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Old 06-13-2019, 12:03 PM   #1
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Default Ole 6 volt headlights in a 12 volt system

I have an old ford that has been converted to 12 volt and would like to use some very old headlights that were/are 6 volt. I can get the original bulbs and wondered if someone makes a 12 to 6 volt reducer that I could install for this purpose? I also wondered if anyone is aware of a company that can do minor repairs on these old bucket type headlamps as one lamp has a few brackets missing. I believe they may have been from a 1928 Hudson. The lenses are marked “Parabeam headlamp” and they are 10 inches in diameter. Any info, ideas or information are greatly appreciated, thanks
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:22 PM   #2
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Give Ron Frances a call and see if they can help you. Pretty sure they will know the answer.
https://www.ronfrancis.com/contactus.asp

Are you a member of the Hudson Terraplane Club? Bet they can help you also.
https://www.hetclub.org/
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:36 PM   #3
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Put the 2 new lights in series. Only problem
is when one go's out both are out. Carry
spares. G.M.
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Old 06-13-2019, 02:54 PM   #4
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What's the number of the original bulb??


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Old 06-13-2019, 02:56 PM   #5
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The hightec version of converting 12v to 6v with small losses would be a Switched buck converter...lowtec version a big resistor burning of as much energy as the bulb itself.
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Old 06-13-2019, 05:25 PM   #6
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look at www.classicandvintagebulbs.com
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:51 PM   #7
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Thank you all for the great information. I appreciate your responses.
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Old 06-19-2019, 05:36 PM   #8
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Sorry for the delayed response. The bulbs that I have are marked as follows:

Westinghouse 1000
5BRP11 32 & 32c. 6-8 V
1927, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Lincoln/Hudson NOS
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Old 06-19-2019, 05:58 PM   #9
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The 12V replacement for the 1000 is 1124.
there are some on Epay https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Box-of-...4AAOxy~iJQ9XpZ


https://www.ebay.com/itm/GE-1124-aut...oAAOSwa29byzQQ


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Old 06-20-2019, 06:49 AM   #10
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Thanks Bob that seems to be the simplest path to take
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