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26r Headlamps

PostPost by: jkolb » Wed Mar 22, 2006 1:07 pm

When converting to 26r style headamps, what make/model headlamp assembly should I use to accommodate the 5 3/4 inch lense? I am in the US, so US models would be preferred.

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PostPost by: twincamman » Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:20 pm

any 1970s ford system with 4 headlights 51/2 inch diameter lights ---ed
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PostPost by: cabc26b » Sun Apr 02, 2006 1:42 am

The 5 ?/4's off a Jag XJ6 are what I have used in the past - they come completed with the bucket and nice piece of bright work that makes up the inner adj ring.
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PostPost by: sotul86 » Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:09 am

Does anyone with 26r style headlamps have som close up photos and supplier names, more then tony thompson ?

Would prefer 5 3/4" headlamps tonys is for 7" ?
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:11 am

elan-f14/26r-headlamp-covers-t16076.html

More info from a failed attemp to gather interest. Some sources are listed for all to use.

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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:50 pm

twincamman wrote:any 1970s ford system with 4 headlights 51/2 inch diameter lights ---ed


Ed, might be different here in the UK but standard practice with four lights was to have two main and two dipped (the only exception I can think of being the early Esprit), so ex- four-light units would not be suitable. I think that motor-bike lamps would be a better source, they would have the two filaments and might even come in a useful pod.
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PostPost by: twincamman » Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:05 pm

the 4 light system here has hi and low beam ---ed
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PostPost by: Davidb » Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:10 pm

Peter, are you sure about that? I would have thought that two would be hi/lo?
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PostPost by: paddy » Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:18 pm

Try here:

http://www.vehicle-wiring-products.eu/V ... dlamps.php

I remember getting 5 3/4" units with both main and dipped beam many years ago, but I can't remember for the life of me what the car was. There were two variants - one has a small "window" (about 1" diameter) in the reflector to allow an externally mounted side light bulb to shine through. For the Elan you don't need the window but the site above only has the sealed beam unit with the window (ref 5731).

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PS: there also looks to be one here: http://www.holden.co.uk/displayProducts ... andCode=Z9
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PostPost by: gino1 » Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:16 am

Hi,
I used the 5 3/4" lights and the perspex covers in my recent rebuild (still not finished !)
Quite easy to do except for the huge patience needed constructing and fitting the brackets on to the covers and fixing to the bodywork.
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PostPost by: elj221c » Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:37 am

These are what I had on my Elan.
I never did get around to fitting covers, though.
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:20 pm

Davidb wrote:Peter, are you sure about that? I would have thought that two would be hi/lo?


Almost 88.476% sure, however, on another well-respected www forum I've just seen an original Gold Bug with 26/R headlamp covers and normal pivoting units. :evil: :twisted: :evil:

Maybe I should buy a Gordon-Keeble?
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PostPost by: Davidb » Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:05 am

It must have been an optical delusion Peter. I took a good look at said car on the weekend and it has plexi covers over fixed lights 8)
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PostPost by: Davidb » Sat Jul 25, 2009 6:18 pm

I just posted the following on the Nostalgia Forum and realised it is probably more appropriate here:
I was thinking about this car last night and realised that I went with Nino Epifani and his crew to Sears Point with the Gold Bug Elan shortly after Nino had restored it in the early/mid eighties. What triggered the memory was the presence of Dan Marvin in the ex Villeneuve car at Mission last weekend. It was Dan-at that point the most recent Formula Atlantic Champion-who was the test driver in the Elan that day! I recall that the main point of the test was determining which front sway bar to use-15/16ths or 1 inch-and as I remember it the smaller bar was chosen by Dan as better. Serious stuff for a guy like me who checked the tire pressures before a race-maybe!
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PostPost by: sotul86 » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:26 am

Gino

Have you bought a kit from a supplier and do You have some more close up photos for the headlight showing brackets and headlight, Nice looking elan in white
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