Below are some photos of the original headlight parts from Miss April. How do I know they are original to the car? Answer: Look at the blue ink stamping on the bottom of the main headlight assembly. The A45 stamp is a date code for the 45th week of 1964. See my Date Code article for more information on date codes. Since that is about November of '64 and Miss June was completed in January of 65, that is perfect. Also, the date codes are the same, indicating that these are the original headlights.
Other than restoring the headlight rings (see previous blog post) and getting NOS sealed beam lights (see previous blog post), the rest is mainly cleaning and painting. I chose not to paint the underside/backside of the gray parts so that the original paint and stampings are still there. I did research several paints to get a close match to the original gray, and below is what I used. Also note that on the backside where the ink stamp is, I carefully cleaned, and then even waxed the paint. I think it came out pretty nice.
I hope to assemble at least one headlight this weekend and will post a final assembly shot.
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