1976 Superior 54XL Restoration Log

The CJ184 are off, replaced by a pair of 184Hs (Thanks Jeremy L).

184Hs 01.jpg
This was a nerve wrecking experience. The skirts for both these 184Hs were original and had both lights tilted outbound so I had to trim them so that they would sit level on the car. I never done this, but there was no better time than this afternoon to get learning.

First I made sure that the car was leveled from side to side. I could not rely on the roof for this since the middle of the roof is slightly higher than the sides so I used the tunnel lights as a reference. I did not worry about having the car leveled from front to back since the roof is flat in this direction.

Car Level 01.jpg

I had one new skirt and for the second one, I took the light mechanism out of it so it was easier to handle. I made a template to line-up the new mounting holes through the roof, measured everything twice and went to town with the drill. I wanted the mounting bolts in place when I leveled the skirts so that the skirts would stay in place lined-up properly. I did not bolt them down.

Because I have to remove the lights to park the car in the garage I moved them back 2 1/2 from where the CJ184 were mounted. This way I will have full access to the three mounting bolts that I secure with wing nuts for easy installation and removal.

In order to level the skirts, the passenger side one had to be lifted 5/8" and the driver side one four popsicle stick thick.

Passenger Side 184H Leveled 01.jpg

I warped the bottom of the skirts with masking tape and used this nifty tool to scribe the cut line around each skirts.

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Once the scribe line was complete with the tool, I marked it with a sharpy so that it was easier to see.

Marling the scribe line 01.jpg

Next steep was to take the Dremel tool with a cutting blade and follow the line.

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As you can see, one skirt required a little mor trimming than the other.
184 H Trim 01.jpg

At the end, both skirts ended up to be perfect!

184H Leveled 01.jpg184H Leveled 02.jpg

I reassembled both lights, wrapped the bottom gasket and voila! Job done.


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A door stop work will for leveling the lights. Pretty fancy with that scribe tool i would just lay the sharpie flat on the roof at a right angle and drag it around. one may end up doing it twice that way. Don't forget to toss all that scrap brass in a bucket. It suprising how it adds up on a car.