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Driving lights question

PostPost by: cal44 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:04 pm

When the Plus 2 design changed to include driving lights, did they only use Lucas square 8's?
Or, was there another brand also used?

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PostPost by: spridget » Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:01 am

Mike,
I saw some +2 with Marchal or Cibie lights but I think there was only Lucas fitted by the factory

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PostPost by: alan » Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:52 am

as far as i know they were Lucas. 1 Spot and 1 Fog. Some seem to be with a chrome back and some with black plastic back
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PostPost by: spridget » Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:47 pm

I agree with Alan,
I think they were all with plastic back side. The one with chrome back side were those fitted on Rolls Royce silver shadow and certainly as an accessories on any car

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PostPost by: Gordon Sauer » Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:19 pm

My +2 S1 30 ? says fog on th dash and my lights look identical and they are the chrome backing although they came from the once available Frank's sports car world salvage yard so I'm not so sure. Gordon Sauer
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PostPost by: cal44 » Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:16 pm

Thanks boys.

As an addendum, I did have two private messages stating the back side of the Square 8's on their cars were chrome. My '72 has a brand other than Lucas. They make new ones but they aren't made in the U.K is my understanding. That will not do...........


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PostPost by: alan » Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:12 pm

on my 1973 +2S130/4 the spot and the fog are both with chrome backs. The are the original ones from new.
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:05 pm

I have 2 fog lamps, both chrome backed Lucas Square 8. I have removed them both for the time being as I quite like the clean uncluttered original +2 valance that doesn't have fog or driving lamps and my fog/driving pods are quite flimsy plastic vinyl affairs that show a very shaky sort of light when in use due to the poor fixings available for the lights.

I think the first +2's had these plastic fog/spot lamp pods and later cars had properly glassed items, perhaps somebody can shed some light ( pun not quite intended).

A Europa spoiler in place of the lights is my intention next year.
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PostPost by: Harvey » Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:11 pm

Mike,

My '71 +2S has the original chrome backed Lucas models. However, they are both fog lamps rather than one driving light and one fog light. Nevertheless, each is wired to a separate toggle swith (I replaced the rocker switches for aesthetics) and had a custom mount made for the switches out of aluminum.

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