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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 02, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I had so much luck with my last posting (finding all sorts of places to buy old car parts), I thought I would ask another. (great forum by the way).

In my quest for a 67-68 Camaro, my desire is to find a RS/SS with the hideaway headlights. If I cannot find this, can the grill and lights be changed out? Where would one find these parts? Are they re-made for the after market? (I did search on the websights provided, but could not seem to find what I'm looking for).

So, has anyone here changed out the grill and headlights to a RS/SS type before? How much of a pain is it?

I recall having a 69 RS long ago. The headlight covers were vacuum and back then could be considered a pain. I remember there was a small switch in the system that allowed for them to remain open all the time. (Most of the time they were). Now, some 33 years later want the darn lights back. Ah, to middle age crazies.

Anyone done this change out?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 02, 06:16 PM
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Yes, you can do it. I believe Rick's 1st gen. has the kits. I think the kit was around $900 though.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 02, 06:17 PM
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yes, you can change them over to the rs grille with hideaway lights, the restoration catalogs sell everything needed, the rs cars had special fender brackets that recessed the headlight housing back several inches to make room for the hideaway doors. these brackets are available, but i think they have to be tack welded in place. don'tknow how much of a pain that would be, my car is an original rs, so i have never done the conversion. by the way. 67 used electric operated doors, 68-69 used vacuum. David

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 7th, 02, 01:16 AM
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Remember that the lower valence is slightly different. The 68 will have less differences over the 67....due to the turn signals on the 67. I also think that the fenders have different plastic ferrurls than the 68.

If I am wrong, I stand corrected.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 7th, 02, 03:27 AM
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The Backup lights are also relocated -- below the rear bumper.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 7th, 02, 06:36 AM
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With the back up lights relocate-means you need new tail lights also. As the non RS has backup included in the lens.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 7th, 02, 12:06 PM
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You can reuse the old back up light housing, but if you are a purist, look for the correct housings with only 2 light bulb holes.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 7th, 02, 09:25 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Unreal:
You can reuse the old back up light housing, but if you are a purist, look for the correct housings with only 2 light bulb holes.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm just funning with you here as what you said made me laugh!! Would a purist really condone or add the RS parts to a non-RS Camaro?

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