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03-11-2003 03:22 AM
awsum34 The problem with the old lenes, is there cut wrong. Back in the 30's your weren't going that fast on dirt roads, and the lenes cut to through out the light. not aim the light, like it is with todays lighting. If you put sealed beams back behind the original lenes the double glass defuses the light.

With today's after market products you would think somebody would make new glass for the old headlights. So the glass could aim the light down the road instead of throughing the light.
03-08-2003 03:25 PM
trees Sifua, you have a 1936 what? I can help with Ford. Bob Drake offers a halogen conversion kit that works great and easy to install. I have been running them for years in a PU and a Coupe, both with the origional buckets and lens. The lights are bright enough, but the old lens have a poor dispersion pattern that can be irritating to on coming motorist. Go to and you can view the kit.

03-04-2003 08:46 AM
pasadenahotrod I'm guessing the Lafayette lights are dim beacuse the reflectors are dull and the new halogen bulb was placed in them "out of focus", or both. Believe it or not the light source in these old technology is positioned to be focused for the reflector to produce the most light. The original lens is not dimming anything unless it has started to change colors which should not have been a problem as late as 1937. If I wanted guess, I'd say your halogens are stuck into the reflector too far. If I remember correctly you should have fairly long headlamps which should allow you to make this adjustment.
03-03-2003 04:50 PM
Dave E Shank HEY SUF: I have a 1938 Lafayette street rod with bullet type external headlights. I bought a halogen bulb from Autozone and mounted it inside with very little effort. I replaced orginal bezel and lense over new bulb. Old lense cuts light down, because of thickness but I run with brights on all the time and no one flashes me, so it works out fine. Be creative and you will be okay. GOOD LUCK DAVE
03-02-2003 03:18 PM
FASTFORD check the ads in street rodder or rod&custom magazines. or the following venders:
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good luck with your project.
03-02-2003 02:48 PM

I want to change my 6 volt 1936 headlights to a more modern 12 volt sealed beam or halogin light. Are there any kits or directions on how to do it for a beginner? I want to keep the original look. So I'm interested in inserting the guts needed. Thanks

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