October 16, 2015 – Installing the Headlights
Tim Allen used to talk about the car bra in his comedy act. “Hey, if you’ve got a nice set of headlights, you want to support ’em, right?!?” That’s something I haven’t thought about in years, that car bras were a thing. I’ve always thought of headlights as being more like the eyes of the car and not car boobs, otherwise you’ve got a freak of nature…all boobs no eyes, but I digress.
Designers realized early on that they were crafting faces on the front of cars. The headlights are an important part of making the face effect come alive, without them, the car looks like it’s got two black eyes. That’s how the Mustang looked to me until today.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been slowly putting in some of the wiring harness, and once I finished up the under-hood section, I could actually install the headlights (and the headlight buckets, and the headlight doors)…so I did.
At one point I’d considered reusing the old wiring harness, as you may recall, but I’m really glad I didn’t. The old harness would’ve looked trashy when surrounded by a restored car, and for the low cost of replacement, it’s hardly worth it to try to reuse the old one. Now that I’ve installed them, I can say for sure that Alloy Metal Products makes great concours-quality copies of the original harnesses, they’re a significant upgrade from the discount brand for not-much-more. Electricity is not the place to cheapen out.
Bit by bit the Mustang is becoming more and more a real car, or at least looking like one. Now if only I could finish dressing the engine…
Just a reminder: this post continues the recent series of back-logged posts which are intended to bring readers up-to-date on the restoration progress.