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Mike McGeehan
01-16-2014, 05:16 PM
What model of lights are mounted on the front fenders ?.....beautiful car.

James Fischer
01-16-2014, 05:24 PM
I believe those are Solaray Model 18 oscillating lights.........:rolleyes:

and,they are Kool lights...in my opinion..

Jacob M. Fournier
01-16-2014, 05:25 PM
Federal Model 18 Solar-Rays - behind the red lens, the bulb is constantly on, but mounted to a plate that oscillates up and down (driven by an electric motor), giving a wobble effect, instead of the usual flashing.

Mike McGeehan
01-16-2014, 05:33 PM
Jim and Jacob, you guys are quick.....Thank you !

Mike McGeehan
01-16-2014, 06:16 PM
....anyone willing to sell one or have a lead on one ?

James Fischer
01-16-2014, 07:00 PM
Mike,
here is one....not in the best shape but.....
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Federal-Signal-Model-18-Solaray-Vintage-Oscillating-Emergency-Light/251422555795?_trksid=p2050601.m2372&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3 D1%26asc%3D207%26meid%3D4168046364082088405%26pid% 3D100085%26prg%3D1112%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D25 1422555795%26%26clkid%3D4168047293841262505&_qi=RTM1562569

Mike McGeehan
01-16-2014, 07:02 PM
Mike,
here is one....not in the best shape but.....
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Federal-Signal-Model-18-Solaray-Vintage-Oscillating-Emergency-Light/251422555795?_trksid=p2050601.m2372&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3 D1%26asc%3D207%26meid%3D4168046364082088405%26pid% 3D100085%26prg%3D1112%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D25 1422555795%26%26clkid%3D4168047293841262505&_qi=RTM1562569


Pretty beat up. Thanks for the heads-up, James.

James Fischer
01-16-2014, 07:11 PM
yeah it is beat up...funny though this was on elightbars.org for 6 months,,,at $149.00,he lowered it in November to $109.00...guess it sold....
Now shows up on Ebay at over $200 bid....hmmmmm:o

Kevin Lynch
01-16-2014, 10:26 PM
I had two on my Pirsch on the front fenders. One had a red lens and one was clear. If you loosen the ring near the front, the whole front piece can rotate. Mine were set for one to go up and down, and the other sideways.
I have these in the front tunnel lights of my 75 Lifeliner.
Worth a lot! $$$

Skip Goulet
02-07-2014, 04:33 PM
They may be SolaRays, but they could also be PropelloRays, too. Hard to tell just by looking. Nice...and I love the Olds ambulance.

Skip Goulet
02-07-2014, 04:36 PM
What model of lights are mounted on the front fenders ?.....beautiful car.

Very nice old car, Mike. Any idea where Hess was from? Unusual to have the Superior bullets on top rather than C/B's torpedo lights.

I bought a '66 C/B Olds Seville ambulance in '77 from Summers Coach in Duncanvile, TX, and it had the only the base of a pair of the torpedo lights on the front fenders when I got the car, which had seen duty in Lake Charles, LA at Holston's Ambulance.

Darryl Thompson
02-07-2014, 08:23 PM
I have them flush mounted to the top of one of my rigs. I don't how I feel about pod mounted units on a car but on the bumper of a fire unit would look great.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV4eYzdq2GA&feature=youtube

I wish Youtube embedding worked a tad better here.

<iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pV4eYzdq2GA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>




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Paul Steinberg
02-07-2014, 10:17 PM
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I wish Youtube embedding worked a tad better here..

It isn't the website, but the way that the youtube video was posted, I believe. I have had the same problem from time to time, when I follow links. No matter what, I always manage to find the glitch, and fix them for the members.

Abe Bush
02-07-2014, 11:02 PM
I have them flush mounted to the top of one of my rigs. I don't how I feel about pod mounted units on a car but on the bumper of a fire unit would look great.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV4eYzdq2GA&feature=youtube

I wish Youtube embedding worked a tad better here.

<iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pV4eYzdq2GA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>




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Believe it or not, the best way to embed a youtube video is to simply post the long-form link without using the embed tool or coding. That's the only way I've ever gotten it to work properly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV4eYzdq2GA&feature=youtube

P.S. Very cool video Darryl, thanks for sharing!

Jim Vowell
03-01-2014, 12:08 PM
They may be SolaRays, but they could also be PropelloRays, too. Hard to tell just by looking. Nice...and I love the Olds ambulance.

Propello Rays had a chrome ring around the spinning lamp. They also took a "fog lamp" that gave a flat like beam. Restored a propello ray and powered it up close to a wall and that's exactly what the beam looked like-a moving propeller.

Jack Ramsey
06-17-2014, 03:25 PM
....anyone willing to sell one or have a lead on one ?
I plan to offer this after restoration. Undecided whether SolaRay or PropelloRay, but probably Propello since it's more rare. Will offer red or amber lens.
http://i458.photobucket.com/albums/qq304/fyrboy1/Federal%20PropelloRay/IMG_9059_zps68c81e5e.jpg (http://s458.photobucket.com/user/fyrboy1/media/Federal%20PropelloRay/IMG_9059_zps68c81e5e.jpg.html)

Paul Steinberg
06-17-2014, 03:55 PM
Propello Rays had a chrome ring around the spinning lamp. They also took a "fog lamp" that gave a flat like beam. Restored a propello ray and powered it up close to a wall and that's exactly what the beam looked like-a moving propeller.

Actually, the ring around the Propello-Ray light was silver plated, just like the reflectors on the old cars that used incandescent bulbs, instead of sealed beams. While chrome plating is very brilliant a finish, it doesn't reflect light as well as a silver plated ring.

The Propello-Ray lights have one major flaw, and that is that the bearing that the light head spins on is a bearing within a bearing, and sometimes doesn't work as well as it was designed. Federal chose to use a open bearing, and it would get gummed up with dirt, and as a result, it would cause the gear to wear out, and the bulb wouldn't turn. A number of years ago, I had the original phenolic gear reproduced in brass. I still have a few of these gears left. When I last tried to purchase the bearing, I was told that it was no longer in the system, which was their way of saying that it has been discontinued.