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Old 05-16-2019, 10:39 PM
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Somewhere on this site, I read that the rear trim rings on an S&S Ambulance were actually a headlight ring off maybe a Ford? Anyone have any specific info on what they actually are?
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They look very similar to a 1967 Pontiac Bonneville, but you should take one off and look for a casting number on the inside. With that, I might be able to give you more information.
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I was given to understand that those were 1971 Cadillac headlamp bezels.
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He's asking about the trim rings (around the bulb itself), not the mounting bezels.
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He's asking about the trim rings (around the bulb itself), not the mounting bezels.
The ring around the bulb could be any one of 4 different configurations that were used to hold the sealed beam headlights into the headlamp assembly. There are two different cut outs for the tabs that are casted into the bulb so you can only use the correct bulb (either high beam or high / low beam bulb), and then each bulbs location had the tabs in different locations to properly locate the bulb in its proper location on the car. Now, if they are using the red bulb with the screw tabs on the rear, that particular sealed beam will fit into any of the 4 housings. It is a difficult thing to visualize with only words, but once you see the 4 different housings, it readily becomes apparent how the system works in the headlamp configuration. I would need to see a bulb mounted in the body, without the chrome trim ring to be able to determine which was used. Once again, look for a part number stamping on any of the parts that you have, and check to see if they are the same on the left and the right (passenger) side.
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I would go with the 71 caddy bezels. But the give away would be do they have the notches for the screwdriver to pass threw. If they used a car bezel they would be there.
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They have the holes that look like they are for adjusting a headlight, one on top and one on the side. As always, appreciate your input.
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Here is a photo of the back of the trim bezel on the rear tunnel lights.
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Guide IS GM and thats a GM part number. I don't have a 71 Cadillac parts book if someone does easy to check number.
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The ring is something that they made up themselves, so send them out and have them re-plated. Same with the bezels, yours are in good enough shape to have them plated also. The bezel is a 1971 inner (high beam) bezel. That bezel has long ago been discontinued, so even if you found a NOS one, it would cost more than having that one plated. It is only money when you go down the rabbit hole restoring a car.
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