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Old 08-23-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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Default Spotlights? Why exactly do we run 'em?



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Old 08-23-2012, 10:26 AM   #2
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Default Re: Spotlights? Why exactly do we run 'em?

I like spots on a lot of occasions, however this isn't one of them. Especially with the new chop, I think your old car is just too damned clean for em.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:29 AM   #3
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Default Re: Spotlights? Why exactly do we run 'em?

I have no intentions of running them on my "custom" if I ever get around to working on it.... shooting for a clean simple mid 40's look.....
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:29 AM   #4
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Default Re: Spotlights? Why exactly do we run 'em?

Personally, I like them. I have an ancient set of dummies ready to go on my current project and I think on the right car they really give the period-perfect look. It's a dress-up item.

I think the overly smoothed off look is more a holdover product of the 80's and 90's monochromatic street rod days, many of which cars are being restyled traditionally today, hence all the 81 Olds tilt columns and high back bucket seats in otherwise traditional cars.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:33 AM   #5
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I think spots make some cars look cool. Some look like diarrhea! And imo spots sometimes take away from a cars beauty.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:35 AM   #6
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Default Re: Spotlights? Why exactly do we run 'em?

Appleton still makes electrical material. Go to any electrical wholesale house. Top quality still! .02
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:35 AM   #7
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Default Re: Spotlights? Why exactly do we run 'em?

I run them for hunting at night. But I am not a custom guy.

Some cars they look good on as though that need to be there good and on others they just look out of place. I think cars are like chicks some chicks just need to accessorize while others don't.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:38 AM   #8
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Default Re: Spotlights? Why exactly do we run 'em?

It's always seemed ironic to me that people would shave a bunch of sparkly trim off a car, then add these chrome warts back on.

I think they are pretty benign on some customs, but get in the way of the flow more often than not.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:39 AM   #9
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Default Re: Spotlights? Why exactly do we run 'em?

I have a set of Appletons on my 41, but when I got it it had dual (miss-matched) spots on it already. I like em on most cars. To be honest I always wondered what made them so popular on early customs.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:40 AM   #10
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I like them but really prefer the real thing. Not a big fan of dummies. I have a set of two still new in the box. The only reason I have never installed them on one of my cars is I haven't been willing to see them "go down the road" if I sold the car they were on. I would suspect they are pretty valuable by now.

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Old 08-23-2012, 10:46 AM   #11
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Default Re: Spotlights? Why exactly do we run 'em?

Too many cars with the 'dummie' spots spoiled the pudding, at least for me...

Appletons were the real deal, and I was aware of them on the 'better' cars since 1953.

When the dummies came out, (1957? '58?) Cal Custom sold a lot of them. (I liked their profile, but never used 'em...they weren't Appletons)
Every 'mild custom' to high school kid's stocker had 'em, and guys screwed 'em on fenders, hoods, and everywhere else in the broad area surrounding the 'A' pillars!

It was one of the early Lodi runs that I saw 3 'Kustoms', two of them had original Appletons. Then they came back out of the woodwork...
But they don't belong on everything. Some smooth chopped classics can get 'gooked-up', as Von Dutch used to say.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:52 AM   #12
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Default Re: Spotlights? Why exactly do we run 'em?

I have a set of dummies (soon to be functional) on my Buick, only thing is people now ask me if it used to be police car at some point..
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Default Re: Spotlights? Why exactly do we run 'em?

not a fan of fake ones.
I have one on my '47, mainly because when I bought it, there was a hole in the pillar, and a spotlight in the trunk....
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:54 AM   #14
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Default Re: Spotlights? Why exactly do we run 'em?

You had me when you wrote "set of shiny chrome boobies bolted proudly on the A pillar" I like 'em if they're functional
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:15 AM   #15
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Less is more my friend!
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:16 AM   #16
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Not a fan I think it does mess up the lines on most cars. just my apinion
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:18 AM   #17
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I plan to put one on my Hudson pickup project... but can't see doing it to anything else I have.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:19 AM   #18
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I'm going to run them for functionality so I can find the party
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:23 AM   #19
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Default Re: Spotlights? Why exactly do we run 'em?

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I have a set of dummies (soon to be functional) on my Buick, only thing is people now ask me if it used to be police car at some point..

I had real ones on my '53 and used to get that all the time from ignorants. I took them off of that car, they didn't fit the period.

I will say that they look best on 40's or early 50's styled cars, the taildragger era, with fender skirts and the really wide whitewalls. I don't like them on late 50's or 60's cars unless they're the factory optional type on a restored stocker or decked-out lowrider.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:23 AM   #20
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Default Re: Spotlights? Why exactly do we run 'em?

At the end of the day, it all comes down to opinion doesn't it? I mean, there really is no right or wrong here only preference. I choose to run Cal custom style dummies not because I'm cheap, but because that's more than likely what would be used during the period that interests me, i.e. late 50s and early 60s. That said, and taking into account that the real ones were probably never used for their intended purpose, if I was shooting for an early Fifties style I would use functional ones. I guess nothing's changed really since back in the day, you can love them or hate them, either way is traditional!
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