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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-14-2008, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Question '65 Impala Headlight Conversion

One of the weak points, for me, on these classics is the headlight systems.

Here in Oregon we often have lots of rain (~8 months). The stock headlights are underwhelming to say the least.

I don't want any add-on driving/fog lights cluttering up the grill.

Are any 'kits' available to convert the headlights to an improved technology?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-14-2008, 07:38 AM
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There are Halogen bulbs available for a two piece reflector, but they are still only 12 volts. What you want is to use the two piece reflector and mount a 70 volt high intensity light in it. They do sell those as kits, but not for cars. You will find them for sale as an add on option for motor home coaches. Last time I looked they were about $1,400 for the lamps, bulbs and the inverter/transformers that had to be mounted in the engine bay (or trunk if you run long wires up under the car).

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Assuming that you still have the T3 headlamps (or equivalent) you will find a big improvement by simply changing them out with halogen replacement lamps that are available everywhere in the $6 each range. Also, be sure that the aim is correct as that can eat up a lot of available lumens.
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I've got halogens on my 67 Camaro and they light up the road nicely and give a cool look to an old custom. They do suck extra power so be sure your old alternator is up to snuff or you may notice too much load on your system at idle.
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there are lots of universal aftermarket HID kits that come with the bulbs and ballasts. If you are creative I'm sure there is a way to custom fit HID's to your lenses. As for wiring them up, you usually don't have to do more than take power from the battery for your 12v, and use the existing headlight wires as input wires for the ballasts, basically just to trigger the relay to turn on the HID's.

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Thanks!

I will look into all of your ideas.

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-14-2008, 11:30 PM
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or something along these lines...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/64-70...spagenameZWD1V

just an example of what's out there as far as a composite headlamp kit to replace your sealed beam setup. This example says "HID" but only in the sense that it puts out more light than stock. True HID would have the external ballasts and be even brighter yet.

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Thanks maas those look interesting.
I will have to look in to the local laws about those first.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-18-2008, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks again maas - I'll be buying a set of those

The halo's will look cool in the evening

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-20-2008, 10:37 AM
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Thanks for the link Maas. I have those same type headlights in my Camaro and the glow ring looks really trick when parked. I have had them for over 6 years and haven't seen them on another car yet.

Has anyone ever installed these on a 4 light system? I had to cut notches in the buckets of my Camaro to mount the 7" type correctly.
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As far as local laws on the HID's, you should be able to find that info on your local gov website. There are limits to the brightness on some of those obnoxiously bright Xenon bulbs.
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As far as local laws on the HID's, you should be able to find that info on your local gov website. There are limits to the brightness on some of those obnoxiously bright Xenon bulbs.

And to the color tint. Blue is not allowed on the front of vehicles in many states being reserved for law enforcement. Some of those HID Xeon tubes must have a Cobalt blue lens in front of them as I have known of Florida State troopers pulling cars over for just the headlights.

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-21-2008, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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1968 Caprice 396: I will let you know how they work out - I think they will be extremely cool. I'm still doing research though.
Do you have any pics of your Camaro with the lights on?
Have the police ever pulled you over for the lights?

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I'll have to dig up a picture on my home computer. I don't drive with the glow rings on, only when it's parked. I have an RS with the hide-aways and they only open with the headlights in the ON position when driving. The rings work with the parking lights. I can shut the car off with the doors open and they will stay open and show the glow rings.

You can drive with the glow rings on at dusk like you would parking lights but they aren't bright enough for the dark.
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