Headlight conversion

Headlight conversion

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TVR 500 DAN

Original Poster:

219 posts

181 months

Monday 8th March 2010
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Hello all,

I have a '98' Chimaera 500 and i am interested in exploring the costs etc of a headlight conversion. Please can anyone help with the following:

1. Photographs of headlight converted Chimaeras
2. Give me an idea of the costs involved
3. Recommend someone / a company to carry out the work

Thanks in advance.

Dan


redbullrsc

42 posts

183 months

Monday 8th March 2010
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price wise you are looking between 1100-1400 to have the headlights converted this includes normally respraying the whole front end and removing stone chips from the front,

http://www.paulridley.co.uk/TVR%20Chimaera%20-%201...

The link is a converted chimaera

Send me a pm ill send you my web address so you ca have a look

spend

12,581 posts

254 months

Monday 8th March 2010
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Julian does most of the mouldings at:
http://www.damagedtvrs.co.uk/

peaktorque

1,807 posts

214 months

Monday 8th March 2010
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Not a great picture, but you get the idea.

Previous owner had it done.

It's the Type R conversion.

(ignore the blue thing wink )

ekim

233 posts

212 months

Monday 8th March 2010
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I had this done about 8 months ago, cost me about £400 for parts and about £600 to have it all fitted and the front sprayed


adycole

83 posts

200 months

Monday 8th March 2010
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Hi Dan,
i can highly recommend carizma at melton they are used by james agger

and did an excellent job of replacing my outriggers,they also do headlamp re moulds

take a look at there gallery section on there website carizma.co.uk

macdeb

8,538 posts

258 months

Monday 8th March 2010
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There are three different versions of it.
1 two large lights [dipped and main beam]
2 two large and one small [side light]
3 two large, one small and one inbetween size [indicator]

I went for the 2nd [2 large/1 small] which is called 'speed six' conversion, and looked just right.
OPTION ONE did mine in Bromsgrove Worc's. I did have a picture on my profile but seems I've lost the bugger. Will try and post another.

spend

12,581 posts

254 months

Monday 8th March 2010
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You forgot the speed 12 version, T350, last faired, and VW thingy.

Plenty of options. IIRC Julian was working on some twin hellas fared in that fitted the pod. There were a very few twin headlamp conversions that had lights fared in individually (I think Jason discontinued them very quickly - but Julian prob knows all about them?)

macdeb

8,538 posts

258 months

Monday 8th March 2010
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I think the four light version is called the speed twelve isn't it Dave. Oh, and I was only talking of the 3 versions of the 'frenched' in type as discussed.
For me the T350 option doesn't really suit the car as much as the Speed6/12 as there is already some 'frenching' for the indicator/dummy intake lower down at the front.

spend

12,581 posts

254 months

Monday 8th March 2010
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macdeb said:
I think the four light version is called the speed twelve isn't it Dave.
No that's the 'type R'. Speed 12 has sidelight incorporated in the main beam hella, and the 3rd pod is slightly larger for a Hella indicator wink

haircutmike

21,902 posts

207 months

Monday 8th March 2010
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You could go for the Lupo look, much in keeping with the original setup.

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a... headlights for Chim.



HCM.

madmax2010

1 posts

172 months

Tuesday 9th March 2010
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I had my light conversion done a bodyshop in kent it wasn't on a chimaera it was on a cerbera. From what i gather they are pretty similar though. I paid 1150 plus every ones favourite VAT and that came with a 12 month warranty

Send me a pm and i will send you a link to the companys web site

Max

tratti

7 posts

141 months

Saturday 6th July 2013
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Hi!

I have a Chimaera with the "Cerbera Speed 6 light conversion"...
buuut...i had an accident and now i Need the fibre parts and headlights!

does anybody know, where i can get those parts ?!

phazed

21,902 posts

207 months

chris1972

3,597 posts

140 months

Saturday 6th July 2013
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I really like the speed six conversion on the Chim, but it seems to receive a bit of a mixed response amongst other Chim owners. Does it de-value the car?

A900ss

3,256 posts

155 months

Saturday 6th July 2013
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I wouldn't have thought it devalued the car as such, just makes your potential sales base smaller.

I wouldn't buy a car with that conversion but each to their own.

I would only buy a standard car (maybe a lupo conversion) or one with the Mk3 conversion.

Zippee

13,519 posts

237 months

Saturday 6th July 2013
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A900ss said:
I wouldn't have thought it devalued the car as such, just makes your potential sales base smaller.

I wouldn't buy a car with that conversion but each to their own.

I would only buy a standard car (maybe a lupo conversion) or one with the Mk3 conversion.
I'd agree with all the above points. Personally I can't stand the Tuscan style conversion but then I know plenty who love it.

Armchair Vet

649 posts

142 months

Saturday 6th July 2013
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This is my Lupo conversion - done by engineer1949 - IMHO it is by far the most superior look + means you actually get a decent light output.



You can see here how it was done - http://tvrengineer.co.uk/tvr-upgrades/headlight-co...

If your interested in having him do yours - drop him a line

s p a c e m a n

10,861 posts

151 months

Saturday 6th July 2013
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A900ss said:
I wouldn't have thought it devalued the car as such, just makes your potential sales base smaller..
yes I walked away from a couple of cars that I would have otherwise bought and ended up just ignoring every one with them on whilst searching

RocketScience

6,084 posts

180 months

Saturday 6th July 2013
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I think the quads look superb!



(This fine 500 happens to be for sale at HHC)