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Hot Rods Front Turn signal ideas

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by harleycontracter, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. harleycontracter
    Joined: Aug 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,816


    What can I use for front turn signal lights on a 60's look Deuce roadster?

    Pics , Ideas or lights you have for sale
  2. robber
    Joined: Nov 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,800

    from Colorado

    After using motorcycle indicator lights originally, I switched to these trailer marker lights and put them in the grill. They are small, don't detract from the car and work well.:)

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  3. pecdaddy
    Joined: May 23, 2010
    Posts: 197


    I'm gonna go with cowl lights. Yes the headlights have turn signals in them, borrowed them from my '32 for mockup (it was down for repairs anyway).

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  4. damagedduck
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 2,342

    from Greeley Co

    i just picked these last week,{i don't know why??} but could make blinker out of the top lenses.....

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  5. perk30
    Joined: Jun 22, 2009
    Posts: 321


    I moved my cowl lights to the front of the frame in front of the radiator and put amber lenses in them. Nice and bright and real visable.
  6. 343w
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 1,450


    If it's the 60"s you are going for, put your arm out the driver's window and signal. That's the way we did back then! Do they even require hand signals on the driver's license exam anymore?
  7. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 7,903


    I put them in the headlamps, amber bulbs are bright enough and unobtrusive.
  8. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    We used a pair of early Guide backup lamps that look like miniature car headlamps on the 32 3W coupe. They are mounted in the fender ledge just ahead of the radiator shell. Put amber bulbs in them and they work really well, very bright.
    The 3Ws Guide headlamps have the parklamps on top of them.
  9. Kerrynzl
    Joined: Jun 20, 2010
    Posts: 2,284


    Put some amber LED's inside [dummy ] brake scoops on drum brakes
    They are difficult to spot when not being used
  10. Ed Wrath
    Joined: Dec 24, 2008
    Posts: 298

    Ed Wrath

    On the right car, a pair of fog lamps work well.........

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  11. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,217


    Put them where the idiots can see them....I had too many close calls with small lights placed where they are not looking.

    In your area, the guy who usually has some cool old lights for sale is Russ Schaller. Maybe call him before he sets up to sell at Stafford on the 15th.

    Mine came from Russ. They have faceted clear lenses in front and mini red jewels facing the rear, and are pretty bright. Not a normal place for 32 signals, but I don't care:) I want them to be seen. (yes I know yours is fenderless)

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    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 1,113


    I've been hunting around for something myself. I'd really just like some nice, simple round ones with amber lenses and a chrome housing. On a short stalk. Subscribed.
  13. Fog lights make excellent turn signals,,they are not right for every application but they are big enough to see. HRP

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  14. Not in Missouri they don't, still legal but they don't even have them in the drivers manual.

    This is correct though turn signals were not an issue with jalopies in the '60s, at least not where I lived. What I may do is run them on the rear and let whomever is in front of me wonder.
  15. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
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  16. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 5,568

    from Oregon

    Those are a pretty nice copy! I'm running originals of the same, but refitted with newer lamps and sockets.
  17. aussie oldie
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 400

    aussie oldie

    I got these mini bullet ones from a Harley shop. Led and bright as all shit.
  18. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,556


    I had a pair of bike turn signals on my T in the 70's and they worked well. Those came out of the taken off to customize 5.00 box at a bike shop.
    They make them small enough and bright enough how that you can mount them discretely on the front of a fenderless car and they still can be seen when they are on in the daytime. But I'd rather be seen or have my intentions seen rather than think I was too cool to run visible turn signals or stop lights for that matter.
  19. skidsteer
    Joined: Mar 19, 2007
    Posts: 1,251


    Vintique sells halogen headlites with turn signals built right in, you can't see them inside the headlight until you turn them on. Nice thing is you can get them in stainless steel Model A buckets, a nice touch.
  20. Tommy's Cycle
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 767

    Tommy's Cycle
    from So Cal

    you can buy 1034 & 1187 bulbs that look silver until lit and than they are amber. Work great inside headlight buckets.
  21. Cerberus
    Joined: May 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,381


    Since you asked for front turn signal ideas, Visibolt makes them in various colored bulbs. These are the size of a bumper carraige bolt. I thought of using the on my '56 DelRay at the corners of the rear bumper.

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  22. el caballo loco
    Joined: Mar 7, 2012
    Posts: 166

    el caballo loco
    from colorado

    Harley signals, a gift from my neighbor and i think the bullet shaped housing fits in perfectly..

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  23. monc440
    Joined: Feb 1, 2011
    Posts: 260


    I don't have any mounted now but have used these in the past and plan to use them on my Plymouth. They are 60's -70's Mopar Fender Signal Indicators. Small, chrome and easy to find at swap meets or fee bay.

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  24. Mike51Merc
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 3,822


    I like the built-in headlamp, or get a set of Guide repops.
  25. Stevie Nash
    Joined: Oct 24, 2007
    Posts: 2,999

    Stevie Nash

    Can you get these at the auto retail stores?
  26. Markgyver
    Joined: Aug 16, 2007
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  27. raymay
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,312


    I have used similar light for years on some of the 37's I have done. The shape goes with the flow of the car. Bought mine from a cycle shop. They used to use them on Harleys.

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  28. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,295


    You can buy lights like that at any semi truck accessory store. Truck stops usually stock them. I've seen clear and amber and red lenses in them. Mine were red. Cheap, too, if I recall.
  29. annasu1212
    Joined: Apr 6, 2012
    Posts: 1

    from cda

    I wonder if you could mount early VW buckets into a chrome mountable outer bucket. The signal was inside the headlight if I recall correctly.
  30. jazz1
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,479


    I like those ones posted by Weasel,, the ones I bought are smaller than I expected,,did not check the measurements,,,size matters

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