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tjts1
12-09-2004, 07:27 PM
First of all I want to thank Kane (PWRPUFF) for his excelent write up.
http://www.powerpuff.net/volvo/headlight/
I followed his instructions to the letter. The only different is instead of using zip ties on the third screw, I used another L bracket. Total time was about 2 hours. Originally I was going to use the acrilyc box frames as covers. But since those tend to yellow just like the originals, I will cut out a 7" round hole in the box frames, mount them inside out and paint them black. They are just going to be space fillers around the headlights.

Cost break down:
Mounting brackets from a 79 240 from junkyard + h4 plugs = $10
8X12 acrylic box frames (not yet installed) $15 shipped.
2 Hella 7" round e-codes + 55/60 H4 bulbs $79 shipped
http://www.rallylights.com/hella/7in.asp

4 L brackets + nuts, screws and lock washers $5
Total $109.

I will make some of that up on ebay by selling the old headlights.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/tjts1/240%20e-codes/Picture001.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/tjts1/240%20e-codes/Picture002.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/tjts1/240%20e-codes/Picture003.jpg
Turn signal

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/tjts1/240%20e-codes/Picture004.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/tjts1/240%20e-codes/Picture009.jpg
Low beam

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/tjts1/240%20e-codes/Picture010.jpg
low beam

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/tjts1/240%20e-codes/Picture011.jpg
high beam

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/tjts1/240%20e-codes/Picture012.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/tjts1/240%20e-codes/Picture013.jpg

wisturbo
12-09-2004, 07:48 PM
creative project.. flathood?

holtzboy
12-09-2004, 08:22 PM
Good job with the conversion, I would do that but I wanna get another car soon, preferably, one from 1975-1985, not naturally aspirated and automatic like mine! It would be cool if you could get some night pictures with the dual 7's shining down a long road or even some video footage cuz I wanna see wut iv been missing.

stylngle2003
12-09-2004, 08:45 PM
looks sweet! i really like the way the conversion turned out...just cant wait to see how it looks with the filler pieces in

The Aspirator
12-09-2004, 08:50 PM
That's going to look awesome man! How are those Hella lights working out? I'm going to convert to the two round lights like that, and probably get new lights. My quad squares just suck. Can't wait to see the bezel thingies when they're done.

volvogeek
12-09-2004, 09:03 PM
Very nice! Now I've seen this twice in one day. :)

Here, and on LJ (http://www.livejournal.com/community/volvolovers/157061.html). :cool:

tjts1
12-09-2004, 09:18 PM
It would be cool if you could get some night pictures with the dual 7's shining down a long road or even some video footage cuz I wanna see wut iv been missing.

I just got back from aiming them. Sorry my camera sucks.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/tjts1/240%20e-codes/Picture016.jpg

Went for a ride around the block and wow! Its like night and day. The visibility is actually better than the Volvo e-codes on the 960. Highbeams area really strong too. Now I wan't to try some upgraded bulbs. Maybe 80/100w. But I need relays for that.

Captain Bondo
12-09-2004, 10:19 PM
errr,
you noticed that the lower valance is cutting off probably about the whole, bottom quarter of the beam pattern right? IMO they're too far "inside" the car. You're actually losing light and it looks odd. Sorry, just me.

fast850turbo
12-09-2004, 11:06 PM
i like that it looks good. ever think of changing the h4 to a HID h4? im thinking bout doing that with mine..theres a few kits out that only cost bout 400 ldollars .

tjts1
12-10-2004, 12:20 AM
errr,
you noticed that the lower valance is cutting off probably about the whole, bottom quarter of the beam pattern right? IMO they're too far "inside" the car. You're actually losing light and it looks odd. Sorry, just me.

Nope I checked that before I installed it. It doesn't cut off any of the light. The bottom of the headlight it about a quarter of an inch above the metal. Also the low beam pattern is only generated by by the top 50% of the headlight. The bottom of the headlight is only used in highbeam. The reflector points light away from its quadrant. So the bottom of the headlight aims the light upward and the top of the headlight points the light down. No interferance what so ever.

i like that it looks good. ever think of changing the h4 to a HID h4? im thinking bout doing that with mine..theres a few kits out that only cost bout 400 ldollars .

I wouldn't put hids in a headlight designed for halogen. You are going to create a lot of glare for oncoming drivers. Also with hid you can only do low or high beam.

grebnut
12-10-2004, 01:21 AM
"DOH!"
"BITE ME"
"GOT RICE?"

:rofl: :rofl: hahahah... thats creative man!

and i think thats pretty cool! cool that you made your own brackets and stuff to hold it in. good that you have more light too! later,

ben

Captain Bondo
12-10-2004, 01:52 AM
Pics must be deceiving then. Bottom two pics and the low beam pic look like somethings getting chopped and light is shining onto the valance. Maybe just glare from ambient and/or camera flash. Agreed on the HID thing 100%.

PWRPUFF
12-10-2004, 02:11 AM
... The only different is instead of using zip ties on the third screw, I used another L bracket.Hey, I was lazy, OK? :-P Looking good, though, and much more permanent than my setup.

Originally I was going to use the acrilyc box frames as covers. But since those tend to yellow just like the originals, I will cut out a 7" round hole in the box frames, mount them inside out and paint them black. They are just going to be space fillers around the headlights.
Alternatively, I suppose a really crappy stock lens could just be cut out too. I have considered doing such on my original yellow set, but timing has been bad for me these past few months. I'll prolly just end up putting back a subsequently purchase plastic set anyways, as my wagon goes to my uncle next week.

And you're welcome, and I'm glad it worked out. If there were any glitches in my writeup, though, let me know.

-- Kane ... who eventually, would like to have a sort of bolt-on adapter kit for such a conversion, both for 2-series and the later 7-series. I have some plans on CAD already ... just need to finish it out.

dl242gt
12-10-2004, 01:32 PM
I put 7 inch rounds in my turbo and really enjoy the better lighting. FYI, the 1978-1980 version of 7 inch rounds have a spacer under the mounting bracket along with longer bolts. These move the lights forward and make them shine on the road better along with being flush with the bezel and better looking, too. I couldn't tell if you used the spacers or not.

Enjoy the road,