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Hot Rods Definitive Deuce Headlight Placement Thread

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by lothiandon1940, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. Post up pics of your headlight placement, fendered or fenderless. High, low, toward the front, toward the back, with or without a bar. Size and placement of headlights can make or break the look. Let us know how or why you did yours like you did,...Thanks, Don. 09222013.jpg
  2. edcodesign
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,093


    image.jpeg I like a dropped headlight bar look vs. the orig. on mine.
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  3. Here's a few that I like. Feel free to add your critique. mcgee-roadster-1932-ford-hot-rod-850x478.jpg 001.jpg 100_2871.jpg
  4. Shameless self-promotion here. I've often considered moving mine lower and forward on So-Cal style mounts. 044-vi (1).jpg

  5. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 5,561


    I like the big headlights on standard bar, On any 32/34, like the big lights, I added the LED turn signals (41 Ford style) (rear 41 Chev) w/LED (aware not HAMB friendly) after a few close calls, I did't think people could see the little cycle lights mounted low, also the orange bulb in head light bucket does not show up at night either IMO. Like the traditional look 60's, but for MY safety, will/have added some modern safety features to all of my old cars. I drive these cars many miles(my enjoyment of having them) and somewhere along the way I've become more safety minded apposite of my first 40 or so years.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2018
  6. Side Shot Saturday.jpg 32 Vicky in OK 024.jpg 2010 coupe 062.jpg finished 003.jpg Like em big and lo myself
    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,973

    from IDAHO

    This is how I roll and it is just one way to kill bugs... CHANGE 2014 019.JPG
  8. You probably don't mean the stock location, but I kinda like um high like ole Henry did it. (69).JPG
  9. Nothing at all wrong with a stock location. That is one beautiful 5-window.
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  10. liljoe
    Joined: Feb 26, 2013
    Posts: 36

    from detroit

  11. That 5 window is like the easy girl in high school,Don started out with her then she went with other guys for years,she was with me for a few years and Don found her and wanted her back,she is indeed a sweetheart! HRP
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  12. An all-time classic look.......The Mills/Elza Roadster. 20160918_140026 (1).jpg
  13. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,937

    from Iowa

    Under construction. Pete and Jake shock/headlight mounts. Height just looks right to me.
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  14. Height looks good...........I would personally prefer bigger lights, but that's just me. '33 commercial lights would look killer there. Hey, it looks to be a cool ride one way or another..rock on.:)
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  15. My beater before I started on it back in the 70's.


    and now,with the exception of the cream color insert.


    and the current moredoor.


    And the ones I have had in the past






  16. Splitbudaba
    Joined: Dec 30, 2014
    Posts: 460


    IMG_20170330_0553243_rewind.jpg My 2 cents, So Cal mounts, shocks and headlights, even with grille, have vintage beehive lights for turn signals. IMG_2519.JPG
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2018
  17. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 14,534

    from oregon

    Mocked up just for a look-see so not dead even.

  18. Almost every car posted has stock headlights. I thought that was the first thing swapped out when a guy "hopped a car up" hahaha
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  19. Chris,I have always like the big headlights and now that there is the new style reflector kit the lights work like sealed beams. HRP
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  20. I was hoping you'd see this....:) I was going to send it but decided to let you discover it!
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  21. Trucks need love as well. 7301a.jpg
  22. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,937

    from Iowa

    Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it. I spent months looking at pics of headlight sizes and locations. Some really good threads here, plus I have a few thousand magazines. I decided the current big headlight fad wasn't for me. Most of the older pics I found they had King Bee or Dietz style headlights. Smaller lights. That's why I finally decided on the Dietz style. The big lights look fine but I didn't want that mass up front for this car.
  23. Old Ford Coupe
    Joined: Jan 29, 2012
    Posts: 311

    Old Ford Coupe

  24. I had the big lights- '33 commercial.
    Recently changed them for something a little smaller '35-37 commercial.
    I felt they were more like those used in the '60's but big enough to get the turn signals inside.

  25. skipstitch
    Joined: Oct 7, 2001
    Posts: 1,176


    Stock deuce lights as low as possible on a modified genie bar... I always like 'em low to hide the shocks from the front view. They cast really interesting shadows on low beam!!!
  26. I guess I’m just goofy and like early sealed beam lights on hotrods...king bees, guides, arrows, BLC...

    But I’m also goofy and like fenders and undropped headlight bars

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  27. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,222


    Wow, Chris....what a epic run of so classic HotRods!

    Ok, what was the post about? That was something for tired eyes to see! Thank You for the effort to run all of those.

    Seems to me, that roll out of cars? Run something! and make a Hot Rod...make it your own...OH! you will forget about what headlights you chose when boiling the tires for a Gal! Oh, this Saturday I sure noticed that the ladies of all ages...if you make eye contact as you see them look at you rolling by??...Give them a "look", then some wave like "watch this!".. Wow..try it guys!

    no sense putting up a pic of mine, as I KNOW they were not looking at the lights!!!
    well, ok...same day..
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  28. Arrows
    11th Car. 1932 Ford Hiboy.JPG
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2018
  29. Hutch built
    Joined: May 15, 2016
    Posts: 138

    Hutch built


    Took an inch out of my Socal headlight mounts just to get a lower look and then made a crossbar to tie them together.

    Sent from my SPH-L720T using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  30. Headlights, we don't need no steenkin' headlights... ;)


    With them installed. Low and small.


    Here is the headlight bar I whipped up on the ElDorodder.


    And where they'll end up on my roadster.


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