BearsFan315

1929 Chevrolet International - 4 Door Sedan Project

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i went with these bulbs based on my notes and research :) 

actually got my Original Stop/Tail lamp built and almost ready for Install !! just need to mount it and test it.

here are a the [pictures of the assembly, i bought the lens mounting kit for the clear lens. i also cleaned up the copper bars/strips, housing, etc to ensure a good clean ground and contact.

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A Look Inside before Bulbs

 

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Close Up of Tail Lamp Holder

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New Hardware for License Lens

 

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View of Clear License Lens

 

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NOS Lens, Gasket, Trim Ring

 

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New Clear License Plate Lens and Homemade Gasket

 

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New License Lens Installed with Gasket and NEW Hardware from Gary Wallace

 

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Close Up of Hardware, Gasket, and Lens

 

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Assembly

 

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Side View

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Angled View

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Tail Light Lens

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did a light CHECK as well to ensure the lights worked and there were NO issues at this point... everything worked like a charm :)

i used a set of clips and connected ground to the mounting bolt, then touched the positive to one of hte two points inside the bayonet connector.

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Light Test: Parking/ License Lamp

 

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Light Test: Stop Lamp

 

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Light Test: Parking/ License Lamp & Stop lamp

 

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Light Test: Parking/ License Lamp

 

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Light Test: Stop lamp

 

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Light Test: Parking/ License Lamp & Stop lamp

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spent some time planning out and working on the LED conversion for the other housing.  goal was I want it to LOOK original with the standard socket and all. just different guts :)

 

i was originally going to solder the wires directly to the brass/copper connectors on the socket, but as i got into it decided why NOT just shape them to fit a spade terminal !! this way i can unplug the wires and remove the LED board if needed for service, cleaning, etc... then i can trim the wires and solder and wrap the connectors onto the ends of the wires. one is tail, one for stop, and one for ground. put a lug on the ground then filed that to fit on the carriage bolt square. 

 

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backside of connector, shaped them to fit a spade connector

 

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lens, gasket & hardware installed

 

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round lug filed to fit square of carriage bolt for ground

 

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LED board all connected and bracket secured, ready for install

 

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close up of Grounding Lug on Carriage Bolt

 

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LED Board & Wiring all secured and ready for lens, bezel, and gasket

 

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a rear view of connector and housing

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got it all assembled and looking good !! i am VERY happy with the results.
 

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final light test of the LED board... this thing is BRIGHT !!

 

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View of the Tail Light Lit up

 

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View of the Stop Light Lit up

 

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View of the License Plate Lights Lit Up

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finally here are a few shots of them side by side for comparison.

 

They are 2 different lens, so they do look a little different. one is a NOS RELITE one is a Repro

 

I am pretty happy with them, i do have the stickers to apply to the glass to make it look more original. also gonna keep eye out on the Celluloid lens just in case.

 

now to install ONE on the car and move forward with restoration...

 

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front, top down view

 

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top angle view

 

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bottom angle view

 

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back view

 

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right side

 

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left side

 

pretty hard to tell them apart unless you look inside the plate lens to see the guts !! and that is what i want 

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cleaned up the lens and put on the CHEVROLET decal from TFS on my Original Tail/Stop Housing

 

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Decal Applied

 

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with Tail Light on

 

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Brake Light On

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finally mounted the NEW data serial plate to the floor panel where the original one was installed
 

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got the Stop/Tail Lamp Assembly installed last night

 

will have to test it next to ensure there is a GOOD ground !!

 

really starting to come together

 

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side view, you can see the signal lights as well

 

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head on shot with armor cable

 

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side view

 

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rear view of taillight and connection

 

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looking up from below

 

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general shot of taillamp

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Installed the Crank Hole Cover tonight on the Radiator Apron, this is the one i got from TFS and produced by C&P Automotive. it is very nicely done and fits good. also glad that the blacks match.

