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  1. silversink
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    I'm building a 60s style banger 29 A fenderless coup and I am stuck on the taillights to use. I would like to mount the lights without cutting the back panel. Any Ideas out there will be appreciated, the Portland Oregon swap meet is coming up in April and I need ideas. If I knew how to post pictures I would, but I'm a computer challenged old fart.
     
  2. 55willys
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    The 46-48 Ford tail lights look good on the back of those but you need to drill two holes for the attachment studs and a larger hole for the light socket to stick through. Any lights that are self contained will be bulky looking sticking out the back like the stock lights. You could mount them under the back of the body but that is kind of low for seeing and the back panel is really the perfect place.
     
  3. mrquickwhip
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    Model A pick up mounted from chassis on their small right angle mounts?
     
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  5. choptop40
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    Use truck lights with hollow threaded studs on top....this way you drill one hole in the bottom of the panel.....wires pass up through hollow stud , cheap and looks bad ass too... image.jpg
     
  6. mgtstumpy
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    1942-1947 Oldsmobile 66 or 76
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    1946 Pontiac
     
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  8. FrankenRodz
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    You could adapt these Ford lights, I used here on a 1950 Chevy build, with just 2-mount holes to drill.
     

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  10. Deuced Up!
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    I have always liked '39 Ford Tear Drop lights. You can create a lot of looks with them depending on how you place them and or the number of them used.

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  11. Lots of good ideas but may miss the original question...
     
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  12. 37s under the back panel
     
  13. Since you don't want to cut the rear panel you might consider the Model A pickup tail light stands with the original taillights or maybe a set of 37 Ford lights bolted below the rear panel. HRP

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  14. gatz
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    this may also miss the mark, but still might be worth a look...

    '41 Dodge tail-lights. They match the curve of the Model A body as if they came on it.

    2 bolt holes & wire hole for each

    pic off the 'net;

    1941 Dodge Coupe.jpg
     
  15. woodhawg
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    We used Ford 37's on this 28 roadster. Welded rear pieces of 32 frame to back of shortened 32 frame and added a spreader bar/bumper to stick out past end of car. Mounted the 37's to the frame horns instead of body. Rear2.jpg
     
  16. mike in tucson
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    woodhawg.....great looking car!!! Very tastefully done. You should show more pics!
    Mike
     
  17. 59Apachegail
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    Maybe not for everyone but I trimmed an otherwise useless set of these from a 60 bonneville. I say useless because they were damaged on the side I wouldn't need for my application.

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  18. birdman1
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    from USA

    1959 caddys, flush mount
     

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  19. 2NDCHANCE
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    30-TAIL.jpg I used 37 Ford LED tail lights from Speedway Motors and brackets from So-Cal Speed shop. These could be altered in many ways. The lights are flame throwers (very bright). Gary
     
  20. Jack E/NJ
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    You may want to consider surface mount LED tail lights. Some are very thin, bright, lightweight and need very small holes for the wires/screws since they don't carry much current.

    Jack E/NJ
     
  21. oj
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    Need to figure a tag light into your calculations too, back up light? I wen tthru similar and settled on taillights and realized I needed a tag light and couldn't find anything that worked with the taillight
     
  22. Jalopy Joker
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    search eBay= 1950 Vintage Style LED Tail Lights w/Bezel New Improved Lens Style ( can not see LEDs)
     
  23. Rand Man
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    I am also looking for taillight ideas, but for a full fendered Model A.
     
  24. roundvalley
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    '37 Ford on SoCal mounts. \'29 Ford 018.JPG \'29 Ford 005.JPG
     
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  25. mike bowling
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    Single tail light/brake light / plate light , with 2 old Harley "outriggers" and a couple of red reflectors. There are already 2 threaded holes in the rear subframe x-member to mount the plate bracket to, and the Harley lights go through bolt holes on the sides of the subframe. DSCN2351.JPG
     

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