North American Turbocoupe Organization

Headlight restore
BLKBRD Offline
When i bought my Bird the headlights lens would get water condensation on the inside showing that there is a failed seal around the lens.
After putting up with this for a few years I finally did something about it.
In the past i would just pull out the bulb and use my heat gun to dry out the inside of the light housing.

This past weekend i pulled the lights and fixed the problem.

First removed the light housing from the car and I stuffed the bulb opening with a shop rag and put my air gun into it and gave a quick blast of air to it.
I was trying to be gentle with the air trying not to blow up the whole thing, but the force of the air came too quick.
This turned out to be a blessing!

It popped the lens loose at the spot where the seal had failed around the bottom of the lens which showed me where to start.
I then took my pocket knife and carefully cut and pried off the lens.
I repeated this on the second light housing.

After getting both lens`s off I took my plastic polish to both sides of the lens.
I used my electric buffing wheel on the outside of the lens to bring back the shine.
WARNING: be extra careful not to over heat the lens!

I then took some non-grit plastic polish to the chrome finish on the inside of the housing.
Again, be extra careful not to over polish the chrome.

After they were all cleaned up I washed them in the kitchen sink with dish soap using a soft sponge and then used the air gun to dry them.

Then glue the lens back on the housing with a clear silicon sealer to seal the lens.

I think this will give me a few years of water free headlights!!!
`88 Turbo Coupe Blk/Raven 5 spd
`71 Blazer slammed
`62 Impala SS 409/425
`60 Rambler American SW
`56 F-100, sold
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FLSTCI71 Offline
Senior Member
Good description. In addition to water free operation, clear lights make a huge difference in the looks of the car too. Enjoy your "new" TC!
1987 Turbo Coupe - Son's car
1987 Super Coupe - Son's project car
1934 Ford - My project car

Blue Oval Bird Offline
Just had one pop out at 115 - ish MPH over the weekend. Found it this morning at the car wash Sad
1988 Turbo Coupe: 5-speed, 75k original one owner garage kept miles.

MODS: K&N filter on the VAM, Gillis Boost Valve @ 16 PSI, Walbro 255 lph pump, Kirban AFPR, Full STINGER 3" turbo back exhaust with Magnaflow muffler, Motorsports 140 MPH Speedometer.

T-BirdX3 Offline
Senior Member
My problems tends to be the lack of chrome. I have painted a set, looked better but the lighting was no better.
'88 T-Coupe 5 speed/'88 T-Coupe Auto
'87 T-Coupe 5 speed/'87 T-coupe 5 speed(76k orig mile)
..... and there was light!

xcrunnerbd Offline
Posting Freak
the best stuff I have found for painting the inside of headlights is from a craft store's antique mirror restoration area: Silver mirror restoration paint. It isn't a perfect match to the factory light but is good enough that I will receive "brights" if I leave my brights on. I used to drive with my brights on all the time prior to this and still struggled a bit to see at times.
Project 13 sec. / 30mpg in '88 TC 5Speed : [email protected] / 32+ mpg

On The Car: KN cone, 2-stage [email protected] 15psi wired to fuel switch, Kirban AFPR @ 39psi, Walbro 255 HP FP, 130A 3G Alt., Full 3" Stinger Exhaust incl. cat. no muffler,

Shelf: .48 T3, ported E6, BPV

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