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Part interchangeability - Malibu/Nova/Camaro

Post by 76 Malibu on Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:26 pm

I converted my car to single round headlights and one of the headlight retaining rings broke.  I fixed it, but it broke again and I need to find a replacement.  Searching eBay this auction came up:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Headlamp-Retaining-Rings-w-screws-Chevrolet-Pontiac-Olds-head-lamp-headlight-/271905996875?fits=Year%3A1979%7CModel%3ACamaro&hash=item3f4edc404b:g:NmUAAOSwyQtVgx~Q&vxp=mtr

It shows that these rings are interchangeable with 1975-81 Camaros and 1975-1978 Novas?  Is this true?  Anyone have an old parts catalog that can confirm part numbers?

Also, are the headlight buckets on the left and right side identical?  When I went to install my right side headlight it didn't want to site in the bucket correctly unless the headlight was upside down?
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Post by chevellelaguna on Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:24 pm

You're correct about the left and right side specific buckets, the left side is orientated such a way to access the headlight aiming screws that correspond to the headlight bezel. The rings are interchangeable between left and right.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:49 pm

As near as I can tell, you need GM part# 5964574 (check out the price of NOS! affraid ).  It fits a wide range of vehicles from '73 up.  Beware though...I've read where the repros have weak tabs where the screws go thru.  If you feel compelled to spend $61 on a pair of these, I'd gladly get you a set of originals from the yard...lol! They are sitting out there by the hundreds.  If you really only need one, we can do that, too.
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Post by 76 Malibu on Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:14 pm

chevellelaguna wrote:You're correct about the left and right side specific buckets, the left side is orientated such a way to access the headlight aiming screws that correspond to the headlight bezel. The rings are interchangeable between left and right.

I meant the actual steel buckets that hold the light bulbs. I removed them and later reinstalled after they were blasted and painted. I oriented both so that the headlight aiming screws work, but like I said the bulb on the right side doesn't seem to want to sit in there unless it's upside down?

Mcarlo77 wrote:As near as I can tell, you need GM part# 5964574 (check out the price of NOS! affraid ).  It fits a wide range of vehicles from '73 up.  Beware though...I've read where the repros have weak tabs where the screws go thru.  If you feel compelled to spend $61 on a pair of these, I'd gladly get you a set of originals from the yard...lol! They are sitting out there by the hundreds.  If you really only need one, we can do that, too.

I didn't want to spend $61, which is why I was asking about part interchangability. I figured it might be easier to find a Nova or Camaro part vs a G3. That said, I am very interested if you can get some used ones for a good price. That would be very appreciated. I'd probably only need two, one to fix the broken one, and one spare. You can PM me with the price and details.
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