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Old 05-11-2019, 06:28 AM   #1
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Default 12 volt head lights

i was afraid of installing halogen headlights in my 42 truck. will they draw to much current. i was looking for regular 12 volt headlamps ,but can,t seem to find any ! i don,t care for newer looking led ones, what do you guys use.
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:04 AM   #2
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Are you dealing with "sealed beam" or old style bulbs? Chap
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:09 AM   #3
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seal beams 7 inch round. all the ones i find are halogen. i switched to 12 volt .
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:15 AM   #4
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I have halogen in the model A with the stock 6 volt generator, 35 watt, no problems with keeping battery charged,
How many amps will your modified system make ---has the output been tested on the vehicle?

With the stock 6V system on a 42 I would be using 50 -60 watt halogens, it has over twice the charging capabilitys of the model A, stock should be 32 amps, though there are higher output generators as options

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Old 05-11-2019, 07:24 AM   #5
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I ran halogens on a 1950 willy’s that i switched to 12 volts never had any problems with stock charging system they worked great
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I just did a quick search and find lots of 6014 bulbs for sell. I'm I missing something here?
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:28 AM   #7
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i was told by a Buddy who installed 2 halogen seal beams on his 56 Chevrolet. that his lights would shut down by them self,like if they were over loading his wiring. he removed them and put back the old ones,everything went back to normal. i got new wiring bought from joe,s. and upgraded to a 12volt alternator. i will not be driving much at night if any .
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:33 AM   #8
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I just did a quick search and find lots of 6014 bulbs for sell. I'm I missing something here?
thanks i was only finding halogen ones napa or car quest could not find any non halogens sealbeams.
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:35 AM   #9
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The ones I am seeing are not listed as halogen. Speedway is one source https://www.speedwaymotors.com/12-Vo...ulb,35745.html
Better link

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Old 05-11-2019, 07:44 AM   #10
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i never bought from eBay ,theres a first for everthing !
thanks again brian.
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:59 AM   #11
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your friend who had the chevy probably had a bad headlight switch and the breaker probably opened up
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:19 AM   #12
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i never bought from eBay ,theres a first for everthing !
thanks again brian.
I added a direct Speedway link. https://www.speedwaymotors.com/12-Vo...ulb,35745.html
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If you are concerned you can always install a relay. Relays are cheap and easy to install.
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Old 05-11-2019, 01:21 PM   #14
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12 volt non-halogen sealed beams plug right in and work pretty well, if they are properly aimed.
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You can just buy APF halogen globes, pop straight in. I rewired mine with relay's [12v].
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Old 05-12-2019, 09:19 PM   #16
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I use a headlight relay from a 70's ford LTD /Thunderbird , its worked ok for the last 30 years, like stated above, the best way to go with the original headlight switch .
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I have fitted high power 6 Volt Halogen Semi-sealed headlights to my '41 Coupe and so have fitted a 6 volt, period correct relay to the headlight circuit. I now have headlights operating on 6 volts that are comparable to most modern headlights, and considerably better than standard 12 volt sealed beams.
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