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Are the right and left buckets the same? Somehow I think I have two of the same. I have the smaller grills (early) grills and I think I might have the late (bulging) buckets. I have these trim rings that look like they should fill the gap on the grill but I can't seem to get the orientation right. Both buckets have headlight adjusters on the pax side of the ones I have.

What's the deal with the shallow vs deep early grills? What came when? I was thinking the shallow ones were the early ones.

John

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The difference is in the angle at which two of the pieces are welded together, and it's subtle. I can't think of a way to describe it so you'd know which you have.

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But are the adjusters are on the same side? Mine are both on the pax side of the car.

John

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Yes, both the right and left buckets have one adjuster @ the top and one on the passenger side.

Bob Napier

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Cool, thanks for the info. I'll go out there again and look it over.

John

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If you still can't tell your left from right headlight buckets, drop me an e-mail. I had the same problem and after I figured out how to tell 'em apart, I included it in a column. I'll send you the pertinent part of the column.

As for grilles: the difference is in the depth of the headlight surrounds on the grille. On the shallow bucket (mid 72 or so to end of 73 production) the front to back depth of the headlight surround measured at 6 o'clock is about 1.5", while on the earlier grilles it's about 2.5" And they use different headlight retainers: symmetrical for the later grilles (same as the squarelight retainers but chrome vs black) and assymetrical for the earlier grilles.

Hope that helps...

mike

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The easiest way to tell them apart is to picture them in their installed position. The mounting panel is angled such that if the buckets had no angle to them the headlites would point outward, away from the center of the car by about 15 degrees or so. Thus the buckets are designed to correct that, if you hold them with the base perpendicular to the center line of the car, they would point inward.

Hope this helps.

Last night about 11, I figured out the PO had installed 2 right side buckets in mine. Anyone need a brand new passenger side bucket ?

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