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I bought an '83 280zx Turbo off a guy a few blocks from my house and fell in love with it. Unfortunately, it's in pretty bad shape (body rust everywhere, thanks to being a Florida car). I've never been a gear head, but I'm a pretty quick learner, and done enough Mechanical engineering getting my aerospace degree to do basic work myself. I've handled a clutch issue (replaced the master/slave cylinders), an ebrake issue (wasn't engaging, just needed tightening on the cable), leaky seals, and a few other issues, but I am stumped by the headlights.

How do you remove/replace them? I bought the car with crappy aftermarket covers, which when I unbolted, revealed two adjustment screws. I can see two smaller screws that look like they hold a metal ring in place, but they're covered by the body. I tried to take the entire assembly off, but after removing the bolts that attach it to the frame, it looks like it's still held on by the front fender (quarter panel?). I can't find anything else to loosen. Am I really going to have to take the entire side of the car off just to change to some halogens?

I haven't picked up a Haynes manual yet, and I'd kind of like to be able to see when I drive at night, so any help would be appreciated.
 

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lol i had the same problem to but i bought some hid lamps with the bulb but its kinda ez to put back in but all you got to do is put the lamps back in the ring thing and screw back in to place i dont no if it makes any scene but yah
 

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I might just be tired, but I didn't understand a word you just said.

So there are two screws, at about 12 o'clock and about 3. There is a depression in the headlamp housing that allows you to unscrew them, but it appears that they just adjust the angle of the headlight. There are three smaller screws that let you move the silver ring, but I can't get to them. I haven't removed the lamp that was in the car, and I can't figure out how to get it out. Could you be a bit more specific?
 
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