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Old 10-27-2015, 07:48 PM   #1
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How can I get brighter headlights & still keep the stock '34 look and keep my stock 6 volt system? Does anybody still re-silver the original reflectors?
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Old 10-27-2015, 07:50 PM   #2
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re-silver would be one approach, another would be to install relays (hidden from view). Improved or additional grounds would also help.
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Old 10-27-2015, 08:27 PM   #3
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I put direct fit halogen bulbs in my A, better than seal beams, the 35 watt bulbs are ok with the generator too
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Old 10-27-2015, 08:53 PM   #4
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Where can they be purchased?
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Old 10-28-2015, 06:27 AM   #5
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I got mine at Hershey about 15 years ago ---I stop and talk to Anthony most every year

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Old 10-28-2015, 06:59 AM   #6
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1. Better ground. 2. Relay 3. Refinish reflective surface 4. Halogen bulbs (I had to go to a 6v alt to power them)
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Old 10-28-2015, 07:00 PM   #7
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If you are concerned about the reflector, then they probably need to be "re-silvered". Actually the best performance is obtained from an electro-deposition of aluminum.
I do not believe in adding a relay to any of these old Fords that have the switch mounted at the end of the steering column. (Model A up to 39). Reason being is that switch has heavy duty contacts and wire and is in a direct path to the headlights. This setup is very efficient. What is a relay going to do here? On the later cars where the light switch is dash mounted than a relay makes sense.
If redoing the reflectors does not give you the desired results, the next step is halogen bulbs. This can open up a can of worms as the focal point may be changed and not provide good concentrated beam. In any event, do not use the easily available 6 V halogen bulbs as they usually are 50 watt or greater. Find the 35 watt bulbs. This may be hard to do but are available and not cheap. . 35 watt will allow you to use your existing generator.
Just my opinion I am a 6 Volt guy
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Old 10-28-2015, 07:41 PM   #8
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Thanks Floyd for your time & possible solution to my problem.
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Old 10-28-2015, 08:21 PM   #9
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My reflectors are not perfect, they are original ford that were resilvered 45 yearts ago, it's best to use cork gaskets, rubber gives off sulfer fumes that tarnish silver

http://www.gus-stories.org/august_1925.htm

http://www.gus-stories.org/august_1934.htm

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Old 10-28-2015, 09:58 PM   #10
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If you are concerned about the reflector, then they probably need to be "re-silvered". Actually the best performance is obtained from an electro-deposition of aluminum.
I do not believe in adding a relay to any of these old Fords that have the switch mounted at the end of the steering column. (Model A up to 39). Reason being is that switch has heavy duty contacts and wire and is in a direct path to the headlights. This setup is very efficient. What is a relay going to do here? On the later cars where the light switch is dash mounted than a relay makes sense.
If redoing the reflectors does not give you the desired results, the next step is halogen bulbs. This can open up a can of worms as the focal point may be changed and not provide good concentrated beam. In any event, do not use the easily available 6 V halogen bulbs as they usually are 50 watt or greater. Find the 35 watt bulbs. This may be hard to do but are available and not cheap. . 35 watt will allow you to use your existing generator.
Just my opinion I am a 6 Volt guy
My lights where appalling when I first got my 1934 . First I checked all grounds, then I focussed and aligned the lights , then I installed a relay and then I installed 6v 35 W halogen bulbs from Anthony. Each step improved the lights but the relay made the most difference (dramatically increasing the lights) followed by the halogen bulbs . Karl
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Old 11-04-2015, 07:44 PM   #11
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Thanks for this contact I just ordered a set of new halogen bulbs for my 36
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