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Old 19-08-21, 02:34 PM
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Hello,
I've finally got my Beaufighter running, and am about to take it for an MOT.
One fault I found was a main beam headlight bulb has blown.
Anyone know a common replacement? I couldn't find it listed in usual places.
It's the outer bulb with dip and main beam.

Thanks for any reply.
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Old 19-08-21, 03:20 PM
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The bulbs usually have type number stamped into the mounting flange. H3, H7 etc.
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Old 20-08-21, 03:46 PM
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Hello,
Thanks for reply.
Just been to my local Halfords and bought the right bulb - H4.
So easy.
I'd read somewhere the headlights were hard to find, so was thinking everything would be difficult to find.
Next step is take for an MOT, and hope the guys in a good mood or feeling a bit absent-minded.
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Old 21-08-21, 04:41 AM
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Oliver the early 412 headlights are very hard to come by , off a German Opel. The few that seem to be available seem to be left hand drive lenses. They are made by Bosch therefore globes are easily found. Your later car has different lights which may or may not be easily found. I think it would be an idea to do some searching. The tail lights are impossible to find but a guy in Melbourne is reproducing them in very limited numbers.I have putchased a set as insurance.
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Old 02-09-21, 10:44 AM
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I understand that the Beaufighter twinned light units are from a Pontiac, some early 80s model of Firebird or TransAm I think. That's according to the BOC chairman, whose 412 was fitted with a Beaufighter front end after an accident a couple of years ago. I am not sure how easy they are to find in RHD fitting, but probably still easier than any RHD Opel Diplomat lights used on the original 412.
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Old 03-09-21, 07:19 PM
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Yes, managed to replace bulb in "Cibie" headlight. However it falls back into wing. The bracket holding lights needs taking out to replace & screws holding it in place are locked solid. I'm trying to think up some method of fixing light back without drilling out old screws.
Just another job that should be so easy, but takes forever.
I've just replaced the fuel pump, which was near impossible to slot in engine past steering-box.
One day this car will be running nicely.
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Old 17-09-21, 10:03 PM
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I realised, after messing about trying to access headlight from the front, that there's a panel above on inner wing that pulls out giving loads of access to area around fan + lights.
If only there was a Haynes manual!
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