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Technical Third Brake Light

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BoilermakerDave, May 12, 2018.

  1. BoilermakerDave
    Joined: Mar 3, 2016
    Posts: 269

    from Las Vegas

    02F63E77-73AE-4A34-955C-C49DF0F617D0.jpeg 70A4ED48-D508-4EF7-995D-6C881A710C60.jpeg I don’t want to turn this car into a gook wagon, but damn. I was always in fear of being rear-ended, because people are used to seeing a lot of light when the brakes come on. So I did it, I made a 3rd brake light. Behold the Shure model 555, just like Elvis used.
  2. fiftyv8
    Joined: Mar 11, 2007
    Posts: 5,197

    from CO & WA

    I share your concerns about being rear ended.
    That 3rd light of yours is a real nice touch indeed.
    I had what I scored for nothing and have tried to kinder blend it in, mostly it is not noticeable until I hit the brakes.

    Nowadays, I plan to have a 3rd brake light installed in every project car I build, plus a battery isolation switch and a hazard light switch.
    Two of my cars also have a manual fuel shut off tap.
    I broke down years ago on a real busy road at night and it was raining and to this day I don't know how I did not get hit and vowed to improve my chances from being rear ended either moving or while stopped....

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  3. Ritzy1
    Joined: Jun 10, 2010
    Posts: 273


    I like it!
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  4. robracer1
    Joined: Aug 3, 2015
    Posts: 488


    I just don't care for third lights has a add on for older cars, but Dave yours is pretty cool. I do agree with flashers and a electrical fuel shut-off switch on dash.
    Last edited: May 12, 2018
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  5. jbrittonjr
    Joined: Sep 10, 2009
    Posts: 105


    I like it.

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  6. you may have problem with glare/reflexion off of the glass. most of the third brake lights mounted on that side of the glass are shrouded to avoid it.
    really cool idea tho!
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  7. Happydaze
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,143


    Love it.

  8. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,406


    That is unique and very neat.
  9. R Pope
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 3,309

    R Pope

    Chryslers had third brake lights in the 40's. so they aren't totally inappropriate on old cars. BTW, the US gov't outlawed them after a few years as distracting to other drivers!
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  10. A novel approach. I like it.
  11. I like it. Glad it's not some plastic one from a mini-van or something like that.
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  12. While I would never add a third brake light to an old car, I will admit that looks pretty cool. I've been rear-ended twice in the past year. Both with modern cars with 3rd brake lights.
  13. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,150


    Looks cool, but I would be concerned if it broke free during an accident (God forbid) and slammed somebody in the head. Could turn a fender bender into a fatality........
  14. flat 39
    Joined: Dec 31, 2007
    Posts: 241

    flat 39

    I made this one for my '39 coupe. IMG_0836.JPG
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  15. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 7,989


    I have read a report that the third brake light was only effective for a couple years then when everyone got used to seeing them the rear end accidents started increasing again but I do like it.
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  16. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 8,235


    I like that very much. Nice job.
  17. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 8,235


    I wonder how many times you would have been rear-ended if you hadn't been in a car with third brake lights?
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  18. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 6,112

    A Boner

    I'm thinking of installing flame throwers on my hot rod to discourage idiots from riding my ass.
    Riding ass is the #1 cause of rear end collisions.
  19. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,978

    from Berry, AL

    The ONLY brake light on my 47 Lincoln was in the center of the trunk handle. It had factory turn signals, but they hadn't figured out how to make them and the brake lights work in the same light yet. Now, with a new GM style column and wiring, it is the third brake light.
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  20. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,223


    Mine on my 32 with an early Olds Rocket motor,
    ^^^I used a trunk emblem from a 40s Olds Woody but put a red lens into it, where there was a clear one that said "hydramatic".

    The trunk is not closing because I was at an estate tag sale...tons of stuff packed in there..

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  23. MAD MIKE
    Joined: Aug 1, 2009
    Posts: 627

    from 94577

    Nice work Dave. I agree that the light may cause some glare at night. But might look cool when the rear window is fogged up.
    With all these SUV/SUT/CUV/CUNT on the road, even a rear window brake light may not be tall enough. I know some guys add a flasher breaker to the third lamp to get it to flash, although the way people drive around here when the firetrucks roll that may/maynot help.
  24. I put a nifty L.E.D tube strip at the top edge of my deck lid between the outer and inner skins. KIMG0541.JPG
  25. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,030

    seb fontana
    from ct

    On my Shoebox..Car is red primer so I used red plastic for lens, blends in when not on as is about 7/32 tall but at the angle is only about 3/16.. 3rd Brake Light 001.jpg 3rd Brake Light 002.jpg
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  26. iafraser39
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 163

    from Warmland

    I put a third brake light on my model a RPU just underneath where the top fits., and then stays on.
    Its unobtrusive and I have a brake attention mode , so it flashes when the brakes
    are applied
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  27. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,097

    Kiwi 4d

    IMG_0199.JPG IMG_0200.JPG With so many ricer cars soccer moms and mobile phones the morons expect a third brake light. Personally I cant see the point in fitting a third brake light that is so discreet and low on light as to be polite, fit one theat does the job and be done with over thinking polite. Our 49 shoebox , we made a pod using an LED 49 tail light, I think we do get some reflection off the glass ,but the rear enders get the idea.
    Last edited: May 12, 2018
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  28. fiftyv8
    Joined: Mar 11, 2007
    Posts: 5,197

    from CO & WA

    Sadly, we are working on the fact that folks will see our 3rd brake light when in fact with some drivers you could have a 5th and 6th brake light and it would not help as they all seem to be looking down in their lap texting or reading texts with no eyes for what is happening on the road at all...
    oldsjoe, INVISIBLEKID, F&J and 3 others like this.
  29. Engine man
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,476

    Engine man
    from Wisconsin

    I like the skulls with LED eyes.
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  30. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,978

    from Berry, AL

    I love that! If they can't see that, they are blind!
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