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RE: removing headlight trim

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Subject: RE: removing headlight trim
From: "Wil Boucher" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 09:37:12 -0800
I used a rubber door stop to pry underneath and all the way around and
then they popped off, no paint chips.

There was no way I could get them off with my fingers, way too tight!

1969 MGB

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Behalf Of Max Heim
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2003 9:03 AM
To: MG List
Subject: Re: removing headlight trim

Huh, I'm a bit surprised at all this discussion. I really thought I
that the last time I adjusted my headlights, I managed to remove the
using just my fingers. But perhaps I am having a memory lapse, or my
assemblies are just more worn than most (not my mental assemblies, the
headlight rings <g>).

on 2/12/03 9:02 PM, British Classics at wrote:

> You had better not follow these instructions, paint chips are
> inevitable but let's not accelerate the process. ( Sorry Larry)
> Bob has the correct idea, but it is a bit easier if you take the paint
> can opener ( get at any home improvement or paint store)  and bend the
> lip so it is a bit more pronounced and keep up pressure on it as you
> pull the headlamp door off. Put a little tape on the top of it to the
> body and you will be less apt to drop and damage it as it may come off
> rather suddenly.  I smear a tad of grease on the spring clip and push
> the door on with a downwards thrust for ease of installation and
> subsequent future removal.
> Brad
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Larry Colen" <>
> To: "MG List" <>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2003 5:24 PM
> Subject: Re: removing headlight trim
> You just have to pry them off. They seem to be held on by a little
> springy thing, and force of habit. if you are worried about chipping
> the paint when prying (prising?) them off with a screwdriver or
> whatever, don't worry, it's inevitable. Or you could try putting a
> shoprag between the screwdriver/prybar and the body work when prying.
> Alternatively, you could go in from the back, in the fender well, chip
> the mud of the studs that pass through the bodywork, and remove the
> whole assembly from the back. Mind you, you'll probably trash at least
> one of the mounting studs in the process, requiring you to replace the
> whole assemebly.
> HTH  :)
> On Wed, Feb 12, 2003 at 06:41:14PM -0600, Bob Shaw wrote:
>> At 8:36 PM +0000 2/12/2003, Lysander Meath Baker wrote:
>>> Does anyone know how to get the chrome trim off the headlights on
> my '77
>>> MGB? Haynes manual says "ease the bottom of the chrome ring
> forward..." but
>>> I can't seem to shift it and the bodywork stops me applying any
> decent
>>> leverage without harming the paint.
>>> Lysander
>> Use a paint can opener.
>> --
>> Bob Shaw
>> Check out Shaw's Garage at
>> My British Car is NOT leaky - it's merely marking its territory.


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the primer red one with chrome wires

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