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Features The Mother Of all Tail Light Threads!!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by JeffreyJames, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. sylvian
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    Here are some nice ones...

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  2. '37's in my '30 Tudor all finished up.

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  3. wolfex1
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    Looks good from back here! Wouldn't mind seeing a couple more pics. ~WX1
     
  4. LN7 NUT
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    I don't recall seeing them, but what about 39 Mercury?

    I was visiting some friends at a restoration shop and there was this sweet 39 Merc getting finished up, and I realized I have never ever seen these lights that I can recall.

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  5. Blue One
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    Since that shop is out at the old Reynolds auto collection parts yard out in Wetaskiwin Alberta, those tail lights could be off anything.

    From some angles they look very odd, I have seen them myself in person on the car and didn't like them.

    I can't identify them myself but old Reynolds had a lot of old cars and trucks out there at one time.

    They are different, not sure what they are. It has sure taken them a long time to put that car together.
     
  6. alchemy
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    They ARE '39 Merc taillights.
     
  7. Blue One
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    Well, there you go :) Still didn't like them. Maybe thats why guys commonly replaced them with something else.
     
  8. alchemy
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    ...like '41 Studebaker taillights. ;)
     
  9. LN7 NUT
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    This car and it's lights aren't from the Reynolds yard, I've never actually seen this car there before, but I like it and I like the tail lights, possibly because they aren't the same old same old I normally see like 39 Ford and 41 Chev.

    I think they would be cool on the back fenders of a truck.
     
  10. Dreddybear
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    Chryslers on my coupe. I was gonna drop these and do a bunch of molding to the tail and use 58 chevy, but I've gone away from that idea. I think I'm gonna leave as is..should look good when the car is done at the end of this summer!

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  11. bonez
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    ^^ they look pretty good already. and the number plate aint bad either :)
     
  12. Had to be different!
     

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  13. Looking Good Probesport!...How are you liking the "tunes" from your headers???
     
  14. tennesseecouchpotato
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    Absolutely, those are original '39 Mercury tail lights. They ARE odd, weird, one-of-a-kind, lots of adjectives apply here. I am every bit as interested in the view of any car from the rear as the front - as such, tail lights can grab my attention. This was a one year only application, and I'd bet that these lights weren't very popular. The 1940 tail lights were much more conventional. But, these were pretty innovative and distinctive, and had a safety factor as well. I guess Bob Gregorie and his group of stylists weren't afraid to think outside the box in the late 1930s.


     
  15. alchemy
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    Personally, I think they are as much a wart on these cars as I've ever seen. No way could that have been planned all along. The whole rest of a '39 Merc just looks like it belongs together.
     
  16. Dreddybear
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    39 Merc always remind me of frankenstein's neck posts..

    Still love em.
     
  17. tennesseecouchpotato
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    Laughed out loud when I read this - I immediately got a visual on that. Good one!:D



     
  18. Model T1
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    Have an old friend with a 39 Mercury convertible and 39 4-door with those same original ugly lights. My 41 Ford tail lights are also a one year only, if you don't count panel trucks for many years using them.
     
  19. hrm2k
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    58 Chevy Biscayne tail light assembly......with blue dots :) on my 26T

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  20. Jeff Norwell
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    My 39 Cessna tail lights for the Coupe.:rolleyes:
     

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  21. Model T1
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    J James started this thread long ago. This was his suggestion.

    Try to include the year of tail light and the car that you put them on in case it's not clear. Also if there are any changes to them let us know that too.
    Not many are doing this and he didn't either !:confused:
     
  22. tennesseecouchpotato
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    Didn't the Ford & Mercury Sportsman convertibles of 1946-48 use those same tail lights?
     
  23. They sound great, wonderful audio system there :)
     
  24. likes ihs
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    my take on 59 cad lites
     

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  25. exStreamliner
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    Race cars had tail lights (who wanted to mess with adding lights when flat towing)... A friend took these lights off an old bus... I notched them for the frame and Carey added a skirt to the inside to blend in...

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  26. 40FordGuy
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    All very cool...........


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  27. gnichols
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    I like 'em. You are talking airplane, right Jeff? Or possibly a car? Gary
     
  28. Black_Sheep
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    '61 Chev passenger car lenses fitted to '58 truck tail light housings...
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  29. TexasSpeed
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    Found these ('51.. right?) Hudson taillights at the swap meet last weekend. I thought I'd stash them and save them for a later project then realized that I had been doing a lot of researching and trying to find a pair of taillights that are different. These would fit the bill. Well, different on a Model A, anyways. I won't be getting to this point anytime soon but once I turn my attention back to the body full-time, I'm thinking I'll cut the metal down to where the trim itself is flat and 1/2" or so around, lose the emblem on top, mount them sideways on both sides of the license plate so they point out. I'm not ready to dive into cutting them just yet..

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    Anyone ever seen '51 Hudson taillights on an A?
     
  30. Jeff Norwell
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    Yea. small plane...they just fit perfectly into the stainless 39 surround.
    I really like 46-48 ford or 39's....I am boring.
     

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