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Mounting jam pails (lights)

Anyone have this problem? I've just installed my repo '32 original head light pods unto the dropped headlight bar and notice that on the one side there is about 1/4" clearance between the headlight bar and the pod. On the other side the head light pod is touching the dropped part of the headlight bar when I place it in a straight line, as I did with the other one. I've checked the bar thinking that the bends were not at the same place or angle. But they're both the same. Checked the mounting area of the pods and on the bar. They seem to be okay. I switched the pods from right to left and it still hits. Is there any way I can get the required clearance on the one side? Maybe do some grinding or shimming of some sort to the socket part on the bar?

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Two pictures that show both sides, one with the problem as described. First time I've loaded pictures, so I hope they went with the reply.
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Okay, I finally took the headlight bar off the car and laid it on the bench. Man was I shocked. When the bar is placed on the bench the same as it was on the car, the mounting tab on one end was 1/2" off the bench, the other end was less than 1/4". Leaving the bar in this position, I placed bolts where the headlight pods would mount and found that one was at least tilted 10 degrees more in one direction than the other. I then used a sliding T bevel (carpenter tool) to measure the angle of the drop on one side and compared it to the other. There was a difference again, although it was a few degrees. This whole bar looks like it was welded in pieces, where they cast the ends (pads and part of the drop) and then weld it to the curved section in the center. Then they must grind it down to make it look decent and then proceed to polish it. It is certainly evident when you look closely at the bar. Since I bought the bar some time ago and not knowing who I bought it from I cannot voice a complaint let alone return it. And so my question is, "Who makes a dropped headlight bar for the '32 Ford that is made in the USA and is a lot more accurate than what I have now."? I assume that what I have is a repo from China.
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