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Hot Rods Deuce coupe... Can't decide 7" or 9" Headlights

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Groovy, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. Groovy
    Joined: Aug 9, 2015
    Posts: 207


    I am looking to purchase headlights and can't find proper photos of Deuce front ends to make me decide what looks best.
    Your thoughts on you choices and photos are appreciated... Please share.
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  2. Surely you jest?
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  3. Hiboy or fendered? HRP
  4. rmcroadster
    Joined: Sep 28, 2014
    Posts: 26


    I don't think anyone has ever complained about having an extra couple of inches....

  5. Groovy
    Joined: Aug 9, 2015
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  6. Deucedreamer
    Joined: Jan 11, 2010
    Posts: 544

    from BC Canada

    Stock headlights or 33/34 commercial look the best in my opinion.
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  7. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    Surprise us.
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  8. 34headlites.jpg 34newlights.jpg Oh, boy...this topic has been discussed several times here. Some guys feel very strongly both ways. I had a pair of 34 commercials on my 34 coupe but after reading about the problems some guys have with light diffusing with the stock lenses and reflectors I changed mine to a pair of Guide 682J's with halogen sealed beams. It's really important to me to be able to see down the road.
  9. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 2,907


    If you really want to be traditional then go with the 7" headlights. Once seal beams came out in 1940, they became pretty mainstream on hot rods. The big stockers became popular with the resto rods in the 70's & 80's. In fact the first fenderless 32 with big headlights that I seen was at the 1983 Nats north in Detroit. If you don't care about a traditional time frame then run what ever you like.
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  10. norms30a
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 576


    or you could just do 1 of each. 136 015.JPG
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  11. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,708


    I view the lights on these like B(.)(.)B's....)
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  12. Don Nagel
    Joined: Dec 19, 2017
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    Don Nagel

  13. MMM1693
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
    Posts: 741


    I like the 7 inch. Guide 682
  14. town sedan
    Joined: Aug 18, 2011
    Posts: 1,290

    town sedan

    If you're going for the "Nuevo Traditional" look run the big ones, or E&J. When I was growing up in the 60's & 70's only stockers had large O.E. lamps. That is until the RestoRods began hitting the seen and you'd need fenders to carry that look off.

    Small seal beams will always look best.
  15. Guides.




    Model A headlights. HRP

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  16. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,912

    dirty old man
    Member Emeritus

    I vote for 7", either King Bee, Dietz, or 682 Guide. Nobody but stockers ran the big lens lights. The cheapskates put in the adapter kits that used a surround ring setup to reduce the front down to sealed beam size, and the bucks up guys used the King Bee or Dietz.
    In 1957 I bought a '32 3wdw, East Coast style, channeled, not chopped and fenderless, from a man who had it built for his son, who subsequently got killed in another car in an accident.
    It had small headlights that I liked, but had a helluva time finding replacement sealed beam bulbs for till a savvy parts clerk figgered out they were the smaller ones for WWII jeeps, a little smaller than 7" but I forget actual size. I liked the look myself.
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  17. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
    Posts: 3,098

    Corn Fed

    Since yer askin' I vote for sealed beams.
  18. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,259


    I've always been partial to the commercial headlights.
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  19. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 11,227

    from Zoar, Ohio

    I guess to be accurate. Or at least close to accurate.
    Building a pre-1940 era rod would require the large commercial lights and after that it would be the 7” seal beams. In 1940 fed law dictated seal beams on all cars.
    New millennial tastes have mixed it up although I too like the commercial lights but it just depends on the style of car in my mind.

    Last edited: Mar 21, 2018
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  20. zzford
    Joined: May 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,823


    I've heard that size matters.
  21. ratrod0
    Joined: Apr 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,139


    The bigger the better and keep them low imagejpeg_0.jpg
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  22. went with 7's and then sold the guy put on 9's...great improvement...on a highboy it sure looks "right"...get them down low and you are there 100_6307.jpg

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  23. car doctor
    Joined: May 25, 2011
    Posts: 495

    car doctor

    1929 model a lights IMG_20171230_152411.jpg
  24. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,622


    Stick with the originals or 34 commercial, down low.
    Plenty of threads on deuces here.
    Maybe look up the thread about being a member of deuce club. Plenty of pictures.
    Others may be able to post links.
  25. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
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  26. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,937

    Member Emeritus
    from Iowa

    I struggled with this, looked at 10,000,000 pictures. finally decided in Dietz. Like the bigger ones but I always think of buggy eyes when I look at them head on. Had to stay small.


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  27. MAD 034
    Joined: Aug 30, 2011
    Posts: 775

    MAD 034
    from Washington

    Small is better
  28. primed34
    Joined: Feb 3, 2007
    Posts: 1,238


    I think the 7" are more tradition.
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  29. If you look at vintage photos, you will not see big lights, especially on highboys. I just removed the 34 commercial lights from my highboy. Replaced them with 35 - 37 commercial. Larger than 7 inch for sure, but I was able to get the turn signals inside.
    Both sets of lights have the Bob Drake reflectors. They do make a difference.

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    Last edited: Mar 22, 2018
  30. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,430

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    You have to post a photo of your Deuce and tell us what build style you're after, otherwise it's a complete stab in the dark. It's like asking what you should wear out to dinner. Roadster? Coupe? Chopped? Hiboy or full fendered? Hot Rod? Resto Rod? Mild or wild?

    For the most part traditional Hot Rods had 7" aftermarket lights. Running stocker's would've been goofy, unless it was a full fendered, stock height "Gentleman's" cruiser.
    Large/stock style lights started to come into Street Rods in the late 70's or so with the commercial 34 lights, etc.

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