WTB Brass head light rims

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WTB Brass head light rims

Post by Mountainrider » Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:20 pm

My 15 needs some brass head light rims. The reproduction aren’t bad but would prefer some originals.

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Re: WTB Brass head light rims

Post by Mark Gregush » Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:06 pm

Neil, while they would not be 100%, the nickle plated brass 26/27 rims with nickle taken off would work if you don't come up with any. I have them on mine, not right but nether are the side lights on my 21. :)
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Re: WTB Brass head light rims

Post by Allan » Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:27 pm

Mark, what is not right about 26-7 brass rims on 1915 lights? I prefer to find brass rims for nickel plating as used on many cars sold in Australia. I have them on my 17 and 25 models, and as far as I can tell they are identical. Were the 1915 different?

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Re: WTB Brass head light rims

Post by Mark Gregush » Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:41 pm

Really the only thing I can think of the how they are marked and the clips that held the round flat glass. The clips that held the flat glass were a different shape/size to fit the round flat glass. The later ones were made to fit the flat edges of the green visor and later the fluted lens. I think the 15 were marked with the maker like Brown and the 26/27 were stamped Ford. (open to correction on this)
Around 1920/21 or so when the flat glass with green visor lens was used here in the US, the edges were now flat like the later lens and used a different rim and clip then the early cars as shown in the 21 parts catalog. I think the rim it self was the same shape, only the clip being different. The very early style 15's (late 14's) were also larger. While I am not 100%, I think that is pretty close.
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Re: WTB Brass head light rims

Post by Allan » Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:26 am

The early flat glass clips are smaller and almost round, with two tabs only 1/2" or so apart. It doesn't matter if the lens rotates in the clips going down the road. The later style look no different on the car. On our Canadian sourced cars, the rims are rarely branded, either Ford or Brown, on the early ones. Either way, they can be installed with the brand at the bottom, out of sight.

I like the brass ones for another reason, for all cars. They are much easier to dent knock and refinish, the clips are never rusted out, and they are easy to get to a plating finish, if that is desired.

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Re: WTB Brass head light rims

Post by Mark Gregush » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:53 am

Allan, agree. Besides, I like that little bit of brass bling on the front. :)
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Re: WTB Brass head light rims

Post by Ratfink56 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:26 am

The early headlight rims were made by E&J and had 1156 on them. These are extremely hard to find!
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Re: WTB Brass head light rims

Post by Mountainrider » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:45 pm

My fender irons look like they originally took the forked headlights. They were probably changed out in the 20's to a newer style with the H lens


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Re: WTB Brass head light rims

Post by Allan » Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:16 am

Neil, if you want to put your car back on forked electric lights, I have a really nice pair of buckets. Lots of original paint. Just missing one of the four mounting set screws.

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Re: WTB Brass head light rims

Post by Mountainrider » Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:43 pm

TTT
Still looking. Saw a few on eBay but needed too much repair.


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Re: WTB Brass head light rims

Post by monty2719 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:13 am

I can supply 2 Ford script nickel over brass rims. Original not repro. They are very nice but not perfect with plating worn away in many places, brass age cracks and a couple very minor dings that a pro can easily remove. These hold the glass tightly which repros will not do...also these will lock into the lamp buckets correctly. $ 50 for the 2 plus postage. Ed Montgomery


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Re: WTB Brass head light rims

Post by Mountainrider » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:25 pm

Monty I sent you an email. Can you send me some pics?

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Re: WTB Brass head light rims

Post by Susanne » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:29 pm

The '26-'27 have a different script (smaller and tighter) than the early ones... I have one of each on my '15 (had to swap one of them because it catastrophically fractured), they both look fine, but up close you can tell...

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