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Lukens
11-20-2012, 08:35 AM
I bought my TR3A from a true Brit. It has Lucas driving lights that he described as period correct... one's a spot and the other's a flood.
Is this correct?

Lukens
11-20-2012, 04:07 PM
Come on, no one?

Mickey Richaud
11-20-2012, 04:09 PM
They do look like the ones back when, and I'm sure some folks bought one of each.

Nice addition to the front of the car!

jessebogan
11-20-2012, 04:31 PM
The one with a clear lens is an SLR, long range lamp (driving light) The fluted lens is an SFT fog lamp. If they are Gen-U-ine Lucas lamps, there will be a date code on them someplace. Repros generally don't have one. Lenses may say "made in England". These are good repro, OR older genuine. Sometimes the lenses will say "Foreign Glass", these appear to be made in the 70s.They should be on separate switches.

Keoke
11-20-2012, 05:35 PM
WWell thar is the way the Brits did it

Andrew Mace
11-20-2012, 06:01 PM
True, that IS the way the Brits did it...but they were on the other side of the road! Logic dictates that the fog lamp should be on the side of the car closer to the edge of the road and the driving lamp closer to the middle of the road -- if you have just the one of each. And that's what I plan to do...someday...when I get around to it...on my Herald, since I finally found the amber-lens 576 fog lamp I've been wanting for years (call me traditional)! :D:driving:

DrEntropy
11-20-2012, 06:11 PM
Had a set on the first MGB, haven't yet found replacements for the current one. Pencil beam on driver's side, fog on passenger's. Very proper and period correct.

Lukens
11-20-2012, 08:07 PM
Thanks fellows. Neat info.
Maybe I'll switch mine just to be correct.

DrEntropy
11-21-2012, 09:25 AM
Housings are the same, just swap the glass envelopes.

Basil
11-21-2012, 10:15 AM
True, that IS the way the Brits did it...but they were on the other side of the road! Logic dictates that the fog lamp should be on the side of the car closer to the edge of the road and the driving lamp closer to the middle of the road -- if you have just the one of each. And that's what I plan to do...someday...when I get around to it...on my Herald, since I finally found the amber-lens 576 fog lamp I've been wanting for years (call me traditional)! :D:driving:

That makes sense. I've seen lot of British cars with one driving light and one fog light - never occurred that it make a difference which side they are one.

coldplugs
11-21-2012, 11:16 AM
Housings are the same, just swap the glass envelopes.

I had Lucas driving/fog lights (576 series) on various cars in the sixties (recently sold my last NOS pair) and the lenses were easily changed. The bulbs were different - the fog light bulb had a shield over the top.

There was no one "correct" mix, at least in the US. Some guys used pairs of fogs, some one of each, etc. FWIW, I don't remember manufacturers mixing them. I used to swap lenses and bulbs depending on the season.

DrEntropy
11-21-2012, 11:47 AM
I was making the assumption the bulbs would "travel" WITH the glass/metal envelopes.