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Headlight difference & preference: 32 vs. 33/34?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Deuce Rails, May 2, 2006.

  1. Deuce Rails
    Joined: Feb 1, 2002
    Posts: 2,015

    Deuce Rails

    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?


  2. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 19,930


    Check out a pair of 33-34 Commercial headlights. Painted buckets and a much narrower stainless rim, same diameter ar '32 I believe. :)
  3. Deuce Roadster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2002
    Posts: 9,520

    Deuce Roadster
    Member Emeritus

    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 ...
  4. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 9,330


    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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  5. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 20,612

    Bruce Lancaster

    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!
  6. andysdeuce
    Joined: Jan 13, 2002
    Posts: 1,040

    Member Emeritus

    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.
  7. teach'm
    Joined: May 8, 2005
    Posts: 250

    from Tucson, AZ

    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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  8. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,764


    32 commercials for comparison.
  9. 2-TONED
    Joined: Jan 31, 2005
    Posts: 1,683


    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.
  10. jusjunk
    Joined: Dec 3, 2004
    Posts: 3,139

    from Michigan

    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.

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