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Put a corvette headlight motor together - 1985 Chevrolet Corvette

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I wrote a guide on the Corvette Forum for replacing the headlight gear, which involves taking the headlight motor apart and putting it back together:

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c4-tech-performance/3194251-84-87-headlight-gear-replacement.html

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