Sealed Beams on SC

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Re: Sealed Beams on SC

Postby VinceD » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:11 pm

I will try and check tomorrow and let you know.
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Re: Sealed Beams on SC

Postby Matt Kirsch » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:45 pm

Standard 4411/4511 "PAR36" sealed beams will fit the pancake housings with a little modification. All you need to do is follow my How-To up in the How-To forum.

I did the conversion on my Super H and they work great.
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Re: Sealed Beams on SC

Postby Xperimental » Thu May 09, 2013 9:50 pm

Thanks Matt, I took a look at your "how to". I think I will try this approach with my 1956 Cub. Where can I find the gasket material you used?
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Re: Sealed Beams on SC

Postby Matt Kirsch » Mon May 13, 2013 2:01 pm

Those are replacement gaskets for the pancake light housings, purchased from OEM Tractor Parts.

Since then, I've found that the "sealed beam" lights are not sealed beams at all!!!

I have a bunch of burned out pancake bulbs, and I needed a lens for the conversion lights on my Dad's W-400.

The pancake bulb is a steel reflector crimped over a glass lens. Inside the "bulb" is a complete separate light bulb, like the ones inside the older-style bullet lights!!!

The problem is you can't get to the real light bulb without destroying the pancake bulb in the process.

For want of a $2 light bulb you have to throw away a $40+ pancake light... Who says non-serviceable, throwaway, proprietary, planned obsolescence is a new idea?
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Re: Sealed Beams on SC

Postby Xperimental » Mon May 13, 2013 4:11 pm

I have heard that it is possible to open the original sealed beam and replace the bulb, but I have never tried this. I will look for the gasket material at OEM. Thanks
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Re: Sealed Beams on SC

Postby Matt Kirsch » Thu May 16, 2013 12:12 pm

One of my rainy-day projects is to figure out a way into one of those bulbs without destroying it, and rebuild it as one of those conversion bulbs.
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