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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 15, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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67 RS Hide Away Headlights Electronic Conversion

Hey Guys, I am thinking about converting my Hide Away Headlights to electronic. I saw a company online who sells a very nice product. Retro Electro, LLC. http://www.retro-electro.net/index.html I was thinking about removing my original bucket housings (with motors) and headlight doors, then storing them away (didn't want to alter my originals). Buying reproduction buckets, doors and installing the electronic kit. Has anyone used this product yet. It looks so simple. Thanks Tom.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 15, 10:42 PM
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Re: 67 RS Hide Away Headlights Electronic Conversion

I Would get the two bushing kits from Heartbeat City. http://www.heartbeatcitycamaro.com/s...%2814%29-1967/ & http://www.heartbeatcitycamaro.com/s...hing-kit-1967/ This is all I did to my headlight buckets to make them operate like new. There is no reason to spend almost $300 on reproduction headlight buckets just remove the motors from your from the buckets, remove all the limit switches, and remove the relay panel and store all these parts in gallon size baggies. The headlight kit works great. I had nothing but headaches before I install the kit from Retro Electro, LLC. on my 67 RS Camaro. The only thing I wish is that Retro Electro, LLC. came out with that kit before I spent all the money replacing all the electrical parts and new wiring harnesses trying to get my headlight doors to operate correctly.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 6th, 15, 07:02 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 67 RS Hide Away Headlights Electronic Conversion

Doug, I replaced the relay panel and restored my original motors last November. Everything worked fine until two weeks ago. Then a bad limit switch, a simple fix. I am with you, remove the original stuff, store it, and install the Retro Electro kit. I have one concern, you must drill out and alter the door housing bracket to 3/8. I know its petty, prefer to keep the bucket housing stock original. That is why I am thinking about buying new buckets with headlight doors (290.00 ouch). Perhaps I could find some reproduction brackets and drill them out. Add another project for this winter. Will keep you posted with info and pics. Thanks, Tom

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 6th, 15, 10:49 AM
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Re: 67 RS Hide Away Headlights Electronic Conversion

I really like that retro electric kit. Mine are all original up front. Ive replaced the relays and they work fine 90% of the time. I probably have a touchy limit switch but that retro setup looks really slick. I like how it delays a second or 2 before closing.
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Re: 67 RS Hide Away Headlights Electronic Conversion

Tom, if you don't want to use your parts that you have to drill the two holes in. Find a piece of metal the same gauge and use your motor plate as a template, draw it onto the new metal, mark each hole to drill. Do one for left and right side. Purchase two of these arms to drill out the bottom hole to 3/8". http://www.camarocentral.com/1967_Ra...m_p/ral-55.htm this will save you a lot of money.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 7th, 15, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 67 RS Hide Away Headlights Electronic Conversion

Hey Doug, problem solved. You got me thinking regarding the motor plate template. I checked eBay and found I can purchase an original set of motor plates for 30 dollars. Next add in the door brackets for 20 dollars. I get the best of both worlds, modify the new parts and keep my bucket housing and headlight doors completely original with no modifications at all. Add in the Retro Electro Electronics equipment, open and shut Hideaway Head Lights for good (lol). Thanks Again, Tom

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