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    Post How to: Modify 1st Gen Buckets for 2nd/3rd Gen Lights




    So your thinking about converting your front end from your 1st gen to a 2nd or 3rd gen front end. Well hopefully this will help you out.

    Let me begin by stressing that the ABSOLUTE best way to do this is to install 2nd gen buckets on your 1st gen car. The only valid reason for keeping your 1st gen buckets is if you later on intent to put the car back to a 1st gen front end. When I repainted my car I also had my 1st gen parts repainted in case I wanted to go back to the 1st gen look. On my previous 93 I had welded 2nd gen buckets on the car and it looked incredibly clean, but since I tend to switch back and forth on front ends I figured this was the best route for me.

    With that in mind, let me say this again, it is ABSOLUTELY better for you to replace the buckets.

    Okay now that we have addressed the most important part let’s move on.

    Equipment Used:
    1) Angle Grinder (2 blades)
    2) Dremel (6 blades)
    3) Drill
    4) Hole Saw drill bit

    Overall time: 1 hour on each side once you removed the bumper.


    These pictures should show you all the cuts and places I drilled.











    End Result:


    This is the only picture I have right now, I'll take more tomorrow when I pick up my car from some work I'm having done.

    I'll continue working on this thread throughout the day.
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    intersting, im suprised more people havent tried this quite honestly, the front end designs arent all that different looking so i figured it could be done somehow.

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    This is interesting......and informative.Please proceed
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    Updated with some pictures, but should be complete by tomorrow, I noticed I forgot to take some pictures from different angles. I'm picking up my car tomorrow so I'll take some pictures of the end result.

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    Without the bracket on the outside that bolts to the side of the headlight I found my headlights jiggled a bit, so I just welded a piece of flat stock there and bolt the light to it. The lights are fully stable now.

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    In for pics of the end result. Might attempt this for my 2g conversion instead of spending $150 on new buckets

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    I'll post finished results around lunch time. I got home late yesterday from the mechanic shop.

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