Need info on headlight glass replacement.

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steve raucher
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Need info on headlight glass replacement.

#1 Post by steve raucher » Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:23 pm

Hi Guys,
I have a WTB ad going now as I noticed a vertical crack on passenger glass headlight today. Speedster '58 model 150 from end of production. Has had the H4 bulbs forever. Am I beating a dead horse trying to find exact glass replacement? What left the factory?
Please see pictures and advise and thank you.
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#2 Post by Mike Wilson » Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:14 pm

I don't think those are original lenses. I believe the originals had the lettering in a curved or "happy face" configuration. As far as I know, no one had reproduced that style. There are sources for the ones on your headlights. Just be sure the lettering is raised on the outside rather than inside the glass.
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Re: Need info on headlight glass replacement.

#3 Post by Peter Silten » Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:28 pm

Steve,

The correct lenses for your car are the so-called happy face lenses, as noted by Mike Wilson. I have attached some photographs of that lens.
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Re: Need info on headlight glass replacement.

#4 Post by steve raucher » Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:21 pm

Thanks Mike and Peter for chiming in.
I think I found a replacement lens.
Cheers!
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Re: Need info on headlight glass replacement.

#5 Post by John Brooks » Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:26 pm

I found on on Simba a few months ago. They are still out there. I also found a yellow french set. just keep looking.
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Re: Need info on headlight glass replacement.

#6 Post by Mike Wilson » Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:34 pm

I find a lot of good parts on The Samba as well.
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Re: Need info on headlight glass replacement.

#7 Post by Jim Alton » Sun Dec 25, 2016 1:42 pm

The SB19 SB20 SB21 markings are correct for later cars--the NOS lenses on my early 911 have them.

Lenses with SB19 SB20 SB21 markings are available from the usual suspects. Sierra Madre Collection has the best price at $61.50: Sealed Beam Headlight Lens, All 356s/911/912 (50-67) 644.631.111.31.
 
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Re: Need info on headlight glass replacement.

#8 Post by Brad Ripley » Mon Dec 26, 2016 6:46 pm

There are the ones with the markings on the inside and the ones with the markings on the (correct) outside.

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