Tested: Driving with WoodLites

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07 Sep 2021 16:30 #43850 by Joel
Tested: Driving with WoodLites was created by Joel
The question of how usable are the aircraft styled Woodlites comes up every now and then. So I decided to test them and do a video of it so everybody can judge for themselves. I bought this car that has wood lights on it a couple years ago, but I have never driven it at night as of yet So here you have it!


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07 Sep 2021 21:27 #43851 by Tim Gilmartin
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Excellent video, Joel!! Thank you for sharing,and proving that Woodlites ain’t that bad in the dark.
CORDially, Tim.

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08 Sep 2021 03:48 #43854 by Terry Cockerell
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Hi Joel, the lights are quite bright. Did you have them on high beam or just low beam? I'm guessing but the focal point of the lights on the road looks to be too close to the car and may need adjusting.
You have a fabulous looking L29 it's a real GEM.
Videos like this are what we need to share. In the near future I hope to make one of my 810 Cord when it is running again.
Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

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22 Sep 2021 21:45 #43927 by Joel
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Terry,
I had them on high. They were dim, and it was hit and miss as to whether they would even come on when I turned the switch. So I took the switch apart and cleaned it up good and built up the eroded contacts with solder. After I put the switch back together, the low beam didn't work. I dind't take it apart again for fear of breaking off the retainer tabs. I agree, they could use a little aiming.

I'm glad you guys like the video, it was fun to make.

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27 Oct 2021 06:58 - 18 Jun 2022 02:31 #44178 by shandratroy
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Joel wrote: The question of how usable are the aircraft styled Woodlites comes up every now and then. So I decided to test them and do a video of it so everybody can judge for themselves. I bought this car that has wood lights on it a couple years ago, but I have never driven it at night as of yet So here you have it! slope game

Nice ride Joel! Light looks good
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27 Oct 2021 22:24 #44184 by johnmereness
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My experience (via a Packard - ie. non -Cord) - the lights are just fine for usage as long as you have super good restored reflectors in silver plating or preferably in Uvira vacuum deposition aluminum ( Uvira, Inc., P.O. Box 1137, 310 Pleasant Valley Rd., Merlin, OR 97532. 1.541-956-6880), matched to great grounding and also bulbs with proper orientation . I was lucky to have a near perfect set of lights that I reworked to have really good results - and guessing people who complain are just not putting the time and money into getting their lights to work properly - takes a lot of thought, time, and money to get them to work. The lights probably worked great right out of the boox new and age on reflectors and people being careless caused lights a bad reputation.

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