Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
December 17, 2013

There's no subtle way to put it, but the majority of vintage Mustang owners have had their 40th birthdays long in their rear view mirror. Getting on in years, just like our beloved Mustangs, doesn't mean we have to limit our use of our steel Stallions. Better seating, power steering and brakes, and so on have all been popular upgrades to make the enjoyment of driving a vintage Mustang that much better as we age. Sure, in your 20s it was no big deal to muscle that steering wheel around and you had 20/20 night vision. Now a power steering conversion and better lighting means we can swing into that parking spot easier, plus see our gauges and the road in front of us much better after the sun goes down.

One simple upgrade to make driving your vintage Mustang safer and make you more visible—day or night—is better headlights. We've come a long way from the original sealed beam glass reflector headlamps found in all vintage Mustangs. Today, you have several options. From a halogen version of the original FoMoCo script headlight for show use to several different plug-in conversion kits for Halogen, Xenon, LED, and even HID, there's a lighting upgrade that will fit your Mustang's looks and your budget.

Of course, there's always a little give-and-take with any upgrade. The original Mustang headlight switch and wiring is marginal at best for the stock sealed beams, so upgrading to 55-watt H4 halogens usually means you learn all about the headlight circuit breaker blink of death. Ensuring your headlight wiring, connections, ground, charging system, and so forth are up to the task is just as important as determining just what lighting upgrade you want to install. We'll check out some of the most popular headlight options for vintage Mustangs that you'll find at CJ Pony Parts and what to look at when upgrading. We're sure you'll find something that suits your Mustang.

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There are a lot of fragile and small parts that make up the headlight mounting and adjustment on vintage Mustangs. A simple headlight swap can and will often lead to broken retaining rings, crusty adjustment screws that won’t budge, and more. Do yourself a favor and give your headlight buckets a good once over before ordering your new headlights and pick up new adjusters, attaching hardware, and the like while you’re at it. Save the curse words for some other project.