Kirk!'s recent post about headlights got me to thinkin'... Most of us weren't around when prewar/postwar rods were out runnin' the streets the first time around, so we're left with the knothole in the fence of history to look thru while we decide what makes our cars look 'right'. As a result, we're influenced by other folks' cars and pictures taken back in the day, which are literally snapshots of time. Seems to me that rodders subscribed to 'run whatcha brung'. The headlight most commonly seen on a rod would have been a King Bee or a Dietz - not because they were cool, but rather they could be bought in the farm implement section of the local hardware store. They were cheap, small, and shiny - all decent attributes to a rodder. I'm pretty sure the dry lakes crowd drove their cars around town with headlights attached, as law enforcement officials were itchin' to find a reasont to pull any and all miscreants over. Pop (now in his mid 70's) loved to tell the tale of how the cops stood in the muffler shop and watched as the Hollywoods and cutouts were torched off his buddy Chuck's Merc and were replaced with factory cans. Anyway - as much as I like the look of a headlight-less car, it's a safe bet they were gutted at the lake for all those killer pix. After that came the 'looker' lights - the Edmunds and Jones (is that right?) alloy torpedoes normally found on Jordan Playboys and the Woodlites used on custom Auburns. Kids from the 20's and 30's were influenced by the gentleman's sportscars of an earlier age; hangin' lites from a prewar sports car was an easy way to jazz up your ride. As for location - up, down, in, out...seems to be a function of owner preference, tempered by the mood of the local sheriff. Too low, and you're busted! Guide lights (which fetch some silly prices these days) weren't as popular then as they are now - as far as I've been able to determine. In poring thru literally several hundred old rod pix from the rags of the day, i've only seen a couple of cars with Guide 592 J's, and even fewer with 592 C's (the ones with the turnsigs on top.) Why? The only thing I've not seen much of is the use of an A headlight bucket on a rod. I asked Pop about that once, and his explanation was that all the guys wanted to run sealed beams on their rods - and the sealed beam converson kits looked goofy inna A bucket, as the bucket is lots bigger than the headlamp. It was just as easy to go to the hardware store, buy a set of tractor lite buckets, and hang them on yer rod. Besides - they were brighter than the 'A' lites, which meant less of a chance of being stopped by an overzealous cop. Dunno if this makes sens to y'all - just wanted to get it right in my head befor hangin' lites on my car. What are your thoughts?