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Canadian 'Power Beam' headlight differences??


The following link is a forum (or rather sub-forum) that I am most often reading;

Performance Years Forums; 1970-1973 Firebird & TA tech

I came across this post (hotlinked) below yesterday:


Be aware that there were Canadian spec Power Beams that were a bit different in appearance from U.S. spec.


That quote was in the context of the larger single-headlight-system bulbs which a late sixties through mid seventies X-body, or early seventies F-body would have received at the factory.  


I was wondering if anyone here knew of these differences between Canadian and USA 'Power Beam' headlamps.

Thanks, in advance for any insight that anyone might be able to offer.



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I can't imagine differences in the lights as generally our lighting standards were aligned with the U.S. and we both have right-hand rule of road. Having said that, I do remember European cars (Peugeot, Renault) in the sixties with halogens & composite lights being allowed in Ontario when new, whereas in the U.S. they had to stick to their 1940 standards.

About 30 years ago I bought a set of Power Beams for a 4-lamp system from Bob Johnston Chev-Olds. They were in very dusty boxes. When I realized they had the old stock I returned to buy the larger combined high-low beam single unit headlights that would have come on contemporary GMs starting with the 1970 F-cars & the Monte Carlo. Unfortunately they had been sent off to Collins Automotive, but when I went to Collins Automotive the New-Old stock had already been sold. A set of Power Beams would be a nice detail in a 1970's GM restoration.

I'm going to have to dig out those Power Beams and have a good look at them.

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I think that the poster in that other forum meant that there was a physical characteristic which was different for Canadian 'Power Beam' headlamps.

I agree that it will be a nice detail;
Since my car is in a very slow stage, I have been selling off extra stuff via kijiji, and buying more correct stuff for my car, correct headlamps, and date coded mirrors are some of the more recent acquisitions.

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"no drivetrain option" car (same base drivetrain as GTO)
1:411 1970 Firebird Formulas originally sold in Canada

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I doubt there is any difference between Canada & US. If so, I suspect there'd be different part #'s.

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Here's an original Power Beam installed in it's original spot on a '70 Camaro SS396 L78 with 44,000 original miles.

70 Power Beam.jpg

It wasn't all roses as it spent part of it's life in the Florida elements, but it was a nice save with original stuff. Not over-restored, right down to the pitted original dual snorkel air cleaner (the LS6 kind). No gauges or spoiler, just 6-slot Rallys & a console. Plus an L78 & M21, 4.10:1  Positraction, and the original Don Allen Chevrolet cast emblem in the SS396-exclusive black rear cove.



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In garage, 296 cid inline six & TH350...

Cam, Toronto.


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thanks for this close up;
i will compare it against the ones I have to look for any physical difference.

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1:411 1970 Firebird Formulas originally sold in Canada

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Here's an NOS canadian bulb.power beamheadlight 001.JPGpower beamheadlight 003.JPG



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Thanks!!
I am seeing differences right there between the two pictures!!

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"no drivetrain option" car (same base drivetrain as GTO)
1:411 1970 Firebird Formulas originally sold in Canada

Luke 23: 39-43 / Ephesians 2: 8-9  / 1 Corinthians 2:12-14 / 2 Timothy 3:1-5;12



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unruhjonny wrote:

Thanks!!
I am seeing differences right there between the two pictures!!


 what about versus the ones I've sent you way?  I'd presume they would have been from Canadian cars.



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I dont really care what the differences are;
I havent dug out the ones I got from you out to compare against each other, let alone against known USA bulbs.

I just wanted to know what the differences might be.

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1970 Formula 400
Carousel Red on black (std) interior
"no drivetrain option" car (same base drivetrain as GTO)
1:411 1970 Firebird Formulas originally sold in Canada

Luke 23: 39-43 / Ephesians 2: 8-9  / 1 Corinthians 2:12-14 / 2 Timothy 3:1-5;12

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