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Custom Ideas: Headlights

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    from Austin, TX
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  2. Lazer5000
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 687


    I've always liked the "hooded" look. Won't work on my '48 Chrysler without major fender mods, but I find something to put them on.
  3. ALindustrial
    Joined: Aug 7, 2007
    Posts: 852


    me too, but im not good with metal yet so i havent tried yet... im kinda wish-washy about frenching... i think the right cars can pull it off...
  4. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,258

    from DFW USA

    Some of those are great! And some are really funky! :eek:

    I've always been partial to the '53-54 Buick setup-


    ..and one you don't see done much at all, the '56 DeSoto/Chrysler. Dodge also had a nice headlight shape for '56.

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  5. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,210

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    Next to custom taillights, headlights modified well can really make or break it for me.
    They're a great area for artistic expressions.
    These are mine, '54 Merc rings, done the old way. Bought them at a swap meet cheap, and welded them on. Lights adjust from the rear.

    First set I've ever done (so far)

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  6. Theo Douglas
    Joined: Nov 20, 2002
    Posts: 804

    Theo Douglas

    For my money (some of which is tied up in a really ratty '49 Ford Club Coupe) I'd have to say: frenched using stock rings.
    That's what I'm planning for my shoebox.
    I like the hooded look too, but I just can't bring myself to use it.
  7. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,746


    My all-time favorite headlight treatment is frenched '52-4 Ford or Merc rings, but they don't work on everything.

    '55 & '56 Olds (not the same) were popular in the day, too, but seem to be more popular now than when they were new:

  8. scrape
    Joined: Sep 22, 2003
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    in digging on the 55/6 chevy truck lights......
    [​IMG] ...
  9. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
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    '56 Olds headlight rings are the cat's ass........esp. on Shoebox Fords and '49-'52 Chevys......doesn't get any better......
  10. Lazer5000
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 687


    Frenching is great on a few cars, i.e. shoeboxes, '49-'54 chevs, but other than that I think cars look better with rings.
  11. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,087


    If anyone is interested, check the factory front end treatment on an EK Holden (GMH), kool.
  12. plmczy
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
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    Anybody ever use 53-54 pontiac headlight rings for a custom look? later shawn
  13. I always liked the look on the Ron Dunn '50 Ford - think that was '56 DeSoto bits. Guess it was a mid 50's thing as almost all of the Detroit cars had a version, and no doubt the designers were looking at the customs being done.
  14. The poor mans 55-56 Olds rings...

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  15. striper
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
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    Here's my '52. I like the peaks. It gets rid of what I thought was a bit of a bug eye look


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  16. how about 55 Buick rings with the eyebrows
    stock lites recessed behind the fender about 2 inches
    chrome half shields
    4wd headlite screen mesh covers
    home made stainless tunnel

    still 6 volt... always ran with the dome light on on moonless nites :D

    on a 52 Buick Riv coupe

    and those are 58 chev back up lenses in the parklite holes they are bullet shaped

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  17. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,258

    from DFW USA

    Actually they're '55 Lincoln, pretty close in appearance.


  18. Thanks, that is even better - still from the same family. The memory goes first?
  19. lostn51
    Joined: Jan 24, 2008
    Posts: 1,666


    im putting 55 Chevy headlights in my 49 Ford and after looking at the artical i might consider the 55 and 6 olds.
  20. IGOR
    Joined: Jun 27, 2002
    Posts: 642


    I've got some 56 Packard headlight doors hanging up. Always thought they'd be cool to use on something.
  21. J Man
    Joined: Dec 11, 2003
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    J Man

    I guy I know in PA took '55 chevy car brows and pit them on his '50 Chey PU. Looked good.
  22. twofosho
    Joined: Nov 10, 2005
    Posts: 1,158


    Don't forget the headlight rings from mid 70's Codobas with round headlights, look similar to the Oldsmobile ones.

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