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I have a couple of questions. Does anyone know if the Federal Beacon Model 184 can be installed de-mountable? Does anyone know where I might obtain a Federal 184 in good condition? If someone has one for sale send me a PM or email.
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There are always 184s on eBay in various condition.
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any one of the federal lights were offered in the demount able configuration.

all they did was use a top plate reversed under the light to hold things together. then mounted the hollow peg and run the wires threw. for fasting it to the car.

superior and Eureka both built there own bases. rather then buy the ready made light from Federal
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superior and Eureka both built there own bases. rather then buy the ready made light from Federal
They did that so they would only have to keep permanent mounts in stock instead of both styles.
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I have a couple of questions. Does anyone know if the Federal Beacon Model 184 can be installed de-mountable? Does anyone know where I might obtain a Federal 184 in good condition? If someone has one for sale send me a PM or email.
Contact Gary Cahill at www.rescuemarket.com he's got about anything you need, reasonably priced.
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Contact Gary Cahill at www.rescuemarket.com he's got about anything you need, reasonably priced.
Thanks for the information. I will check with him, maybe he will have one. I had thought about a CJ184 but I don't think I have seen one on a combination before. I think the 184 would be a better choice.
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Does anyone know if the Federal Beacon Model 184 can be installed de-mountable? Does anyone know where I might obtain a Federal 184 in good condition?
What make/model car is this for?

All procars have roof contours to deal with - some more pronounced than others - so the skirt will need to be trimmed to fit. A 184 has little skirt to trim. Every demountable 184 I've seen has been a 184-HD (H = high skirt, D = demountable) to accommodate the necessary trimming. Those are hard to find; plus, it/they might not be trimmed to fit your particular car. (A 184-H can be converted to be demountable, if needed.)
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Thanks for the information. I will check with him, maybe he will have one. I had thought about a CJ184 but I don't think I have seen one on a combination before. I think the 184 would be a better choice.
I've only seen one demountable CJ184 in my life, and it wasn't made by Federal. On a 1974 Seville combination, a standard CJ184 was mounted to a demountable base that was built/provided by C/B...I can only imagine how heavy it was. Remember that a CJ can't be trimmed with the speaker in place; even with the speaker removed, you would have a skirt full of holes.
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a 174 or 175 would be a better choice if one wanted a 4 bulbe rotater. the problem with the 184 is they are a big heavy light with a globe that brakes easily. I made the one on the stoner demountable so I could get the rig in my garage. but till it went east the light was mosly in the closet. then wih the problem Steve mentioned you would almost have to mount it in the center of the car.
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What make/model car is this for?

All procars have roof contours to deal with - some more pronounced than others - so the skirt will need to be trimmed to fit. A 184 has little skirt to trim. Every demountable 184 I've seen has been a 184-HD (H = high skirt, D = demountable) to accommodate the necessary trimming. Those are hard to find; plus, it/they might not be trimmed to fit your particular car. (A 184-H can be converted to be demountable, if needed.)
The car is a '70 Cadillac M-M Combination. There is some contour, not as much as some. I have a '73 Cadillac M-M Combination which seems to have a little more contour. I am not familiar with the skirt on the 184. I like the look of the 184 but it might not be a good idea to try one on this car. I have a model 17 and a 174 or 175. It is not the hill light which I think is the 175. I trust the judgement from you guys that's why I asked the question here.
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