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Old 07-09-2008, 09:52 PM   #1
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Getting Rid of Pop Up Headlamps!

I have a 87 Accord LXi. I was driving at night with those damned gas sucking pop up headlamps. I checked my mileage when I filled up, I was losing 4 mpg with the head lights on. I realize some of it is electrical load but most of it had to be aerodynamic losses. So this is what I did, I got rid of them and put in 1996 Grand Prix lights topped off with lexan covers.
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Old 07-10-2008, 04:45 AM   #2
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did you replace your hood too. that actually looks pretty cool. very low profile and fairly stock looking
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:22 AM   #3
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I didn't replace the hood, I welded the pop up doors to the corners of the hood. I think it looks a lot better than the stock headlamps too.
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I didn't replace the hood, I welded the pop up doors to the corners of the hood. I think it looks a lot better than the stock headlamps too.
I agree, that looks nice. You did a nice job on the fender skirts as well. I'll bet it will be a really sharp looking car once you get it painted. My aunt had an 87 Accord, it was a nice little car until she gave it to her brother and he trashed it. He was messing around under the hood drunk one night, didn't latch it properly and when he took it out the next day the hood flew up and got bent backwards. The car took a progressive slide downhill after that.
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:48 AM   #5
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good job on the welding. really good job on the welding.

I have seen some work that people have done and that is really good. you took time on that. looking back at the picture, you can tell a little but I wouldn't have know if you hadn't told me. nice hood.
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Wow nice job!
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yes looks alot better than i expected while i was reading it.
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Thanks for the input!

It has more to do with not being scared to try something new. Especially when modding a vehicle for economy purposes.

This car was given to me not running. I now have a total of just under $750 invested in this car (most of it tires, fuel pump and main relay). But for that price and a few cheap mods and good gas mileage I can't complain. I realize some might think I am polishing a turd but even so I am getting 32.5 average mpg (so far).

Better yet, I am going to polish it with a gallon of Rustoleum when I am through. Why spend tons of money on a cheap mode of transportation? My plan is a descent looking car for under $1000. I think I can easily make it.
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Thanks for the input!

It has more to do with not being scared to try something new. Especially when modding a vehicle for economy purposes.

This car was given to me not running. I now have a total of just under $750 invested in this car (most of it tires, fuel pump and main relay). But for that price and a few cheap mods and good gas mileage I can't complain. I realize some might think I am polishing a turd but even so I am getting 32.5 average mpg (so far).

Better yet, I am going to polish it with a gallon of Rustoleum when I am through. Why spend tons of money on a cheap mode of transportation? My plan is a descent looking car for under $1000. I think I can easily make it.
Those mods look sharp, and if you're looking for cheap instead of painting it by hand, why not do the $200 Maaco paint job? I know they're not the best, but they are certainly better than anything I can do at home by hand, or with cans of spraypaint.

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