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Old 02-27-2013, 01:08 PM
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Frenching headlight questions

We are building a 1940 chevy pick up and were think about frenching the headlights is there a "kit" that would work in the original buckets or does anyone make a trim ring that fits the original buckets?
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There is a company that makes kits for both front and back lights, but I will be damn if I can think of the name, I can see their ad in street rodder, two page.I bet if you called up french lights on the net their name would come up.

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yea i have found some kits were it comes with the buckets and what not but i was hoping for like trim rings that would match up nice to mine but i searched google and i can't even find any pcitures of headlights like mine that are frenched ... is the name autoloc?
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Ok, I know you didn't ask for it but here is an opinion.

The reason you don't find anything is those aren't the type of lights usually frenched. Where is the light going to go, tucked inside? The rim would have to be exactly for that application, no generic type rim would work. It's that or you do some serious fab work and make rims that are welded where those are and then you have a ring around the light only kinda like the one on the right in this photo.




The common ones used were the 54 Mercury, this is a stock car below.



My question is are you going to leave the stock grille and everything? How much will the frenched headlamp change the front end? Is it just to be "different" or will it improve the looks of the truck?

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frenched head lights

The company your looking for is Hagan street rods .They make these in plain or chrome rings, A lot better fit than Chinese made Auto-loc.
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I don't see any that fit that truck. And what they are calling "frenching" isn't frenching to me, it simply looks like a different trim ring than original, what I am missing there?





This head lamp systems fits the following:
cars- Buick 36,39
cars- Chevy 39,40
cars- Chrysler 36
cars- Dodge 35,36,39
cars- Pontiac 34,37,38,39
cars- Olds 34,35,36,38,39
cars- Plymouth35,36,37,38
cars- Stude 35,36
cars- Nash/Layfette 37

trucks- Chevy 41,42,46,47
trucks-
trucks-

How is this "Frenching", you are simply changing the original headlamp ring for another one, that isn't "frenching" the light.
How to: http://www.haganauto.com/v/vspfiles/...structions.pdf

It comes in from the rear? Won't work on these 1940 Chevy pickup lights.



I just don't get this???

Brian

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I don't see any that fit that truck. And what they are calling "frenching" isn't frenching to me, it simply looks like a different trim ring than original, what I am missing there?





This head lamp systems fits the following:
cars- Buick 36,39
cars- Chevy 39,40
cars- Chrysler 36
cars- Dodge 35,36,39
cars- Pontiac 34,37,38,39
cars- Olds 34,35,36,38,39
cars- Plymouth35,36,37,38
cars- Stude 35,36
cars- Nash/Layfette 37

trucks- Chevy 41,42,46,47
trucks-
trucks-

How is this "Frenching", you are simply changing the original headlamp ring for another one, that isn't "frenching" the light.
How to: http://www.haganauto.com/v/vspfiles/...structions.pdf

It comes in from the rear? Won't work on these 1940 Chevy pickup lights.



I just don't get this???

Brian
When I did the Merc, I mounted the headlight bucket from the rear. Then modified a '54 ford/merc headlight rim and molded it to the fender. Personally I am not a fan of the kits. They look a little gaudy to me.

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When I did the Merc, I mounted the headlight bucket from the rear. Then modified a '54 ford/merc headlight rim and molded it to the fender. Personally I am not a fan of the kits. They look a little gaudy to me.


Those are real "Frenched" headlamps!

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FYI the name of the outfit I was thinking of was Halo.

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yea i wanted to get that look like on your merc but after looking at it more i would have to do the molding and paint with the headlights in cause i dont have access from the rear then if a light ever when out i would have to cut them back open ... or just make 2 set one for back up if the lights went out
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yea i wanted to get that look like on your merc but after looking at it more i would have to do the molding and paint with the headlights in cause i dont have access from the rear then if a light ever when out i would have to cut them back open ... or just make 2 set one for back up if the lights went out
I don't understand why you would not have access to the rear. In the worst case senario you have to remove the wheel. In the best case senario you can get away with turning the wheel to gain access to the rear of the headlight opening.

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Hmmmmm, John, pissssss, John. He's working with a 40 Chevy pickup like this.

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Hmmmmm, John, pissssss, John. He's working with a 40 Chevy pickup like this.

Brian

LOL. Woops. My bad. Did not realize what he was building Oh well. Those headlights look just right as they are. ......... And DON'T BE MAKING FUN OF ME. Who says I'm yelling.

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LOL. Woops. My bad. Did not realize what he was building Oh well. Those headlights look just right as they are. ......... And DON'T BE MAKING FUN OF ME. Who says I'm yelling.

John L
I agree with you to leave them, it's a neat truck, no need to change only that. A full custom, that's different.

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well we have already done some work to the box and frenched the tail lights also we plan on make smooth running boards we did the mustang 2 frontend and a 4 link out back so its a little to late for that lol
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