Headlights

Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:34 pm

Hello everyone, hoped you could help me with a question. What years (or serials) of Cubs had the teardrop headlights vs which Cubs had the sealed beam?

No matter what I do, I have always ended up owning Cubs that had the headlights stolen off them by the PO.

Right now, I'm trying to get my 61 correct.

Chris

Re: Headlights

Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:55 pm

The lights were changed through the years, 47-early 54, had bulbs, late 54-early 58 flatbacks were a bulb inside of sealed lens, late 58 -early 64 are 6volt seald beam, later 64 up 12 volt sealded beam
Tim

Re: Headlights

Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:18 pm

There were at lest 2 different style 6 volt sealed beam lights one that has a plug in the back and one that has the wires going into the light

Re: Headlights

Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:23 pm

The change from tear drop to the flat back sealed units was approved 5/28/52, but they probably weren't actually used for quite a while. They may have started at serial 165153 when the ground wire was added to the harness.

It appears that the 12-volt round lights had the sockets and the 6-volt ones were directly wired. To add confusion, after the change to 12-volt, a socketed 6-volt light was available with a pig tail to fit the 6-volt version of the harness. There were 2 suppliers of both the 6 and 12-volt lamps. It appears that the 6s were predominantly from one supplier and the 12s from the other.

Re: Headlights

Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:37 pm

I had a 63 model with the pigtail

Re: Headlights

Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:03 pm

So Jim-That serial# would be mid-'53,right? Most of the '53 Cubs I've looked at had the early sealed-beam lights.
Mike

Re: Headlights

Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:18 pm

Yeah, that would be a couple months or so into 1953. Again, I don't have anything that says when they actually made the change, just the approval date which was evidently well before the actual change.

Re: Headlights

Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:34 pm

Thanks,Jim. As usual,you have a wealth of knowledge.
Mike