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Hot Rods Back up light ideas

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bob giles, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. bob giles
    Joined: Dec 4, 2007
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    I order to comply with the title requirements for Pennsylvania, I need to have back up lights. Who has a idea?
     

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  2. mr.chevrolet
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    i dont have back-up lights. doesnt seem to be a problem in Washington Co.
     
  3. czuch
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    from vail az

    They have little auxilary headlights that work great.
     
  4. anteek
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    Get some 24v aircraft landing lights. Put in 2 extra batteries wired thru a relay and melt plastic grills on tailgaters. has worked for years.
     

  5. grovedawg
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    Man that SUCKS! More regulations everyday! And there really isn't anywhere to hide them inconspicuously is there?
     
  6. Mike51Merc
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    No reverse lights on my car here in Pa and nobody ever asked. With Antique and Classic Plates you only need to comply with year-of-manufacture equipment.

    Unless, perhaps you're going for Street Rod plates for a home-built vehicle and they're holding you to the standards for the year of the engine.
     
  7. grovedawg
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    As much as I hate it can you run some small LED's around the license plate. Hide them as much as possible but still pass inspection?
     
  8. jcmarz
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    More "Big Brother"
     
  9. plym_46
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    from central NY

    How can Pa mandate retrofiting equipment not there at the time the vehicle was manufacured??? Do they make old mopars change over from their single trunk mounted stop light?? They are worried about reversing lights that weren't generally available till the mid 50's but they don't care about the lack of windshield wipers???

    Go retro and mount a couple clearence lights to your lower shock mounts and a toggle switch on your shifter.....

    Or mount a strip of led's on your tailgate and then remove them after the paper work is done.

    From Penn Dot

    INSPECTION
    Classic vehicles are subject to an annual vehicle safety inspection. Antique vehicles operated exclusively
    between sunrise and sunset are exempt from the normal lighting requirements of the Pennsylvania Vehicle
    Code, but must have their original lighting equipment. Antique vehicles are not subject to the annual vehicle
    safety inspection. Antique and classic vehicles are not subject to emissions inspection
     
  10. Mayor of G-Vegas
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    They make tag bolts with lil led lights in them . Get a white set and put them on a switch
     
  11. I installed small oval shaped driving lights for backups.Kit came with fuse,relay and wires.$29 I think.We have Princess Auto up here,but maybe a surplus store may have them.Auto parts store too,but most likely more money
     
  12. 49ratfink
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    get on ebay and find some GM backup lights from the 40's. they are in little chrome bullets with a cool lens. some came with a little chrome stand as well. Chevrolet used them up til 1950. in 51 they were just the lens and a chrome bezel, which might look OK on your rolled pan.
     
  13. rainh8r
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    I like the GM backup lights from the 40's through early 50's. Bullet shaped chrome housing with their own base, rigged on a switch, glass lens, looks right.
     
  14. 49ratfink
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    from California

  15. Von Rigg Fink
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    Tell em you only go forward in your hot rod..unless its to back over a beaurocrat, and run back over him again:eek:

    hell my 53 didnt even come with them as functioning equipment..it was an option

    add on shit is such a drag, and looks so much like an after thought..sorry they are bing so dickey
     
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  17. evol55
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    I don't have back up lights and I'm in Pa. I was told by the inspector that if it was not on the car as standard and only an option then you don't need it for the year of the car.
     
  18. 1950ChevySuburban
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    WalMart has those chrome bullets cheap. They look OK.
     
  19. d2_willys
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    from Kansas

    Get those cheapo 2 for $3 LED flashlights and hang them out there. Wire up a switch and you are in business. They will probably say they are tooooo bright!
     
  20. chopperfugger
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    from austin

    Is reverse gear required?
     
  21. grovedawg
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    Best idea yet. Do the least amount of work/cost to pass inspection and rip that crap off as soon as you're papered.
     
  22. 48 Chubby
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    Go buy two of the cheapest lights you can find, hang a couple wires and a switch to the battery. Then go get your paper work, drive home and take that crap off.
    Just what I would do.
     
  23. 48 Chubby
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    Go buy the cheapest lights you can find, clamp them on, run a couple of wires through a switch to the battery. Go get your paper work straight, then drive home and take that crap off.

    What I would do any way.
     
  24. brad chevy
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    To everybody saying he does"nt need them because of the year it is,well anybody including an inspector can see this is not a stock,original vehicle so he does have to follow the state guidelines. Go down to your nearest motorcycle shop and pick up a couple of the small,not L.E.D. driving lights and mount them up underneath where you want and be done with it. The lights are about the size of a half dollar.
     
  25. Any truck stops near by? Go into the chrome shop, there you will find your choice of hundreds of lights, should be able to find one to your likings. :D TR
     
  26. HOTFR8
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    Not very clear in this photo but you can see the reverse lights I used on my T Roadster. I just looked round to see what I could find and these are similar to a Ford Escort from about 1970's and fitted in nicely with the tail lights I used. If you look hard enough you will also see a 3rd brake light hidden under the roll bar.

    Some of the aftermarket LED's look good and could be hidden so as not to obvious.
     
  27. rancid737
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    how about this lenz in this type of housing plus a beauty ring? always thought it would make a good tail light assy.....
     

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  28. bob giles
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    Thanks for the suggestions. This is what I came up with. $13 for TRUCK LITE lights.
     

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