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Old 08-06-2013, 10:38 AM
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Ideas for the tail lamps on my Motorama Truck.

Ok guys, I am looking for any and all suggestions that you can come up with.

This is one thing, along with the grille on these trucks it is so darn hard to change without drastically changing them. I am open to anything as what I have in my head just seems a little short sided and not "Motorific masterpiece" as Harley Earl would have said.

Toss out anything guys, really, I am not looking to critique ideas, only to see what this brain can't come up with.

I am thinking of something along the 55 Cameo with a passenger car looking tail lamp for a "look". Not to copy it or even anything that looks like it, just the idea of a passenger car look. I would LOVE to incorporate the 53-55 Corvette, but I just can't come up with anything that works for me. They are very expensive at a few hundred each for used ones and another hundred for a repro lense. But I am willing to save up for them if that is what I think will look the best, and besides I want as much Corvette stuff as I can on the truck. Remember I am after something that they would have done, a concept car that they would have had up on the turn table with a pretty girl at a Motorama show.

Here's the Corvette.







And the Cameo, now my truck isn't going to have the quarter panels like this, it will be a stock bed. But you get the idea of the "look" I am talking about, like a passenger car.







Throw out anything you got brothers!

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First off, I think you should go with red ones.

Seriously, if you are looking for a 50's prototype look you need something that goes along with the era. It needs to not be tunneled or supper high tech. Something with a little chrome that might look correct molded into the rear of the fender. Another possibility would be an add on tail light that has its own housing like a 39 chevy had but with a more modern look. Maybe a '39 housing with a 54 Corvette bezel and lens. I have no ideas the diameters are even close but you get the idea of what I am imagining.

This will be a good thing to ponder while you are waiting for sleep to sneek up on you at night.

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A pair of these turns on their sides and the space around the round tail lights but inside the chrome trim(the parts that black in the photo) become the back up light..














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First off, I think you should go with red ones.

Seriously, if you are looking for a 50's prototype look you need something that goes along with the era. It needs to not be tunneled or supper high tech. Something with a little chrome that might look correct molded into the rear of the fender. Another possibility would be an add on tail light that has its own housing like a 39 chevy had but with a more modern look. Maybe a '39 housing with a 54 Corvette bezel and lens. I have no ideas the diameters are even close but you get the idea of what I am imagining.

This will be a good thing to ponder while you are waiting for sleep to sneek up on you at night.

John
That is exactly what I was thinking, exactly.

Thanks so much guys, keep them coming!

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Just a couple of ideas,the panel lights mounted on bed side just behind rear fenders with corvette lense or the belair flush mounted with replacement flat lense foxcraft .
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Just a couple of ideas,the panel lights mounted on bed side just behind rear fenders with corvette lense or the belair flush mounted with replacement flat lense foxcraft .
VERY good, I had ignored those for some reason. I want the same era so that is perfect. They are too small for the Corvette lenses but that's ok, just use something else, maybe 53 Buick? Don't know how close they are. They would need some work but very possibly a great starting point. Below is another thought, mounting it on the fender. These are 38 Dodge, I wouldn't use them because they aren't early 50's GM but I could use the idea with something that is. Just a thought, I didn't think this would look very good, but I'm thinking it is do-able. Still thinking on the bottom of the stake pockets right over the bumper.

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Brian,
How about something like the Vette with the rocket ship style fins. Then incorporate the closed leading edge, as shown on the blue PU, into the design. More like miniature rocket ships, mounted higher on the rear stakes so they catch the wind. You could add yellow running lights on the sides of the rocket body for a modern touch, although that may be to modern.
Just took a closer look at the blue panel that 496CHEVY3100 posted. Use those light housings but add fins!!!!!

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here is a few and none are 59 caddy!
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Brian,
How about something like the Vette with the rocket ship style fins. Then incorporate the closed leading edge, as shown on the blue PU, into the design. More like miniature rocket ships, mounted higher on the rear stakes so they catch the wind. You could add yellow running lights on the sides of the rocket body for a modern touch, although that may be to modern.
Just took a closer look at the blue panel that 496CHEVY3100 posted. Use those light housings but add fins!!!!!
I WANT the fins so bad, but I think it may be a little too much. However, that is where I add the fins and walk around the truck looking at it, it may fit just fine. But damn I want those fins! That is one of the coolest things on the Vette and Harley Earl's trade mark!

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Thanks everyone, keep them coming! I will probably be posting dozens more of these threads as I go thru this project.

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And I want to say again, I want to hear ideas, even if you totally disagree with the thoughts I have thrown out there, that is how we learn new and better things, I am stuck in a tunnel, seeing what's outside can be very helpful.

The only limits are early fifties GM, that is it. What can be done, it's up to our imagination.

Killer, gearhead, those are awesome ideas on the truck if it was going to be a "Kustom" but this is a factory GM prototype from the early fifties so it is limited to early fifties GM products.

Now, I can make up about anything, it doesn't have to be a bolt on or something like that, an IDEA is what we are after. The only thing I am really limited to is the lense it's self. That's pretty much cut in stone, I could modify something as far as an early fifties lense but that's pretty tough. Maybe cutting one down smaller or something like that but that is about it. The bezel, the housing, that can all be made from scratch anyway I want. So the idea the concept is what I am more after.

I believe in following a theme is fun, it's a challenge, it's what makes a stand out car, following a theme with every nut and bolt.

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60's merc wagon

I was over to the Milcreek salvage in Roberts Id walking around, and saw a 62 merc wagon and thought a hunk of the rear fender . and chrome casting would look good molded onto another car that had fenders like the rounded pickup . they take a round lens, but the answers I got was I donh't know I"ll have to think about , get back to you when you came back. That's the answer I get every time.
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FINE BE THAT WAY.. HeHe
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depending on what type bed you are using fleet or step.. would force if they are put on like car or upside down, or fleet side, sideways back up lights in bumper or if step. lower lip area of fender
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the steak pocket would be ideal mounting place ,great idea
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depending on what type bed you are using fleet or step.. would force if they are put on like car or upside down, or fleet side, sideways back up lights in bumper or if step. lower lip area of fender
I need early fifties, those are cool but too late. I know what I am asking is tough, but that is the fun part. Something that would have been on one of these cars in the 1950-54 or even 55 General Motora Autorama or Motorama.









Now of course it's wide open as you can see from these examples, it's art up to the artist so a little cheating is ok with a little later, 55-56 or something because there was a lot of looking forward after all, that is what they were, dreams of possible production cars to come.

Thanks for working with me guys! I know this is odd, kinda in my head but your ideas are helping open up my brain,


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