My 1914 has E and J headlamps and are missing the retainers that hold the reflectors in at the back of the lights. What do the retainers look like? Can someone please post pics? Does anyone make reproductions and, if so, who? Do you put that "padding" between the reflectors and the back of the lamp? A Mr. R V. Anderson responded a while back saying he was making some retainers but he has taken ill. Any help would be appreciated. I'm getting a little tired of seeing the bottom of an aluminum pie tin in my lamps!! Thanks.
Would any of these work or could be made to work?
Marty, the lead wedges that the vendors sell will work fine - I used them on my '14. Also, I have a lot of extra padding from my lamp project, so if you want some send me a pm or call me; my home number is in the Casual T's members book. And yes, the padding goes between the reflector and the back of the lamp to protect the glass reflector.
Mark, I've seen the wedges from the vendors but wasn't sure they would work until I saw Bill's posting. I'm still not sure how they will work so, Bill, I'll pm you and perhaps you could send me a pic or two of how the go in/on? Thanks.
I believe the E & J lamps used a slot cam ring (I don't know what it is supposed to be called) to hold the Mangin mirrors in, not wedges. I have some other brands of gas lights that have the same method of tightening the mirror. Nerve racking trying to get the ring out and not break the mirror.
Here is a post that may cover your question.
If you have the slots, I would definitely find the correct rings so you don't crack a mirror.
I don't believe the lead wedges will help you unless you place three holes in the rear of the headlight bucket like the John Browns. The only metal that touches a mirror in the JB are the three lead wedges.
Pads-Use them. They are not for heat but a cushion when locking down the mirror and to keep the back of the headlight bucket from rubbing the silvering off the mirror. I cut mine with scissors out of heat wrap from the auto parts house but those shown look good too.
Ken in Texas
Sure thing, Marty. And if you ever want to stop by, you can see it in person now that's it's finished (almost)! I ordered a new top from Classtique Upholstery but it won't be in for a month or so. Until then, I've got the old, incorrect top on the back just for looks.