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> Options For Headlight/turn Signal/grille Replacement On An '88?
post Jan 9 2021, 03:48 PM
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Hello, new user here and proud owner of a 1988 Volvo 245. I'm a bit of a newbie at working on cars, so please bear with me if I get any of the terminology wrong

I recently ran into a deer, which took out the entire front of my car: grille, both headlights and their assemblies, and turn signal lights. The only thing I've got left is one turn signal hanging from its electrical cables -- and I was able to salvage one lens cover. Luckily, I was alright, and even my radiator seems to have escaped unscathed. But now I need to replace all of this and I am wondering what my options are.

I know that I could go with the manufacturer parts, and I've even found a couple of used headlamp assemblies on ebay (such as this one), but I'm curious about other options, for two reasons: 1) cost (I'm kind of broke) ; and 2) the old headlights were pretty dim, and I'd already been thinking I needed to do something about them -- they were probably part of the reason I didn't see those deer earlier! -- so I am thinking that there's got to be options for better headlights... LED lights, for example.

But when I search carid.com, or any other online parts store for headlights that fit my '88, I get absolutely nothing (although there are plenty of options for pre-'85 and post-'90 lights). I do get "universal" retrofit projectors such as this one, but I'm not sure how or where they would fit.

I have a mechanic who says he can bolt anything that will fit into the headlight housing through the top of it, but I wanted to get another opinion on that... And, I am curious whether such a modification would pass inspections (in the state of Texas).

My mechanic also says he can build me a grille out of perforated metal...!

Thanks in advance for your time and your help!
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