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Old 02-07-2007, 08:07 PM   #1
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Default Guide 903 J headlamps

I picked up a set of Guide headlamps a little while ago. They have 903 J stamped on the label on top. They're painted black with stainless trim rings. What cars came equiped with these? The guy restored Model A's but I don't think that's where they're from.
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Old 02-07-2007, 08:28 PM   #2
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Default Re: Guide 903 J headlamps

I bought a stock model a a couple a few months ago and it had 903J's on it. I figured they were stock.
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Old 02-08-2007, 06:24 AM   #3
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Default Re: Guide 903 J headlamps

They're not an original Model A headlight...They're aftermarket replacements.

Savvy drivers, even back then, used the hottest things for their cars. The sealed beam headlight conversion is one of these innovations.

I've got a set of 903 J Guide lamps in 'da collection. I got them 29 years ago at a swap meet. They were a replacement set of headlights for early cars, like Model A's and Chevy's. But mine have a flexible conduit for the headlight wiring just like the Model A's have.

The sealed beam, as we know it, first came out in 1940. It made seeing ahead a lot easier. The original reflectors with the silvered surface weren't much. Especially after the reflector got tarnished.

Adapters were made to fit a Sealed beam into the original headlight "bucket". And manufacturors like Guide division of General Motors made lamps like the 903 J.

Today we have aftermarket Sealed beams that take a H-3 Halogen bulb insert. I'll probably fit a pair of these to one of my Model A's.

Those Big ugly Guides and B-L-C's (withthe marker lights) we used to throw away when we were restoring Model A's...and replacing them with stock buckets. Now you need a week's pay to buy a pair on E Bay...
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Old 02-08-2007, 08:56 AM   #4
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Default Re: Guide 903 J headlamps

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They're not an original Model A headlight...They're aftermarket replacements.

Savvy drivers, even back then, used the hottest things for their cars. The sealed beam headlight conversion is one of these innovations.

I've got a set of 903 J Guide lamps in 'da collection. I got them 29 years ago at a swap meet. They were a replacement set of headlights for early cars, like Model A's and Chevy's. But mine have a flexible conduit for the headlight wiring just like the Model A's have.

The sealed beam, as we know it, first came out in 1940. It made seeing ahead a lot easier. The original reflectors with the silvered surface weren't much. Especially after the reflector got tarnished.

Adapters were made to fit a Sealed beam into the original headlight "bucket". And manufacturors like Guide division of General Motors made lamps like the 903 J.

Today we have aftermarket Sealed beams that take a H-3 Halogen bulb insert. I'll probably fit a pair of these to one of my Model A's.

Those Big ugly Guides and B-L-C's (withthe marker lights) we used to throw away when we were restoring Model A's...and replacing them with stock buckets. Now you need a week's pay to buy a pair on E Bay...
Well thanks for the info, now I know what I have.
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Old 02-08-2007, 05:29 PM   #5
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Default Re: Guide 903 J headlamps

I heard somewhere that the 903 j's were used on snowplows. Greg
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Old 10-19-2008, 02:07 AM   #6
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Default Re: Guide 903 J headlamps

Many Guide lights were used on commercial rigs I think. Mide had extra long mounting studs when I found them.
The OTB aftermarket replacement polished bezels and retainers fit pretty well. I have a pair for my Model A.
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