OT Drum headlights with Smith lenses

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Allan Bennett - Australia on Monday, November 06, 2017 - 04:29 am:

I was given these drum headlights to sell at the upcoming Bendigo National Swap Meet. It would help if I knew which vehicle they belong to. They are in excellent original order and would make ideal lights for a speedster.


Allan from down under.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By G.R.Cheshire (La Florida!) on Monday, November 06, 2017 - 09:27 am:

The mountings look exactly my 26 Buick but the drum itself is different. So maybe late 20's early 30's GM (Buick / Chevrolet etc)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Frank Harris from Long Beach, CA on Monday, November 06, 2017 - 01:19 pm:

Could be a re-pop. Here are the after market drum headlight I restored. I welded a horizontal washer on the lower bracket of the drum for mounting. Your's has a vertical hole. The second pictures shows the difference between T lamps and the drum style. I modified the sockets and have high and low beams. The last picture is as finished.




Drum



head LIGHTS



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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gary Schiebe - Plymouth, MN on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 04:11 pm:

I restored a set of Smith drum headlights for my Speedster. Very pleased with the outcome and the look. Had the rims brass plated and used stems from junk Model T headlights welded to a bracket to hold the drum headlights.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 12:32 am:

I had a couple Smith Lenses many years ago. I was told that somebody (Overland or Maxwell maybe?) used them as original equipment. But they fit and looked good in the T speedster I had at that time. Both Overland and Maxwell I think did use a simple drum headlamp at some time in the early '20s.
Don't know if that helps any.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By gary hammond-Forest, Va on Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 04:03 am:

Hey! I've got a brass set of those, Guide lenses.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By gary hammond-Forest, Va on Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 04:08 am:

And....


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By gary hammond-Forest, Va on Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 04:12 am:

For size next to brake backing plates, I figured they came off a truck. I may use them on a speedster I'm building.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jerry VanOoteghem S.E. Michigan on Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 09:16 am:

Gary,

Hard to tell from your photo, but I believe I have the exact same lights on my speedster. I've been told they are from a Chevrolet, maybe 1925 - 1927 if I remember correctly.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Grisbee---Cheyenne Wyo on Friday, November 10, 2017 - 09:12 pm:

Gary, The '27 Chevy had a bullet shape but they do look like 25 or 26.


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