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By Mike and Larry

By Mike and Larry

02.27.16 How-to

How to Install Flame-Throwers

02.27.16 How-to

In the golden age of car customization, the fanciest headlights you could purchase were a set of Lucas Flame-Throwers. They differed widely from standard seal beams in that they have clear glass fronts for high beam use instead of fluted glass with ribs designed to break up, or control the light pattern. Where the seal beam is built as a complete unit which includes filaments, a reflector and a front lens all in one unitized package, the Lucas retains a separate bulb. The high gloss chrome reflector and a front lens form a separate unit.

Another major difference is that the Lucas uses a small auxillary reflector built into the front lens which focuses the light onto the larger reflector at the rear of the unit. This again helps concentrate the beam and provides superior road illumination. The reflector has led a number of customizers to adopt a "poor man's Lucas", just an accessory bullet cemented to the center of a seal beam. For some reason, this accessory bullet seems to be a prime target for souvenir hunters at auto shows.

To install the bulbs, the Alexander Brothers first remove the headlight bezels and retainers. The socket which plugs into the American type seal beam is snipped off and disguarded. You'll save a little time by noting which wire goes where and marking it.

Lead tips can be crimped onto a bared wire-tip, or soldered. The soldering method provides a much better electrical connection and this is the method preferred by the Alexander Brothers.

The rest is more or less routine: insert the bulbs into the lamps, twist on the retainer-connectors, press in the wire tips. Then install the Lucas lamps just as you would the seal beam units. You will then have the neatest set of lights in town.

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