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Old 11-16-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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As anyone replaced their headlamp adjusting screws and nuts? I need to replace mine. I didn't have time to look to see what they look like before we left the MH last Sunday. I have a 1982 28'
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:53 PM   #2
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Most everything like that on your vintage MH was stock GM stuff. The headlights were the terrible 4 lamp rectangular that GM used on everything. If you don't have the parts in hand, the best thing I can recommend is to go to the section in your parts store that has the "Help" products. Lots of various stuff there, like window cranks, tail light sockets, horn button parts and yes, headlight adjustment screws. Look for GM screws, 70's to 80's.

But the best thing is to have the parts you need in hand when you go to the store, unless you remember what they look like directly.
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:04 PM   #3
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They are at most Autozones and Advance... blue or pink if I remember correctly.
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:54 PM   #4
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No I have not looked a my adjusting screws, all my years a mechanic I think most of them are about the same. I think most of your parts store will have them.
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All the parts stores carry three types for GM. I'm guessing it is the small square one.
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:36 PM   #6
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Big-Dad,
I look at my 82 32 ft an I'll get back to you on Monday an tell the type screw it is
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:51 PM   #7
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I look at my 82 32 ft an I'll get back to you on Monday an tell the type screw it is
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Thanks Lit'l Al.
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:38 PM   #8
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Thanks Lit'l Al.
I got a photo of my Adj-Screw The screw is is about 1 9/16" long, Phillips screw head, 1/4"Fine thread, The thread part of the screw is 1 1/2" long. The photo are not the best! But the best I can do with my camera.

If you want more I have the screw out, so just say an I'll do it "All but give you my Adj-screw"
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As anyone replaced their headlamp adjusting screws and nuts? I need to replace mine. I didn't have time to look to see what they look like before we left the MH last Sunday. I have a 1982 28'
I have. They are the stock #12-28 headlight adjusting screws found on most American cars and trucks. But, the nutplates inside the Airstream headlight bucket are made of cheese. In mine, the threads were gone from the nutplates and I had to back them up with regular nuts (with nylon locking inserts). If your symptom is that you can't get the headlight beams to stay up high enough, this is probably why. Just adding nuts means I need to get in there with a wrench to hold the nut while adjusting -- will replace the nutplates at some point.
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