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Question about headlight socket removal

Post by Mopar_man » Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:19 pm

So I'm taking the light bar and head lamps off of my 1926 and I unscrewed the black thimble where the wires go in. How do you get the bulb socket out? How does the headlamp reflector come out? I removed the Headlight rim, glass, spring but the reflector just seems to spin and the socket moves in and out when I move the adjusting screw. I know there is a cotter pin in there but with the reflector in the way I can't get to it.


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Re: Question about headlight socket removal

Post by Humblej » Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:27 pm

You need to buy and consult the Ford Service Manual and Ford Service Bulletins. Lots of good stuff there.

Headlights are difficult to take apart or put together...miserable job, sometimes takes two pairs of hands to wrestle the rim off or on.
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Re: Question about headlight socket removal

Post by rickg » Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:32 pm

Put a short hook on a piece of coat hanger then pull the reflector out ,pulling in several places around it and it will come out, then remove the small cotter pin and turn the adjusting screw until it won't turn anymore and pull the socket out, it may take some pliers. :idea:

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Re: Question about headlight socket removal

Post by Mark Nunn » Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:54 pm

You get more manouverability in the reflector if you use the adjustment screw to pull the socket as far back as possible. It can go back enough to clear the back of the reflector.

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Re: Question about headlight socket removal

Post by Mopar_man » Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:57 pm

Thanks! I have all the books but didn't see a part where it talked about the reflector removal. I'll give the hook method a try when I back the socket out with the adjusting screw.

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Re: Question about headlight socket removal

Post by Mark Gregush » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:01 pm

You line the notches up in the reflectors with the dips in the head light. You have to take the reflectors out before you can take the sockets out. There are cotter pins in the screws to keep them from coming out on their own.
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Re: Question about headlight socket removal

Post by Humblej » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:54 pm

I couldnt find it in the manuals either.

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Re: Question about headlight socket removal

Post by Mopar_man » Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:48 pm

Thanks Everyone. I got them out. I was able to disconnect the wiring as well.

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