Fog Light Pods

posted Apr 29, 2015, 7:06 PM by Jonathan Imberi   [ updated Apr 29, 2015, 7:08 PM ]
It has been beautiful here the last two nights and I have made sure I was out in the garage taking advantage of it. I have been cleaning up a bit, and by cleaning I mean going through KITT's parts. Tonight though I decided to work on the fog light pods. I have been wondering just how to approach cutting off the pods from the Camaro headlight mounting panel. I am thankful that I have a broken one to experiment with.

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I removed the remaining light in the broken pod. The light is held in by a spring on the bottom and an adjustment screw on the top. Once the spring is unhooked from the bottom, the light can be tipped up and slid out of the adjustment screw.

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Here is the light. You can see the slotted opening where the adjustment screw holds the top portion of the light. This slotted area is angled forward so the bottom of the light has to be tipped up in order to remove it from the adjustment screw.

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I applied some blue painter's tape for the sole purpose of illustrating where I need to cut. I will follow the top edge of the light pod straight through the mounting bar. I decided to try a hacksaw just to see how hard it would be to cut.

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The plastic cut extremely easy, and aside from securing it in a clamp or having a second person help hold, this will be the method I will use to remove the pods. I had cut through the plastic in about thirty seconds with minimal effort.

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Here is what the pod looks like removed.

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As I was going through parts in the garage, I pulled out the two hush panels that cover up the underside of the dash. It was my intention originally to try to clean and reuse the foam pieces. Upon closer examination I decided it is not worth the effort because the foam is so deteriorated.

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Here is the passenger side hush panel. This picture is for reference to show where the foam was.

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Here is the driver side hush panel. This picture is for reference to show where the foam was.

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The passenger side hush panel with foam removed, and sprayed off with water to remove some of the dirt.

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The driver side hush panel with foam removed, and sprayed off with water to remove some of the dirt.

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I intend to replace the original foam on the backside of these panels with more of the sound deadening mat and foam I used on the interior of the vehicle.