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Old 05-25-2004, 03:21 PM
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Need suggestions on tail-lights

Hi again,


Know how on most new trucks, the tail-lights are molded into the bedsides in the rear on either side of the tailgate.

I was thinking of taking this approach on an early chevy truck. I figure I will probably have to widen that last pocket on either side of the tailgate, but I want to keep it to a minimal. This is just in concept phase, don't know if I truly want to do it yet.

Wondering if anyone has any ideas for really thin tail-lights...like maybe off of an S10 or soemthing.

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Old 05-25-2004, 03:28 PM
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You could get a rolled pan under the tailgate and put some thin taillights in that.
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I know I know.

I've thought about going to JJ/Willy's route. I've also thought about the rollpan, which I might do anyways.

I'm just not sure what I want to do. Initially it was going to be the corvette tail-lights in the rollpan...but now I'm having other thoughts. The Willys route is cool stuff, but I'd manage to screw that up too bad.
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I have a 48 chev p/u and am contemplating using 1990/91 cad. lites in the upright post
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this would take some figuring to do on a truck but i have done i many times on bikes. make the taillights and tursignal smooth with the body and painted over so they shine through the paint. i attached pics below. they are both of the same part. one is on and one is off.
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I remember in an old magazine of mine there was a rod and they molded a long thin tailight off of an olds tornado (kind of like poncho's idea). It wasn't a truck though. I thought it looked pretty sharpe. I can see if I can dig it up and scan the picture if you would like to see.
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Old 01-04-2006, 12:22 PM
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What is your theme? That makes a big difference in what you would do. If you are planning an old timey rod with a vintage hot rod mill and chrome steelies, those Cad taillamps would look like living crap.

On the other hand, if you have more of a "modern" street rod smoothie looking ride in mind the Cad lights will work out just fine.

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350/350 with a few goodies. chopped channelled z'd frame camaro clip and camaro posi. louvered hood vette steelies with smalll caps. I'll take off door handles and use a loovered hood and tail gate. I thought zoomie exhaust tips.
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get a a pair of 40 strip's of led's, and a pair of 12 strips, and 8 conventional taillight bulbs in red

slot the rear bed pocket, a 12 strip and a 40 strip get lined up in each pocket to shine out thru the strip as brake light (40) turn signal (12) and then use 4 conventional bulbs on each side to light the pocket as the running light , giving a soft glow out thu the slot

quick cad design of the setup .. top view of the stake pocket, led's down the middle and bulbs of to the side
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Old 01-04-2006, 02:56 PM
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Heres what I did on the rear of my '46 Chevy Panel.
Just a thought.

http://hotrodders.com/gallery/showph...cat/500/page/3

http://hotrodders.com/gallery/showph...cat/500/page/3

They're from a Cat bucket loader

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For the flush lites .. you can make them any shape you want,, not a very hard thing to do,, these are on a 36 chev we are doing now,, LED'S out of a tail/brake light from napa, if you are interested on how to do it ,, I'll explain,, it takes a little time to write it up,, Bill
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there you go!!! thats sweet, the clean look.
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z48 to lowroller chevy

just got into this forum and saw your reply,lowroller chevy and I would like to see a little more info on that lite yu talk about.


thanks Doug
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