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Several threads here on headlight upgrades.

I opted for LED bulbs that drop right in to H4's. Sirius brand offers several choices. Retain the stock look with much better light output.

Look on Amazon for Sirius LED headlight bulbs. I think I spent around $100.
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Requisite warning about using drop-in HID/LED bulbs in H4 halogen housings causing lots of glare...
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I think I have the H5's they are so dim
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I think I have the H5's they are so dim
Upgrade to H4's is relatively cheap. A huge leap in utility and looks. Much better light and they look right.
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I installed a pair of Cibies I purchased from Daniel stern lighting.

Included the city light option which looks really cool at dusk. I also did the relay upgrade and ceramic sockets.

Daniel stern is a lighting pro.

I used to be a cibie dealer back in the 70s. Unfortunately they don't make the Z beams anymore.

I'll try and post a pic when I get to the office; on the train right now.
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I installed a pair of Cibies I purchased from Daniel stern lighting.

Included the city light option which looks really cool at dusk. I also did the relay upgrade and ceramic sockets.

Daniel stern is a lighting pro.

I used to be a cibie dealer back in the 70s. Unfortunately they don't make the Z beams anymore.

I'll try and post a pic when I get to the office; on the train right now.
Would love to see a photo
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Upgrade to H4's is relatively cheap. A huge leap in utility and looks. Much better light and they look right.
Dont I have to paint the new surround or does the old one fit?
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The H4 trim rings are different, you have to paint them to match. Other options are keep them black or get the chrome ones. I would paint to match.
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Yes. They come flat black or chrome if memory serves. The H5s look so tired in comparison. As others have mentioned you should do the relay upgrade at the same time. Great car. G-50. My favourite series
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Good evening queen, always choose what you like best. But one can't help but admire the beauty of H4's on these cars and John Audette's restorations.
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I used to be a Cibie dealer back in the 70s. Unfortunately they don't make the Z beams anymore.
There is a company that makes replica Cibie Z-Beams... I have seen them.
Great headlights. Had a pair on my SC.

You would mount them in 'sugar scoop' assemblies.
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I Do like the look of those H4's

Here is an update on the leather basket weave project.
I have created a few samples....any thoughts?
solid grey green vs white stipes vs alternating stripes/plaid



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Tried to do some patterns within the weave but that was a total fail...looked like someones kindergarten project
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So - I think I will be able to do the dash trim in the leather basketweave...any thoughts on how i would edge it? I was thinking of getting an older chrome trim kit so that I had something to inset the leather into....any one out there that has done a dash trim piece on a 3.2?
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I vote for the solid grey. The weaving looks so much better than last attempt. How did you cut them this time?
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Are you sure the center sections of the seats are sewn to the side bolsters on your '88? Both my '78 and '84 are not...
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They 7s and 8s x16... used but in great shape. Got them from the dealer that I bought the car from - in Houston.
The shady dealers remove the Fuchs from cars and put on cheap wheels then sell the Fuchs to make more money. He probably sold you the Fuchs that the car came with.

You are truly the queen! Great work! The car looks great! I'm a fan of the cars without the whale tail.
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So - I think I will be able to do the dash trim in the leather basketweave...any thoughts on how i would edge it? I was thinking of getting an older chrome trim kit so that I had something to inset the leather into....any one out there that has done a dash trim piece on a 3.2?
The early 69 cars had a dash channel that you can inlay. I've seen people try to just inlay fabric and the edges didn't look so great. My thought is to wrap a fabric/leather around some kind of card and glue. Then glue the whole assembly into the channel.

I'm going to attempt to make my own basketweave '68 door panels because no one makes them in any color but black and vinyl. The lace cutter I have is Neolithic in comparison to yours. How do you like it, works well, easy to use, accurate?
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If you want to redo the seats on your daily driver, you could do what I did and install a cheapo seat while you're working on it. . I used this one, just needed to make some simple mounts from flat aluminum. https://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-g1159-2?seid=srese1&cm_mmc=pla-google-_-shopping-_-srese1-_-summit-racing&gclid=Cj0KCQjwyZjKBRDuARIsAKWQRbjF-0e4KcmIYG3MUbWhEbfzOsZEHPSTyYaLU3V7BRjVFpj-24I5_6MaApaBEALw_wcB&ibanner=MobileSwitchNo

Its comfortable and works well in the car, but is already showing some wear but works fine as a temporary replacement. I'm going to use it as an office chair when I reinstall my repaired seat.
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I vote for the solid grey. The weaving looks so much better than last attempt. How did you cut them this time?
I used the tandy lace cutter gizmo (60.00 at tandy).
I found out that the soft "designer" leather is too stretchy and thin - it weaves great but is impossible to cut evenly due to the stretch under tension. So I switched to a thicker stiffer leather. I am still playing with the tension and tightness - too tight and it looks bunchy, too loose and it looks too casual.

Thanks for the input.
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