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Installation instructions for LEX-19-EL Nose Conversion  


We have made the installation of this Super Sort Nose Conversion as easy as possible, yet, we do advise you read the entire instructions CAREFULLY. Take your time and use some craftsmanship.  The end results will be worth your effort!

Tools Needed: Wrench & Socket Set, Phillips Screwdriver, Drill & Drill Bit Set
Optional Tools: Wire Cutters, Crimpers, & Attachment Clips

Place both nose and fender extensions on the ground, as they will be installed on the vehicle.  Line up front extensions with nose so they align properly.  Drill three ¼” holes, (evenly, top to bottom), on both sides, from fender extension to nose.  Install grill by first removing sheet metal screws and tinnerman nuts.  Place grill in fascia opening and align as needed.  With pen or pencil mark pre-drilled grill holes onto fascia opening.  Remove grill and drill markings.  Do not reinstall grill.

Remove front bumper (4 bolts per bumper shock).  Remove both rubber filler sides attached to bottom of front fender (save the screws as they will be used to install your fascia).  It is also helpful to remove your battery for easier access to fascia side attachment points.  Remember bolt removal for reinstallation.

The next step is to convert your bumper for installation with fascia.  From center factory hole in bumper, measure out 29 inches and cut ends of bumper off.  Next step is to measure from center out again to 15 inches and mark.  From bottom of bumper, measure up 4 inches, for turn signal clearances (figure 1).  Lauren Engineering makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, that this product offers any protection what-so-ever, in the event of an accident or crash
Reinstall bumper loosely.

Place top radiator bracket on top of radiator support with 4 factory header panel bolts.  Remove headlight bezels and install your bulbs.  Reinstall headlights back into fascia and tape back into place.  The tape will be removed after fascia is fitted.

Place and attach side fender extensions onto nose.  Bend down header panel brackets located on top outside of radiator core support.  Pick fascia up from shroud opening and place upper lip over radiator top bracket (figure 2). Place fascia on vehicle as it will be installed.  From under vehicle, mark factory holes, with pen or pencil, on back of nose where rubber fillers used to attach to front fender.

At this time, check the nose fitting up against front fender.  If there are gaps, use a sanding block with 80 grit sandpaper and trim for  proper fit  For additional fitting, please refer to  “Special notes and Adjusting the Fit” attached.


Next, mark fascia for fender attachment. You will find three holes on the front of each fender where the header panel bolted to it.  Reach through with a pen or pencil, from the back side of the fender and mark on the back of your fascia.

Place 2” masking tape where fender extension insert hole must be drilled. Place fender extension against fender and attach to pre-drilled holes in the fascia, loosely.  Pull extension back far enough to mark insert hole with pen or pencil.  Do this by looking down from the top, and placing mark on tape where top center of insert lays.  Next, mark side of insert by sticking marker between extension and fender and mark side center of insert.  Remove fender extension and extend marks so they meet, for hole placement.  Drill ½” hole so insert head has room for adjustment.

Remove fascia from vehicle and drill all holes marked for fender attachment.  Reinstall fender extensions securely to fascia.  Install fascia to vehicle and attach sides of fascia with factory header panel bolts into sides of fenders and factory rubber filler side screws.

From back side of fender install ¼ x 20 x ½” hex bolt, large thick washer, large thin washer, and ½” small washer into fender extension.  Insert loosely.  Next, drill hole from extension tab into wheel-well and attach with ½” sheet metal screw and small washer.  Pull slightly out a back bottom of extension and install final ½” sheet metal screw and washer.  Repeat for the opposite side.

From inside hood area, lift fascia slightly and drill 1/8”  hole from fascia to top radiator bracket, 2” off center - both sides.  Close hood gently and notate hood placement with fascia.  Lift or push down to align fascia with hood.  A total of six  ¾” sheet metal screws and small washers will be installed in top bracket.  Re-open hood and bend back up steel header support brackets.  Drill and install ¼ x 20 x ¾” bolts after aligning top corner.

It is time to attach headlights.  With  3/8” and 5/16” wrenches, loosen L-brackets attached to headlight side brackets.  Install two ¼ x 20 x ¾” hex bolts, washers and lock-nuts from headlight side bracket to radiator core support.  (Holes are pre-drilled, and bolt to factory holes in radiator core support)..Once secured, push headlights as far forward into fascia headlight opening as possible, but do not tighten for adjustment reasons.

To install the grill, you must first position yourself between the radiator and bumper (be sure to take a drill and Phillips screw driver with you).  Once positioned, install grill with sheet metal screws and black tinnerman nuts behind for tightening.  If screws do not want to go all the way though, it is because the screws are hitting the headlight brackets.  In this case you must drill an additional hole through headlight bracket, and re-fasten grill.

When fascia is fully attached, adjusted and tightened,  it is time to reinstall wiring to headlights and turn signals.  Turn signals are factory replacement, the same as headlights from 1982 to 1987. On the 1978 and 1981 models some wiring modification must be made.  Place existing headlamp connector on outside headlamp.  With a wire connector, splice into the Green and Black wire and place it to second headlamp connector.  Plug into inside headlamp.  

Headlights are adjusted in or out, up or down, by using  spacer washers on outer headlight brackets, or by sliding inner headlight L-brackets in or out on top or bottom.  These steps are for major headlight adjustment.  Phillips screw adjusting, (for fine adjustments) are located on either side and bottom of bulbs.  Re-check all mounting points for tightening and adjust headlights.