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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. Tickety Boo
    Joined: Feb 2, 2015
    Posts: 1,499

    Tickety Boo
    from Wisconsin

    The late 60s there was a Gold 36 Ford Coupe in our town running Ford pickup tail lights, these make me smile when ever I look at them. ;) 20170414_134624.jpg
  2. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,697



    Don’t know if this one has been posted.
    I hope Tom Davison doesn’t mind me reposting his pic, - all credit to him, his photos are fantastic.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2019
  3. chiro
    Joined: Jun 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,085


    ^^^What are those?
  4. IMG_3053 (2).JPG
    Here's mine. Salt & pepper shakers from the $2 shop.
  5. Early 40s Buicks. I painted the insides flat white. They are also converted to...oh no! LEDs. The cones being offset is kinda goofy, but what are you gonna do. KIMG1065.JPG KIMG1068.JPG
  6. My '64 Olds 98, is all stock, but IMHO, these taillights are beautiful.
    Rumbler told me there was a thread on restoring the silver reflective paint, inside.???
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  7. bucketmouth
    Joined: Apr 7, 2006
    Posts: 141

    from Australia

  8. PelleOlle
    Joined: Sep 30, 2019
    Posts: 1


    Does anyone know anything about these taillights?

    Attached Files:

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  9. Lee lenses on my fairlane

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  10. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 23,627

    Staff Member

  11. No but I like them!!!
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  13. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,987



    Hard to believe some Tri Five dork hasn't posted up these after 25 pages!
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2021
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  14. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 7,133



    In seeing this old Kaiser Convertible sitting among other customs and early hot rods, the one noticeable thing in the rear was those cool shaped tail light lenses. I could picture those in a custom 56 Chevy, any of the 50s-60s cars with vertical fenders. It was enough for me to take a few photos of the actual rear end of the Kaiser Convertible, while looking at those huge red taillights.



    Besides the good looking tail light, think about the large vision that it would give to the cars following you during the day and especially at night. Talk about being seen from a distance… A discreet third brake light would still be helpful, but those big giant lenses would give off a lot of warning.
    The odd shaped, Kaiser Sedan body would also lend itself to a radical custom, as the basic styling is already in place.
    upload_2019-11-17_4-9-6.png upload_2019-11-17_4-9-19.png
    ...similar uses and styles
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  15. Anybody need KD 157 lense replacements?
    I got a few today,plus some random lenses...some aftermarket some OG.
    These are aftermarket
    And these are for my projects..awaiting their turn
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  16. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,697


    ^^^^^^ what is the number plate light off ? Thanks.
  17. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 7,133


    In 1963-64, when the gas coupe and sedan class was still technically, street legal, those coupes and sedans did their own thing to stay in class. In 1964-65, those street legal cars tended to take the “legality” of street hot rods to the limit and the downfall of the class began.
    As the need for speed was in the forefront, the street legal cars began to take its own course and then the changes were becoming evident. Real street legal, daily drivers with their hubcaps off and exhaust cut outs open for racing were no longer… the stock body was still a requirement, but everything else was fair game.
    upload_2020-1-31_4-24-57.png B. Wagner


    Fiberglass front ends, doors, hoods and accessories pushed the limits. So did mufflers, brake lights, and parachutes for the street? Then it became a mess and finally disappeared.
    But, the transition started around 1964 with some tail lights placed randomly, just to meet the rules at the time.

    1964 LIONS

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  18. Colin HD
    Joined: Sep 14, 2008
    Posts: 274

    Colin HD

    Throw mine up here.
    Clear casting resin, chrome tube & some food coloring and a full strip of LED's behind.
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  19. '54 Buick on my Willys. '56 Chevy lenses are the same shape and perfect replacements(and repros are available), just have to angle the screw holes in a bit from the straight Chevy holes.

  20. Hamtown Al
    Joined: Jan 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,809

    Hamtown Al
    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

    How about 1936 Ford passenger taillights on 1940 pickup and using stock 36 Ford filler location?
    Of course, you have to take into account the changes to the front of the 40 pickup.;):D
    And the interior.
    Note the nice waterfall.;):D
  21. Hamtown Al
    Joined: Jan 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,809

    Hamtown Al
    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

    Forgot the finished rear view of taillights... you might notice the 1936 Ford bumpers continue the theme of this being a 1936 Ford SUPER DELUXE pickup.:)
    Folks tell me they have never seen one... I reply that they didn't make many.;):D:D
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  22. Collin Benoit
    Joined: Apr 11, 2020
    Posts: 108

    Collin Benoit

    Do you still have these?!
  23. Don't remember if i posted these before, i mounted the Corvette lights on my M
    Love the choice you made, which I had thought of it 20 years ago.
  24. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 7,133




    Before the pandemic, my wife and I went to a community car show as was/is popular in So Cal. It had a lot of different styles of hot rods, custom cars and a few non traditional cars. But, one of them had me stumped. My wife loves convertibles, as mentioned before. She has always steered me on our car lot journeys to see and check out a convertible or two.

    So, when we saw this yellow Kaiser convertible, it looked different at the time. I thought it may have been a custom build, but the style of the Kaiser was unique. The name plate on the side said Kaiser Dragon. In our history, Kaiser Dragon, was a big 4 door sedan. But this one had the look of a sedan without the top. It was done nicely and when the name plate was seen, we all looked at each other and said… “Oh, a Kaiser Dragon.”
    The front looked like a very early Kaiser. The rear taillights were not from the early versions, convertible or sedan. So, it must have been a custom build. No one was around to tell us otherwise as we moved on to the next hot rod and/or convertible.


    The large taillights looked rather good and could have been used in any custom finned taillight configuration on any sedan. It just looked right.

    So, was it a custom Kaiser convertible? … or a one of a kind concept convertible, that never showed up in the dealers’ showrooms. Facts are not available on any search. Most folks that saw this Kaiser thought it was a custom convertible that looked stock, but had something different about it.

    We all like a nice rear end...
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  25. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,507

    51 mercules

    Finally on my merc and lit up! [​IMG]
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  26. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 6,438

    from Oregon

    4E23279A-34BC-4C6E-B483-F4364EF27505.jpeg 5F418BCF-8F50-4B2A-B424-C15A37CE3161.jpeg I am thinking these with these on my ‘48 Ford F1 but I need to pull my fenders to see if if it would work. 94FFF7CD-6253-44BB-87F3-04375EB154C3.jpeg
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  27. Harv
    Joined: Jan 16, 2008
    Posts: 434

    from Sydney

    1962 GM Holden wagon:

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  28. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,697


    My fordor with late model tail lights. - ‘34 - ‘36 Ford.
    Also has late model running gear, - ‘49 8ba with ‘39 g/box…….

    Last edited: Nov 8, 2021
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  29. BigRRR
    Joined: Sep 5, 2019
    Posts: 38


    Mercury 4.jpg
    International truck taillights ...
  30. gatz
    Joined: Jun 2, 2011
    Posts: 1,668


    kinda hard to see.... lightened up a bit;

    Mercury 4.jpg

    maybe a shot without the bright background? or maybe turn the car around

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