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Euro-Light Alternative (Rambling Story...)
Igor Kessel, aka: email@example.com wrote (in regard to the quad-
headlight setup from the earky 5K series):
> I have a perfect quad set, that came off my ex-5000s '85 FWD. On that
> car I went through (an admittedly dumb) trapezoid DOT 9004 headlight
> conversion. Did not improve the lighting a bit, although looked better.
> If anyone is interested in following Scott's suggestion, you can have
> those complete quad assys. Make me a (reasonably low) offer.
Folks, this is a GOOD suggestion from Scott and Igor. Unka Bart, may
I borrow your story-tellin' hat fer a moment?? Thanks aw'fly....
Now friends, back in 1977 I bought a chevy Monza Spyder, 305 V-8 and
lotsa git-along (currently for sale, check my web page...). Anyhow,
I immediately decided the headlights were the original dim bulbs, and
changed them. This car had the small quad rectangular headlights,
just like the early 5K series. What I did was this - for
high beams, I put in new GE halogen sealed-beams. For LOW beams, I
bought a set of Hella headlights for $41.95....1977 price. I must
say that this combination of lights was extremely effective!!!!
The story continues: since I realized in November that I was going to
sell my long-treasured Monza Spyder, I decided "Why sell those great
old Hella lights with it? They'll fit my '85 Chevy pickup. I pulled
the Hella lights (same set of 9003 lamps as installed in 1977 - how's
that for longevity??) and re-installed a standard set of low beams.
Here, the story gets quirky: I was in Washington, and needed to get
those headlights to Texas. How to do it? I decidd to go for broke
and look for the *original* box! I clearly remembered that I had
put the factory lights into the Hella box and stored them. I went
into the house, and said, "Dad, do you have any idea where the box
for those Hella lights in my Spyder might be?"
He put on his coat, and we went out to his shop. Looked in "the
headlight dept."...no luck. Then we went into our big storage barn,
and he looked around for a moment, pensively. Then pointed at a tire
leaning against a nondescript, dusty open-front plywood storage unit.
He said "look behind that tire." Voila! A bright yellow, 1977
Hella headlight box - with original Chevy headlights tucked neatly
into the styrofoam recesses for the Hellas. Also in the box were the
installation instructions and all original packing materials, waiting
for me since 1977. Is this a system, or WHAT??? (I should know
better than to ask that...)
So I used the original Hella box inside a larger box and shipped
the lights to TX with no damage. BTW - Hella also included an
adapter which plugged into the Chevy sockets, and which neatly
adapted the Chevy wiring to work with the 9003 lamps. They work just
as well on my '85 pickup!!
Actually, I was mainly looking for a chance to tell this story...19
years is a long time for something like this to wait for me...
But the point (if any) is: The quad headlights with a good set of
Hella aftermarket headlights and a set of sealed-beam halogen high
beams are DAMN good!!!! I can attest to it, and I can prove it!! Any
of you who wanna some to Bryan TX, drink a Shiner Bock with me and
check the headlights in that ole Chevy pickemup truck will be
I now return the story-tellin' hat to Unka Bart, with thanks.
Al Powell, Ph.D. Voice: 409/845-2807
107 Reed McDonald Bldg. Fax: 409/862-1202
College Station, TX 77843
"The secret to keeping winning streaks going is to maximize
the victories, while at the same time minimizing the defeats".
(J. Lowenstein, Baltimore Orioles Outfielder)