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Rear Combo Light Questions.

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Aaron

04-26-2002 18:21:52




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At one point in time, I came across a rear combination light that was rather different than others I had sceen on AC tractors, or any for that matter. I know about the ones like the letter series Farmalls had that had the switch inside and the knob outside. I also know about the bullet light that Oliver and AC used as well. However, this light was different in that the clear (work light) lens was on the bottom of the housing (facing down) and then the red road "warning" lens was of course, facing out. The red lens was held in place with a rather stiff wire retainer. There was no switch there, it had one simple wire lead going to the light switch, and I couldn't understand why it was made that way. Someone had told me it was AC's first attempt at a combination light of sorts, which I do not know this if is correct or one man's opinion. Like I said, both lights were contained in the same housing, "operated" by the same bulb at eh same time, different lens colors with red out, white down. Any help with info, availability, location, models used on would be much appreciated. Thanks a lot in advance.

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Eric Egland

04-30-2002 01:52:22




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 Re: Rear Combo Light Questions. in reply to Aaron, 04-26-2002 18:21:52  
I'm now not sure which lamp you have. Is the clear lens the round one or the curved rectangular one? My B has the round clear lens for the work light, pointing down at a 45 deg. angle. The ruby lens then kinda shows to the rear for a weak warning lamp. I thought that this was ingenious and simplicity at it's finest when I got the B. I feel that the lamp with the round lens being red is off of automotive application.

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Fruitfarmer

04-29-2002 17:19:34




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 Re: Rear Combo Light Questions. in reply to Aaron, 04-26-2002 18:21:52  
My 1951 B, serial #96511 has mostly original paint and original accessories. It has the tail light you speak of mounted on an L-shaped bracket under the rear seat frame in the middle. The bottom lens is a rectangular, curved, clear glass. The large round lens is red! This lens is held by a round wire bail. In the tool box in front of the battery was a well wrapped round clear lens that fits this tail lamp. I am the second owner of this tractor. It had never left the farm I owned since the tractor was new, until recently, when I moved. The only other model AC tractor I have seen having this light are the model C's. Buick tail lights from the 1930's have similar lights and identical lenses.

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Eric Egland

04-26-2002 20:16:16




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 Re: Rear Combo Light Questions. in reply to Aaron, 04-26-2002 18:21:52  
My B sn 555xx, has that type lamp. The ruby lens was cracked, but repaired nicely with superglue.



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Eric Egland

04-26-2002 20:16:14




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 Re: Rear Combo Light Questions. in reply to Aaron, 04-26-2002 18:21:52  
My B sn 555xx, has that type lamp. The ruby lens was cracked, but repaired nicely with superglue.



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Bryan Smith

04-29-2002 06:09:51




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 Re: Re: Rear Combo Light Questions. in reply to Eric Egland, 04-26-2002 20:16:14  
That shows up in the B parts manual. It was originally mounted in the center under the seat, but the manual says it could be moved to one side and bolted to one of the seatback bolt brackets to get it out of the way of the implements. I would like to have one for my B ...!



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Steve in N.J.

04-29-2002 18:27:28




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 Re: Re: Re: Rear Combo Light Questions. in reply to Bryan Smith, 04-29-2002 06:09:51  
I have the same lamp under my 48' B. Bryan is right, I've seen that listed in the B parts manual also, and it's used up to a certain serial # then it was changed to a small clear "beehive" lamp. I believe the parts manual said it was changed around late 51' or early 52'.. I have a new rear lamp I installed on my B that is very close to that original. A friend of mine has a 52' B that he bought new and it still has the original lamp on it which is the clear "Beehive" style that they show in the parts manual as the second design.

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Bryan Smith

04-30-2002 05:55:29




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Rear Combo Light Questions. in reply to Steve in N.J., 04-29-2002 18:27:28  
Steve, where di you find the new lamp that was close to the original and how much was it? Might like one for mine.



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Dana

04-29-2002 19:11:05




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Rear Combo Light Questions. in reply to Steve in N.J., 04-29-2002 18:27:28  
My '47 model C has this type of light on it. I searched for quite a while before finding a replacement for my tractor that I've been restoring. Based on what I paid for it, these seem to be made of "un-obtainium" as they are worth nearly their weight in gold...



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