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Guest Grant Magrath

I would imagine they would be Guide ones with amber lenses. Probably around the 6" size? I can tell you what late 30's Fords and 39 Chevies had though!

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How do the ones on the red Buick look? We've fitted some cheapies off eBay on the coupe since this pic was taken.

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Grant

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For 1939, Guide introduced a new design 6-11/16" fog light with a V-shaped lens. The first production has a more pointed back than ones produced after 1939. The 1939 light is pictured.

Also, about 1939, Guide introduced the second generation Super Ray driving light. The second generation Super Ray has a vertical badge on the exterior face of the lens and a band that curves around the top of the lamp shell. Of the three generations of Super Ray lights, the second generation (circa 1939 & 1940) seems to be more available. The Super Rays have a 7-7/8" lens.

Grandpa

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Guest Grant Magrath

Hey Grandpa, I've seen the Guide cat's eye foglights in the Chevy accessory catalogue, were they standard across the whole GM range?

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Grant,

Mine are Unity Glaseal Stock # 400. Lens is 5.25 inches dia. The " Unity " crest @ the top is printed in blue. The backs look kind of like Granpa's 3rd picture but not quite as sharp a point.

I found them on e-bay and they came in the origional box, still packed in straw. Sticker on the box says "suitable for all pre 1940 cars".

Check out my photo album.

Mike in Colorado

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GM offered several different fog lights and driving lights in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The models offered had a range of sizes to appeal to a variety people with different tastes and budgets. All Guide models were available through a dealer's parts department. However, the auto make accessory brochure generally featured only one model of Guide light. Chevrolet offered a lot of accessories in order in increase the bottom line. I feel that any period correct Guide light would be correct for any GM auto.

There are lights made by BLC (BLC = Bright Light Company) that are the same as Guide lights. I believe BLC lights were made by Guide and offered under the BLC brand at auto parts stores, Sears, Wards, etc. The BLC lights are identical to Guide lights of the same model.

Grant mentions cats eye lights. As it turns out, there was an attractive aftermarket light called a Cats-Eye (made by an Ohio company) designed to compete with Guide's Super Ray driving lights. See the attached images of the Cat-Eye Model 8500, 7¾" lens, circa 1939.

Grandpa

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Danny,

The Firestone light could be a Guide / BLC made as a special order for Firestone. If it is of help to you, I can post pictures and measurements of a Guide Super Ray to confirm if the Firestone light is in fact a Guide light.

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Grandpa

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Guest Grant Magrath

I had a set of Unity fog lights on my 39 Chevy that were correct for a 37 onwards Ford.

Bought them in the early days of eBay for about 40 bucks!

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Anyone want to buy the red 38 Special? The Dodge is not for sale, however!

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Grant

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