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Old 09-15-2021, 10:17 PM   #1
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Default 1935-36 headlight differences

From previous posts I understand that headlight bucket for 1935 & 36 passenger cars and some pickups are the same apart from mounting studs, so then the diameter where the glass retaining ring fits is the same.
I see that the stainless steel band that mounts the glass is quite different, and the 35 glass is a lot flatter, but is the glass diameter the same, where it fits the band?
I have a 1936 5 window coupe and am looking at fitting 7" sealed beam lights. I have seen these fitted directly to trim rings, are these factory or aftermarket?
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Old 09-15-2021, 10:49 PM   #2
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1935 Ford V8 Headlights.
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1936 Ford V8 Headlights.
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Old 09-15-2021, 11:17 PM   #4
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Those sealed beam conversions were standard equipment on about '41 big trucks, which used the same h'lite buckets as 35-36 passenger cars.
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They would take a bit of finding now, I guess. Some guys are putting sealed beams behind original fluted lenses, but that does not seem a good thing to me.
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I think most of the info you're after is in this old thread:

https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=224322


Believe I still have a high quality NOS sealed beam conversion for 1935-36.
I'll see if I can find it if you might be interested.
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Old 09-16-2021, 06:30 PM   #7
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Hi Randy,
I have a Bob Drake reflector kit, but apparently they don't focus well, so the sealed beam route seems better.
I am interested in what your kit is like, the conversion has to look good, so otherwise I might be able to take Brian's suggestion and see if I can find some big trick trim rings, the rest is available.
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It is possible to get quartz halogen bulbs that fit the original reflectors. I've run them for years, means you can use your original bulging 36 h'lite lenses
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Hi Randy,
I have a Bob Drake reflector kit, but apparently they don't focus well, so the sealed beam route seems better.
I am interested in what your kit is like, the conversion has to look good, so otherwise I might be able to take Brian's suggestion and see if I can find some big trick trim rings, the rest is available.
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I had a look at the conversion kit I have today. Can't post pictures - in the process of moving to a new computer and need an adapter to upload to the new one. Here's a scan of the original instruction sheet that came with the kit. Hard to guess how well it would look without actually putting things together - my guess is that it would look fairly good with a bezel from 1935 car or the later trucks. 1936 bezels are so much wider it's hard to say. I assume that the spring assemblies in the kit are to allow adjustment to make up for the different bezels. This kit is specifically stated to be for 1935 & 1936 Ford.

Probably should have done this by Private Messaging. Have a look, see how you make out alternately and let me know if you might be interested in these.

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Old 09-18-2021, 11:58 PM   #10
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36 Buckets and the hollow bolts go to at least 38 trucks. The bucket bolts are hard to find.
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Old 09-20-2021, 12:14 AM   #11
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Hi Randy,

That's a real piece of history you have there, I have seen a few cars with this type of kit.

I think you are right about the 36 bezels, I have been looking at options and I can get repo big truck bezels that fit 7" halogen or sealed beam lamps without needing an adaptor space ring. The rest of the bits are standard parts that I can buy locally in New Zealand, so thanks for your help Randy and thanks Brian for the hot tip about the big truck bezels.
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