Does the big spring go in first, the reflector goes in next then the glass, then the crome ring. My glass still rattles. Any ideas?
Rick- your description does not mention the headlight door gasket (rope). Did you install it?
Correct, but don't forget the rope as mentioned. Then you can install your NICKEL headlight rim.
The glass lens must be tight to the headlamp rim. Carefully set the 'fingers' of the tabs inside the rim, then bend ever so gently so to 'lock' the Ford H lens to the rim. Careful not to crack the lens. The lens should be firm and not rattle much if any.
Then glue the cotton cord to the reflector. Just a bit of glue needed, use weatherstrip adhesive. RTV is OK, but let it air-off the silicone as locked inside the lamp, that gas off could tarnish the silver plated reflector.
The spring is placed with the tangs out, that forces the reflector when its back inside the bucket to put some tension on the lens too, reflector face , cotton cord between, glass lens.
You guys are great! Has anyone had a problem with the lines in the glass after being locked in place being totally vertical.
Should be vertical.
The Ford 'H' lens has 'top' on the upper edge of one side. That lines up with the 4 tangs, and when twisted in place, will align the lens.
If the rim isn't 'locked' in place correctly on the bucket, then the lens could off center, that is the giveaway look of a headlamp rim and lens about to be lost on the road
Only other thought is worn bucket slots that hold the lens rivet tangs. Or the bucket is offset somehow. Your T is a '26, are the headlamp buckets mounted directly to the fender or the later style mounted to the bar across the fenders?
That's the only thing it can be. I`m about ready to drive this 27 touring I`ve built from parts.
Here is a useful thread for you:
When you install the cord gasket between the reflector groove and the lens, align the space between the two rope ends, towards the bottom so that, if any water gets in, it will have a way to drain out. Jim Patrick