<VV> Headlight Upgrade

Bill H. gojoe283 at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 23 00:58:11 EDT 2010


Dave:  I upgraded the T-3s on my  '69 Monza almost as soon as I got it.  Those 
old sealed beams just don't cut it (literally, the darkness) any more than the 
old bias tires do for today's driving conditions.

I haven't had any problems from the 500x halogens I installed, and they are 
considerable brighter and better for nighttime driving.  In fact, I've seen the 
cost of genuine HID headlights go from around $600. down to around $150, and 
they make HIDs that are supposedly compatible with cars that run H5006 units.

None of these are orginal stock, but most people can't tell the difference.  I 
can't really tell a halogen from a T-3 unless they're lit and it's nighttime, 
that's when the halogens really "shine."

Sorry for the puns!  But I'd recommend halogens if you're driving your car at 
night.  One other thing, as you upgrade a car with more modern accessories, make 
sure your wiring and charging system (alternator) can handle the load.  When I 
added A/C to my '69, I upgraded the alternator to a high-amp unit with internal 
electronic regulator.  Clark's catalogue says the unit puts out around 65 amps 
(versus 35 stock), but the tech at Clark's told me it's more like 80-100...Bill 
Hershkowitz 69 Monza Coupe 110 PG


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