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Old 02-23-2014, 11:46 PM
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I have a question for all the metal bashers. I have a '40 Chev (similar to the attached photo), but want to do the headlights the way they are done on this car. I know that the lights have been moved down so that they are level with the top of the fender and new buckets installed, but what did he use for the surround shape? To make them from scratch would be a chore and so wonder if there is anything that might do the trick (old teardrop buckets)? The trim rings look like they are Hagan or Autoloc? Any info. you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
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It looks to me like they fabricated the buckets from flat sheet and rolled the front lip probably working it with a hammer and rolling it over. The surround looks like it was also made from flat stock. Things like this aren't so terrible to fabricate if you make a template out of cardboard first.

The surround is a basic cone shape with the center missing. Get a piece of cardboard and cut and form it to the shape you want. Now use this as the template on the flat sheet of steel.
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This is one way.
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fold a piece of sheet over a 6-8" black iron pipe to make the curve then finish as needed
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Isn't this just a 40 chevy headlight with Hagan french kit?

If so, very easy to put in. I have done several.
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i think your right 33willy . cant tell if they dropped the bucket but it is a hagen kit .
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It is a Hagan kit, but definitely the head light pod has been lowered even as much as 2". I compared it to mine and the difference is fairly obvious.
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i have frenched them before. you can cut out the fender and drop the bucket down and weld it in . i have also dont 37 ford lights in a 39 .
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Either cut the fender and drop the bucket, or cut the bucket down. Get the same effect.
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Agree. It is a Hagen kit. I rather like the headlights lowered but not a real big fan of the Hagen kit. It seems a little big and gawky to me......One man's opinion only.

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Here is how one man did it.
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