 

was a simple easy install !! and looks GREAT 

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broke out my NOS lens and cleaned them up to get ready to assemble the headlamps

 

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front of box

 

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rear of box

 

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part number on front of box

 

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close-up of lens

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got most of my parts sorted on the bench for assembly
 

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one headlamp  minus reflector

 

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bucket

 

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armor cable, pigtail, clamp

 

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lens, gasket, ring

 

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washer, nut, clamps

 

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small hardware

 

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assembly line

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can someone validate the thread diameter and thread per inch for the 1929 hub cap and mating thread.

unfortunately my thread gauge will not FIT in the area to measure it. looks to be approx 2-3/8" diameter. my thread gauge is the L-type worked great till now and it is too big @!

gonna have to order another thread pitch gauge (smaller compact style)

any easy way to chase the threads inside the cap to clean them up any ??

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5 minutes ago, BearsFan315 said:

any easy way to chase the threads inside the cap to clean them up any ?? 

Easy? Hmmm.

 

These are helpful. Use the teeth on the end for internal threads.

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here are some pictures of the original caps I have as well the hub on the car they screw onto.

 

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Wheel Hub OD

 

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Wheel Hub TPI

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Original Hub ID

 

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Original Hub Face

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put up a post to help ID the reflectors that i have so that i an find their owner.

 

i have bought a set of reflectors from fellow Member Chip, he packed and shipped them to me, I now have to take them over to the plater to get quotes on copper and nickel plate / polish. as well as the time frame to do so.

 

i did a test fit and went over them twice to ensure form fit function. bucket fitment, socket fitment, etc... 

 

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inside of the reflectors

 

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backside of the reflectors

 

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bucket fitment

 

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socket fitment

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dropped of my repro hub caps to see if a local shop could chase and clean up the threads. going by today to look and see how they are coming or not

 

also going to make a trip this week out to the plater to get a quote on getting the reflectors stripped, copper, nickel, and polished so i can send them out to Uvira for a second try.

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ok the plater wants $175 each to strip, clean up, copper, nickel, silver, polish.... about 3 weeks 

 

so $350 for finished complete Silvered Reflectors or Nickel Plated

 

i asked about only doing up to nickel, he said, same price either way ?!?  silver must be cheap or they are overcharging up front ?!?

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figuring all the work is in prep as it always is. stripping and filling in pits and doing copper coats.that is where it all is. I am ok since it will result in a superior finished product.

i got him down to $300 out the door...

think i am going to stop at the polished nickel so that i can get Bill (Uvira)to aluminize them, seems to be a superior quality and longer lasting product and no tarnish/polishing required :) 

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I might be misunderstanding, but I would get your finish criteria from Bill/Uvira.  This might save you a few $$ and provide the finish he prefers.  Can't see new Al over new Ag.

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On 5/20/2019 at 7:31 PM, frank29u said:

I might be misunderstanding, but I would get your finish criteria from Bill/Uvira.  This might save you a few $$ and provide the finish he prefers.  Can't see new Al over new Ag.

 

I am doing EXACTLY that bill requires. I have spoken to him many times before the original ones were sent, as well as since the incident of my lost reflectors. he needs a completely finished polished nickel surface. it is a vacuum alumization and a coating that goes. 

 

Bill used to do the entire process, but is older and slower now after his stroke, so has cut his leg work back to just the alumization vacuum process.  you can google vacuum aluminization for mirrors (telescope/microscope) and see how it works, pretty cool technology from the 70's THANKS NASA !!

 

he has done probably thousands of these since 1972 and is good at what he does and love what he does.

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well got a letter in the mail today from Bill (Uvira)

he refunded my money, as well as cost to ship my reflectors out to him !! 

he asked that i send him the set that was sent to me on accident. I am good with that, and hope they find their home

 

Have to say Bill has provided me TOP NOTCH customer service and i truly appreciate that !! something that you do NOT see or get much anymore anywhere.

 

now just have to wait for my reflectors to get done at the plater.... ZZZzzzzz

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