door or a wall and you can line them up and zip time them in place. My rings went over top of them and you cant even tell
Thats what I did for the time being.

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Ive repaired them two ways, the first was I removed the stripped plastic threaded part by drilling out the rivet and replaced it with a good one from another broken bucket. A small screw or rivet does the trick.
The other way was when I didn't have a replacement part, I welded the correct thread nut on the end of a metal bracket that located it in the right spot. More fab work, but it wont strip again like the plastic.
Fabrication I can Handle. This sounds like the best solution. Do you happen to remember the correct thread? I'm at work and could build them before I leave for the day.
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The plastic on mine snapped, so what I did was mix up some epoxy and cabosil (you could also use micro balloons) this makes the epoxy into a peanut butter consistency. Put a bunch of chapstick on the screw stick it in there and glob on the epoxy. When it hardens you can unscrew the screw still.
That's a cool idea! New uses for my cabosil.

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That's a cool idea! New uses for my cabosil.
epoxy and cabosil is big boy Bondo

I try and stay away from the polyester resin if I can

Using the micro and the waxed threads will allow you to create threaded holes anywhere you want on your glass tub. I did that to fill in the stripped out holes the PO left for the hard top.

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When my son put a CJ grill and hood on his YJ, I got the headlight buckets from a Pick-N-Pull out of a Chevy pickup. The small parts I needed, I got from the "odd ball" rack at almost all auto parts stores. They went in with very minor modifications, fit perfectially.
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epoxy and cabosil is big boy Bondo

I try and stay away from the polyester resin if I can

Using the micro and the waxed threads will allow you to create threaded holes anywhere you want on your glass tub. I did that to fill in the stripped out holes the PO left for the hard top.
I never thought of that. What a great idea.

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You can get the replacement adjusters at the auto parts store out in the aisles with all the other replacement doo-dads...Then drill out the old rivets and screw or rivet the new ones in place as suggested by only in a jeep Ed.
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