Reader Question: Seeing Where You’re Going?

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Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!

Sean asks: I’m driving a 1985 Chevy Malibu as my daily driver. I love the car for many reasons including its bench seat and simple 5.0 V8 that I can work on but the headlights are terrible. I can barely see where I am going at night. Is there a way to improve this?

My reply: Yes! The easiest way – and I’m surprised you’ve not already done so – is by replacing the factory sealed beam headlights with halogen lights. This is a bolt in – or rather, plug in – direct swap that requires no modifications to anything and can be done for about $25 per headlight. The difference is significant, too.

The next thing you can do is a bit more involved, but also very doable. It is to replace the factory lights with modern LED lights. This may involve some modifications to the system and you may need a higher-output alternator to handle the additional load on the system. Kits – here’s a sample – are readily available.

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