I got caught out after dark and driving home the lights seemed dim even for a model "T". when I got home and checked it out I found 1 light searching the trees while the other was looking for nails in the road. I looked up focusing the headlights in the service manual That's when I found the first problem do you see it?
then I found this
the one on the left was what was in my headlight buckets the one on the right is what's supposed to be in the bucket
now I can see much better! I have no idea what the sockets on the left fit but they aren't for an improved ford.
G.R.--- when your headlights are properly focused, according to the manual, the pattern of the driver's side light should look similar to the photo. Then, the passenger's side headlight should be focused to the right side of the center line.
When both lights are focused the pattern should look similar to the next photo.
P.S. My wife focused the headlamps on this car. She got tired of us guessing where the road was so she read the manual, focused them, and now I can see.
That a girl Susie Q!!!!
Bill that's great! But nothing goes that easy for me. My main point was My head lights had no adjustment screw (see first picture) and the wrong bulb sockets (see picture #3) I got the correct (I think)sockets for my car the focus springs and focus screws (thanks Bob B.) but I cannot get the elongated pattern shown in the book or your pictures I get a bright "spot" and a not so bright "spot" and I have gone full travel of the focus screw in both directions. But my view of the road is much improved over the original configuration... nuttin is ever easy!
A big bright spot similar to the one on the following photo? This is how ours started out. We drove on a dark country road that had no painted lines, no streetlights present, and it took all 4 in the car to watch the edge of the road to keep from going in the ditch.
Now, after aiming according to the manual, the same dark road is clearly lit.
Well I guess I am just too inept I followed the directions in the service manual to a t and cant get anything but a circle.
Well now, you can at least identify what your about to hit (sic)......
As I see it, the headlamps are for others 2 see me. Illuminating the road is a secondary benefit. Thank you all for the great alignment tips
Once you were blind but now you see!
Do you have reproduction reflectors? Especially chrome ones. Chrome is not a good light reflection surface! It's actually still illegal in most states.
Also, the bulb filament has to be in the correct alignment--Don't have notes handy, I'll let others chime in here and tell you how they go!
Elements oriented correct? Don't forget the cotter pin in the adjusting screw!
Does the longer part of the bulb socket go towards the front or rear? Seems it would change the adjustment range quite a lot.