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Old February 2nd, 2017, 11:12 AM   #26
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Been 2 or 3 years since i was last on here. Love this post!
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Old February 3rd, 2017, 12:18 AM   #27
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Thanks for your comment! I really appreciate

I am now working on retrofiting the USA headlamps.
I have the Euro Headlamps with the small cover and ajusting level beam.
The USA headlamps are really rare in Europe. I think the opposite is true for you in the USA
And we can't just swap the covers because the mounting points are not the same.

So, here is side by side a comparison.
Blue : EU spec headlight
Black : US spec headlight

















H4 versus sealed beam:






So I totaly strip down the US headlight that I have bought from the USA on ebay.


Sand blasted and primed to remove any spot of rust:






Painted in original Metalic Blue:


All shinny and rust free




Also cleaned all the hardware and screw:


And installed my EU bulbs in the US bulb holder. So they are ok for the MOT ? (annual inspection of the car) and I don't need to cut the original H4 plugs.





Now I have to install them on the car
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Old February 24th, 2017, 12:24 AM   #28
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I fitted the US headlight to the car. It is quite difficult to adjust the up and down rubber stops.





Unfortunately, I could not fit the headlight covers because they are bent
I bought the complete headlight assembly from a junkyard trough ebay and have not seen the covers are bent. One does not fit the curb of the front fender and the other doesn't follow the curb of the hood...
So I have to find another cover set from the USA.
Looking for your help guys
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Old February 24th, 2017, 03:34 PM   #29
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thats unfortunate!, but great restoration so far. Keep up the good work
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Old February 24th, 2017, 05:49 PM   #30
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sbeube02 Is there anyway to shim the pieces to tilt them in the right direction? Maybe check out some metal working videos on YouTube, to see if there are any tips or tricks that will work for you to help them fit.

... or did you buy the American lids?
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Old February 25th, 2017, 02:31 AM   #31
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Yes I bought the whole American lids and headlight assembly. They are longer than the Europe lids.
I will try to bend them but I fear the paint will crack. Anyway the bent radius will not be perfect and I think it will be better if I can find another set in perfect condition and paint them again.
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Old February 25th, 2017, 08:27 AM   #32
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Were you trying to swap to the American ones or not? Maybe a swap thread will help you find what you need. At least maybe tell you all the parts that are different.
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Old March 2nd, 2017, 02:40 PM   #33
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noice, some good info here about the door seals I have to do them on my 95 base
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 05:12 PM   #34
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noice, some good info here about the door seals I have to do them on my 95 base
Need to take the post about this and make it a sticky. So many of us need to replace the door seals. Me included
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Old March 30th, 2017, 11:54 PM   #35
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Some updates on the front bumper cover.
I replaced all the fitting hardware with new OEM part. The metal brackets were sand blasted and painted.





I carefully cleaned the plastic reinforcement:



New captive nut:



New bumper emblem and fitting hardware:


New plastic grommet for the bumper to front fender:




Metal bracket bolted on the bumper cover:


Plastic bracket in place:




This is the spacial plastic trim for the USA headlight:


This is how the emblem is fitted from factory. No double sided tape but just pins and metal clips:




Bumper cover in place with new nut:


Now I need you help guys. Could someone provide me a picture of the bolts or screw that goes on the red arrow below?
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Old March 31st, 2017, 03:52 AM   #36
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Now I need you help guys. Could someone provide me a picture of the bolts or screw that goes on the red arrow below?
I believe those are all three expanding type plastic push pins.
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Old March 31st, 2017, 07:11 AM   #37
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Thanks a lot!
I think you are right for the left and right one.
Just found this picture on the internet, there is plastic push clip:


But for the center one, I have a threaded part so I think it must be a screw.

Also I am looking for a picture of part 17C756D on this schematic:


I don't have the part and I don't remember what it was. Thanks!

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Old March 31st, 2017, 04:53 PM   #38
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Very impressed with your work. Trying to do something similar with mine but it's more of a restomod. Will be starting a thread about mine at some point.
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Old May 20th, 2017, 08:02 AM   #39
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Hello guys!
Some update on the restoration.
I sandblasted more parts for the front long range lights and some brackets for the rear bumper cover.






Also painted black the doors and trunk lock:


Brand new plastic seal for the door locks:


These parts are for the rear bumper cover:








Now I am waiting for brand new emblems and new OEM screws.
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Old August 6th, 2017, 11:52 AM   #40
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All my Photobucket pictures are not allowed. This is boring and I don't want to re-upload all them.
So I will use imgur, hope it will last longer.
Lets start with some hardware that come back from the zinc plater:
Before:


After:


I can now almost refit the rear bumper and cover.
Rear bumper reinforcement with new screw:



Plastic brackets with new screw:




Yellow zinc plated hardware the the bumper shock absorber:






Bolt and gaskets for the bumper:




And now the polystyrene things with new 3M double sided white tape:




I still have to refit the license plate light bracket and I am waiting for some nut and bolt for the bumper cover.

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Old August 8th, 2017, 09:43 AM   #41
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This thing will be brand new by the time you're done!
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Old September 22nd, 2017, 01:34 PM   #42
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This thing will be brand new by the time you're done!
That is the goal. This car had so much previous owners (at least 5), was wrecked a little in the front, in the rear, on the side...
Poor Probe, I do my best to get it back to its former glory.

I polished the front turn signal and fastened them on the front bumper:




I fixed the broken pin on the Probe 24v emblems and reinstalled with the correct hardware:





Fastened the rear bumper cover with brand new screw, nut and clips:



Cleaned, fed and installed the door seals:


Cleaned and reinstalled the front and rear plastic inner wheel arch:


Enjoy!

I will need your help soon with a pic request to figure out something weird in the trunk compartment

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Old September 22nd, 2017, 04:38 PM   #43
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Whats the part number for those large black bumper clips on the bottom right of your pic? I need to replace mine and couldnt find any similar online. You are doing some amazing work to this car, keep it up!
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Old September 23rd, 2017, 05:38 AM   #44
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Mazda part number BF82-50-233
On the European bumper you have 3 plastic clips like this, on the USA depending on the year you will have more.
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