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Offline kiphartzell

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71 Cuda Headlight bezel screw retainer
« on: July 15, 2016 - 06:24:27 pm »
As best as I can tell, there should be a cap style retainer that goes over the plastic abs shaft on the backside of the grill to provide a place for the headlight bezel screw threads to insert.   What is this nut/retainer called and who might have these?   I think they are the same/similar type of retainer that is found inside the center console lid to hold some of the screws.   They are stamped metal and clip on around the outside of the shaft so you don't need a tool to hold them when putting the screw in.

I currently have stamped speed nuts holding my headlight bezels on, but there is no way to remove/install the headlight rings without taking the whole grill off because these nuts just fall off.  I would like to install the proper retainer so I can change headlights without removing off the whole grill ;-(

Adding a picture from another thread that shows the retainers on the headlight bezel plastic studs (backside of grill).
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Offline kiphartzell

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Re: 71 Cuda Headlight bezel screw retainer
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2016 - 07:56:47 pm »
Another picture of the type of retainer I am referring to;

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Re: 71 Cuda Headlight bezel screw retainer
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2016 - 01:25:22 am »
I don't use it but likely Mc Master Carr Catalog will have something like this that'll work.

http://www.mcmaster.com/
Mike, Fremont, CA.



Offline kiphartzell

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Re: 71 Cuda Headlight bezel screw retainer
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2016 - 04:44:25 pm »
Thanks, I can try there.   I did look through my Au-Ve-Co fastener catalog, but found nothing like this.  Just cut-thread stamped speed nuts that are used elsewhere on the E-Bodies.

I am beginning to thing I may just have the wrong screws for the headlight bezels?!?  The screw head needs to be fairly small to fit in the channel properly.   Does anyone know how these bezels are supposed to be attached.   Is it just the screw threads contained within the plastic "tubes" of the grill that holds these things on, or is a retainer like I am seeking needed?

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Re: 71 Cuda Headlight bezel screw retainer
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2016 - 07:55:32 pm »
Nothing at http://www.mcmaster.com/.  I found a couple of more better pictures of the OEM fastener/retainer I am seeking.  They are circled in red;

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Re: 71 Cuda Headlight bezel screw retainer
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2016 - 08:08:37 pm »
Interestingly, I came across this and have ordered a set to see if they will work for the headlight bezels on 1971 Cuda Grill.   This is a 1971-72 Sharktooth Grill Park Lamp Hardware Set for a 340 Duster/Twister made by OER, PN# MA4743 - .   Not sure of the diameter of the retainer, but worth a shot since they are Mopar, 1971 vintage, and for a grill type application (though A-Body).   You would think Chrysler would reuse retainers across different platforms??

BTW, since these retainers are not supplied with the Repro 71 grills and are also not included in the grill hardware kits that different vendors sell, what do other people do?

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Re: 71 Cuda Headlight bezel screw retainer
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2016 - 05:17:13 pm »
I have some used ones if those new ones don't work out, PM or E-Mail me

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Re: 71 Cuda Headlight bezel screw retainer
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2017 - 01:58:55 pm »
I know this is an old , but I ran into this problem too. What did you end up using?