Installation instructions for
LEX-19-C-EL Nose Conversion
We have made the installation of this Nose Conversion as easy as
possible, yet, we do advise you read the entire instruction
CAREFULLY. Take your time and use some craftsmanship. The end
results will be worth your effort!
We start by removing the pigtails from your side marker lights,
turn signals, running lights and headlights. Once removed you will
begin by removing the front bumper, (4 bolts per bumper shock).
Remove rubber filler on lower side fenders. Next, remove your
header panel. This consists of 4 to 6 bolts on top of radiator core
support: 2 behind the grill, and 2 behind headlight beauty rings
per fender. It is also helpful to remove the battery for easier
access to fascia side attachment points.
For protection in front of the vehicle, you may use a piece of
tubular steel that measures 2” x 4” x 56”. The reinforcement will
fit under the nose if it is attached to the bottom bumper shock
holes only, (2 bolts per side). See 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
To install it is best to drill out the four dimples on top side of
the nose, large enough for adjustment. These holes will match the
factory holes on top of radiator core support. Look for the holes
in the front fender where your header panel was attached. Your nose
will have indents and should be drilled out (large enough for
adjustment) for attachment to front fender.
Place the nose onto your El Camino, making sure the side fender
tabs are inside the front of the front wheel well. Install the 4
top radiator core bolts that were drilled in step 1. From inside
the fender check to confirm that these holes line up to holes
drilled in the nose, (if not mark with a pen or pencil for
At this time, check the nose fitting up against front fender and
hood. If nose is too low you may shim with spacer washer between
radiator core and nose, Figure 2. If too high, trim from bottom of
the nose or adjust hood. If there are gaps, use a sanding block
with 80 grit sand paper and trim for proper fit. For additional
fitting please refer to “Special Notes and Adjusting the Fit.”
Once the nose is adjusted and fitted install 1/4 x 20 x 1” Hex
bolt, 1/4” and 3/8” washer and lock nuts on top and bottom fender
attachment points. Install 1/4 x 20 x 1 1/2” hex bolt, 1/4”
washer and lock nut for radiator core attachment. Drill and install
two 3/4” sheet metal screws and small washers inside front of front
wheel well, both sides.
Now it’s time to attach headlights. With a 3/8“ and 5/16” wrench
and socket, loosen L-brackets attached to headlight side
brackets. Install loosely two - 1/4 x 20 x 1” hex bolts,
washers and lock nuts from headlight side bracket to radiator core
support, (note: side brackets will slide up and down for
Headlights are adjusted in or out, up or down by spacer washers on
outer headlight brackets, or sliding inner headlight L-brackets in
or out on top or bottom. These steps are for major headlight
adjustments. The Phillips screw adjusting (for fine adjustments)
are located on either side and bottom of bulbs.
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 the headlights for the 1982 to
1987. On the 1978 to 1981 models, some wiring modifications must be
made. Place existing headlights on outside headlight. With a wire
connector, splice into the Green and Black wires and place it to a
second headlight connector. Plug into inside headlight.
Recheck all mounting points for tightening, and adjust headlights.
We have found it helpful to silicone all attachment points to
insure vibration will not loosen attachment points and