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Old 05-02-2006, 07:10 AM   #1
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Default Headlight difference & preference: 32 vs. 33/34?

Hi guys.

Are 1932 Ford headlights the same diameter as the 1933 and 1934 headlights?
Will the later lights fit the stock 32 mounts? (Is that a 9/16" hole?)

The '32 lights are flatter, while the later lights have a deeper dish, right? Do the later lights look good on a 32 highboy?

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Old 05-02-2006, 07:27 AM   #2
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Default Re: Headlight difference & preference: 32 vs. 33/34?

Check out a pair of 33-34 Commercial headlights. Painted buckets and a much narrower stainless rim, same diameter ar '32 I believe.
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Old 05-02-2006, 07:38 AM   #3
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Default Re: Headlight difference & preference: 32 vs. 33/34?

1933 and 1934 Headlight also differ ...
The 34's are longer than the 33's

Sometimes you can buy stock 32 Stainless Steel headlights that have a few dents and scapes for cheap money ... and repair the buckets and then paint the buckets ... to get the commercial headlight " look " for less dough ...
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Old 05-02-2006, 07:42 AM   #4
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Default Re: Headlight difference & preference: 32 vs. 33/34?

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1933 and 1934 Headlight also differ ...
The 34's are longer than the 33's
I think the 33's are longer. They are definitely more bulbous. Less of a point at the back end, and look more like half a watermelon than half a football.
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Old 05-02-2006, 07:53 AM   #5
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Default Re: Headlight difference & preference: 32 vs. 33/34?

And the commercials are the shallowest of all, with a curve chosen to barely clear the reflector. The diameter difference between '32 and '33-4 is quite considerable. All the '33-4 ones use same ring and lens, I believe. If switching to '33-4 passenger, don't spend any money until you are sure they will clear your grill shell--I'm not at all sure they will.
Another interesting shape choice is '36 rim and lens on a truck shell--this produces a nearly spherical light!
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Old 05-02-2006, 08:48 AM   #6
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Default Re: Headlight difference & preference: 32 vs. 33/34?

I'm using 33-34 Ford commercial lights on my '32 tudor and they clear the stock grill just fine. I like the looks of the painted buckets and the shape better than the stock '32 lights.
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Old 05-02-2006, 01:29 PM   #7
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Biased opinion here, but 33-34 commercial lights down low and slightly forward of the grille give a sinister look, but again, it depends on the era you are shooting for. We were shooting for late 60's, early 70's hot rod, big Cad motor, mag-style wheels, big-n-little radials (gasp!), and louvers.

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Old 05-02-2006, 03:13 PM   #8
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Default Re: Headlight difference & preference: 32 vs. 33/34?


32 commercials for comparison.
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Old 05-02-2006, 04:16 PM   #9
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Default Re: Headlight difference & preference: 32 vs. 33/34?

32 car & 32-34 commerical take the same size lense they are held on different but will work. & i believe 33-34 lense is also the same ( im not home so i dont have any in front of me here) seems like maybe a different clip when mounting them? cant remember? alzheimers.
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Old 05-02-2006, 04:36 PM   #10
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Default Re: Headlight difference & preference: 32 vs. 33/34?

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Hi guys.

Are 1932 Ford headlights the same diameter as the 1933 and 1934 headlights?
Will the later lights fit the stock 32 mounts? (Is that a 9/16" hole?)

The '32 lights are flatter, while the later lights have a deeper dish, right? Do the later lights look good on a 32 highboy?

Thanks,

Matt
I got 28-29 model a lights on my 32 and i used a set on my 34 i had. I love em and the look but thats just me. I got to more sets of buckets i got on egay while they were cheap. Heres a link if ya wanna look at it.
http://home.comcast.net/~n8dc-8/hotrod0.html
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