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HelloKitty65

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The search for the ultimate Koito clear bib light lenses may be ending.

I tried refurbishing my old, I tried reproductions which were hit and miss (but serviceable). I found some pretty nice used ones with minimal cracking, but broken tabs. I'd like to repair those. I tried biddng on one (1) NOS lens on FleaBay. I choked and dropped out at 80, it went for over 100. Then, out of the blue, a pair, NOS, 'buy it now' priced. At last! Haven't got 'em yet. One looks a bit dirty, they aren't in their packaging, but they do look good.
I think I like they actually have a bit of crackling. Here is the better of the two.
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This one may not be marked SAE, but it does appear to be otherwise correct.
 
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The search for the ultimate Koito clear bib light lense may be ending.

I tried refurbishing my old, I tried reproductions which were hit and miss (but serviceable). I found some pretty nice used ones with minimal cracking, but broken tabs. I'd like to repair those. I tried biddng on one (1) NOS lense on FleaBay. I choked and dropped out at 80, it went for over 100. Then, out of the blue, a pair, NOS, 'buy it now' priced. At last! Haven't got 'em yet. One looks a bit dirty, they aren't in their packaging, but they do look good.
I think I like they actually have a bit of crackling. Here is the better of the two.View attachment 2085251
This one may not be marked SAE, but it does appear to be otherwise correct.
I may be wrong but originals had “Koito” logo embossed differently. My NOS pair looks like below.

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HelloKitty65

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I would say you did great.
You been going to church?
Send some prayers for us to get some NOS parts down here in the southern Baptist division of Toyota!
Ha,
Mike
I _have_ been going to church (less summer trips and such). I thought LC Gods were somewhat distinct from Jesus, but if he's behind this, I'll go a lot more.
This actually worried me. I thought I might of died and gone to heaven, or it was a set-up, a cosmic granting of some bliss before checkout time.
 

HelloKitty65

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The NOS clear bib lenses I found from a seller in Thailand arrived. In addition to the noted Koito font differences, they say "Japan" instead of our "Made in Japan" lenses. In the 40 series tools, this would be a big clue as to date. Don't know if that applies here. It may just be a country-market thing.

Also in the picture, an NOS 30 AMP Pacifica fuse. It seems that while early glass fuses where color coded, the color code for 30 amps was..... no color at all.
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