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Folks, I am hoping someone can help me with this.  I have a searchlight on a 1950 Buick Estate Wagon and the housing has cracked and the light/rear view mirror portion does not stay 'set'.

 

Are these items still available?  Does anyone repair them?

 

Thanks in advance for any help!

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You have what Buick called a SAFETY LIGHT, a combination of an exterior rear view mirror + a 6-volt spotlight made by the Guide Lamp Company, a division of General Motors out of Anderson-Indiana at the time. They were adjustable from the interior of the car and built for the driver’s side only. The Safety Light was an approved dealer-installed accessory for Buick and other GM marques. Cadillac called it a Model S-18. Part numbers, mounting brackets depending on the contour of the door, rack length and grip-handle colors varied; listed under Group 9.773.

 

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Your best bet would be to keep an eye out on eBay or check with CHEVS OF THE 40S for replacement parts. You might have to remount your mirror on a replacement spotlight housing if your spotlight housing is cracked. Unity Manufacturing (out of Chicago-Illinois) and Appleton were competitors of Guide and I can’t tell you if their parts are interchangeable. Good luck.

 

https://www.ebay.com/b/Other-Vintage-and-Classic-Car-Truck-Lighting-Lamps/34207/bn_557946?rt=nc

https://www.chevsofthe40s.com/dept/Lights/cat/Spotlights.html

 

 Al Malachowski

BCA #8965

“500 Miles West of Flint”

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1 hour ago, 1953mack said:

You have what Buick called a SAFETY LIGHT, a combination of an exterior rear view mirror + a 6-volt spotlight made by the Guide Lamp Company, a division of General Motors out of Anderson-Indiana at the time. They were adjustable from the interior of the car and built for the driver’s side only. The Safety Light was an approved dealer-installed accessory for Buick and other GM marques. Cadillac called it a Model S-18. Part numbers, mounting brackets depending on the contour of the door, rod length and grip-handle colors varied; listed under Group 9.773.

 

 1885388305_1953cadillacspotlight.thumb.jpg.d1d166d32c8999e327667633a197a231.jpg

 

Your best bet would be to keep an eye out on eBay or check with CHEVS OF THE 40S for replacement parts for starters. You might have to remount your mirror on a replacement spotlight housing if you’re spotlight housing is cracked. Unity Manufacturing out of Chicago-Illinois was a competitor of Guide and I can’t tell you if their parts are interchangeable. Good luck.

 

https://www.ebay.com/b/Other-Vintage-and-Classic-Car-Truck-Lighting-Lamps/34207/bn_557946?rt=nc

https://www.chevsofthe40s.com/dept/Lights/cat/Spotlights.html

 

 Al Malachowski

BCA #8965

“500 Miles West of Flint”

 

Al, thank you for this... exactly what I was looking for!  I ended up purchasing an S 18 on Ebay for parts... the shaft on mine had cracked and would not stay in position.  I am hopeful of just scavanging the parts I need for mine and address the adjustment issue.

 

If you have a part # or any details for Buick spotlights, please let me know.  I had no idea there were so many variants made.

 

Thank you,

 

Chuck

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On 12/17/2020 at 5:25 AM, 1953mack said:

You have what Buick called a SAFETY LIGHT, a combination of an exterior rear view mirror + a 6-volt spotlight made by the Guide Lamp Company, a division of General Motors out of Anderson-Indiana at the time. They were adjustable from the interior of the car and built for the driver’s side only. The Safety Light was an approved dealer-installed accessory for Buick and other GM marques. Cadillac called it a Model S-18. Part numbers, mounting brackets depending on the contour of the door, rack length and grip-handle colors varied; listed under Group 9.773.

 

 1885388305_1953cadillacspotlight.thumb.jpg.d1d166d32c8999e327667633a197a231.jpg

 

Your best bet would be to keep an eye out on eBay or check with CHEVS OF THE 40S for replacement parts. You might have to remount your mirror on a replacement spotlight housing if your spotlight housing is cracked. Unity Manufacturing (out of Chicago-Illinois) and Appleton were competitors of Guide and I can’t tell you if their parts are interchangeable. Good luck.

 

https://www.ebay.com/b/Other-Vintage-and-Classic-Car-Truck-Lighting-Lamps/34207/bn_557946?rt=nc

https://www.chevsofthe40s.com/dept/Lights/cat/Spotlights.html

 

 Al Malachowski

BCA #8965

“500 Miles West of Flint”

FYI, Unity still makes lights to fit many classic cars.

https://www.unityusa.com/Vintage-Classic-Lights_c_129.html

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