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Old 07-29-2015, 11:42 PM   #1
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Default 12v Halogen Convertion Review

I am looking to upgrade my 1936 Ford Roadster with 12V halogen headlights. There are several different suppliers, Bob Drake, CW Moss plus others. The pictures from Bob Drake shows a different style refector than the other suppliers and they also claim that theres works better than the others. Does anyone have any reviews on this conversion and if the a Bob Drake kit is truly better than the other kits?
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Old 07-29-2015, 11:48 PM   #2
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Default Re: 12v Halogen Convertion Review

Best bet is to get bulbs with the 'American pre-focused' base as original bulbs have, and use original reflectors.
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Old 07-30-2015, 12:05 AM   #3
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I have the new Drake reflectors and halogen light kit in my 32 headlights. They are the best headlights ever, in my view.
I have a 45 amp alternator.
I have no idea what is available for the 36 stuff
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Old 07-31-2015, 11:12 AM   #4
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Default Re: 12v Halogen Convertion Review

As a general rule the halogen conversions do not work well with original lens.. The prizums in the lens are made for a pre-focused bulb, halogen bulbs are not pre-focused.
The halogen bulbs put out a lot of light, however, the light is not directed onto the road.
I found this out the hard way on my '39, ruined a perfect set of reflectors modifying then for the halogen bulb holders. Had to get another set of reflectors plated.
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Old 07-31-2015, 11:21 AM   #5
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Default Re: 12v Halogen Convertion Review

Don't know about the others, but I installed the Bob Drake conversion in our 36 Fordor. Made quite a difference, happy I did it.
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Old 07-31-2015, 12:03 PM   #6
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I am looking to upgrade my 1936 Ford Roadster with 12V halogen headlights. There are several different suppliers, Bob Drake, CW Moss plus others. The pictures from Bob Drake shows a different style refector than the other suppliers and they also claim that theres works better than the others. Does anyone have any reviews on this conversion and if the a Bob Drake kit is truly better than the other kits?
I got Drakes in my 36 pickup, I like them.
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Old 07-31-2015, 01:16 PM   #7
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I used Juliano's aerobrite on my 35, Not cheap but very bright!
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I think that the main point about how well halogen conversions work with original headlight lens, is what kind of road conditions the vehicle is driven on.
As I have stated in my earlier contribution to this topic, the halogen put out a lot of light, however, it is poor directed. In general city driving the halogens work well, however, on rural roads, with poor or no street lighting, it a whole different story.
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Old 08-01-2015, 11:45 AM   #9
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All great points! It will be interesting to see what comes out for LED lights. They are even brighter, but only emit light in a narrow frequency band of white light. This means that reflective colors from other objects may be harder to see at night. I know some of the new cars have them for headlights. Thanks for everyone's comments, your input has been helpful.

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Old 08-01-2015, 09:06 PM   #10
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I just rewired for some relays high and low put in the direct replacement APF halogen globes as Brian said, it's a lot of light! As mentioned perhaps not directed to well because of the lenses . I'm probably blinding people just on low beam .
I have a 12 volt alternator setup.
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