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Old 09-28-2020, 03:54 PM   #1
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Default 40 Ford LED tailights

Wife says gotta update the taillights in my 40 coupe.She was following me last week on a bright sunny day and said she had to get within 15 feet to see my turn signals and brake lights. I've checked around for LED lights and BO Bob is out, Speedway has them but their bezel is plastic and Macs has them with a SS bezel. Has anyone had experience with Macs lights or is their a better solution? I dam sure don't want to get rear ended. Thanks
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Old 09-28-2020, 03:59 PM   #2
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6 volt or 12 volt. United Pacific in SoCal or Rodworx in Lakeland, Fl.should have the 12 volt variety.

Rodworx... https://www.rodworx.com/product-cate...40s-ford-leds/

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Old 09-28-2020, 04:00 PM   #3
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Another good idea, I think, is to add the 3rd brake light bar. The one that the center is the brake light and each end is a turn signal.

Speedway has them

https://www.speedwaymotors.com/Speed...%20(Feb28_2020)

No idea on the quality.

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Old 09-28-2020, 04:35 PM   #4
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Another good idea, I think, is to add the 3rd brake light bar. The one that the center is the brake light and each end is a turn signal.

Speedway has them

https://www.speedwaymotors.com/Speed...%20(Feb28_2020)

No idea on the quality.
I think this (3rd lamp) is the best idea. Those LED don't help enough to bother...
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Old 09-28-2020, 07:12 PM   #5
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Paint the inside of the light housing white and then slip a good flashlight reflector over the bulb socket. It will brighten those '40 lights right up and a lot cheaper than the LEDs.
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Old 09-28-2020, 07:38 PM   #6
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The nice thing about the 3rd light bar (at least to me) is it doesn't have to be a permanent installation or require major modification to a relative stock vehicle. You can wire them in such a way that they can be disconnected and removed for show and then put back in to drive.
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Old 09-28-2020, 07:41 PM   #7
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White paint inside the housing. I also found 1156 6v LED light bulbs on superbrightleds.com and they really are super bright. They fit inside the tail lights on my pickup, but it looks like on their website, you can only get them in amber anymore. The white and red are discontinued. There are many other 1156 LEDs out there though, and you just swap the bulb.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...-car-bulb/511/
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Old 09-28-2020, 08:36 PM   #8
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About 20 years ago Lambert Enterprises had a booth at Nats South. I bought a LE card that mounted inside the tail light housing and used the stock lens and bezel. The lights were very visible. I see their kit is a little different now, but still use the LED card in the stock housing. I would recommend checking with them if you go to LED.

The '40 has an ideal mounting spot for a third brake light on top of the license plate. It puts it in the center of the car and at eye level.
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Old 09-28-2020, 08:48 PM   #9
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I got LED tail lights for my '41 from Ken Check and they are outstanding!. I get comments from every car guy who follows me.
Ken Check 541 653 8825 checkrite.electronics@gmail.com
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Old 09-28-2020, 09:25 PM   #10
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Paint the buckets white. A 32 Ford headlight bulb will plug right into the socket. Gives you. Bright lights. The down side is that you’ll need to put a relay in the circuit to keep from burning out the brake switch on the back of the master cylinder
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Old 09-28-2020, 10:07 PM   #11
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Check Julianos for LED glass taillights.
https://www.julianos.com/Tail-Lights-s/152.htm

Also has them for the front.

Be sure and let us know what you decide.
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Old 09-29-2020, 06:16 AM   #12
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I like the Speedway lights, very bright.


https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=273016
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Old 09-29-2020, 07:31 AM   #13
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Check out these lights I'm going to use from Technostalgia. They are high quality, properly fit the fenders, and a big improvement over bulbs.



1940 Ford complete taillight assembly including chrome plated bezels, buckets, lenses, and body seal. Includes two light assemblies with LED arrays, electrical harnesses, connectors, and attaching hardware. Our 40 lights actually fit the fender. Lights designed to shine at towards the rear of the car, not at the sky.
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Old 09-29-2020, 08:00 AM   #14
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I ordered some Technostalgia taillights last night.
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Old 09-29-2020, 08:17 AM   #15
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I vote for the 3rd brake light. I made this one for my '39.
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Old 09-29-2020, 11:42 AM   #16
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I use this third brake light in my 1936 6 volt and it works great also supports blinkers.

https://www.brakelighter.com/category-s/100.htm
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Old 10-03-2020, 10:49 AM   #17
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Got my Technostalgia 40 lights today. Very high quality.
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Old 10-03-2020, 11:04 AM   #18
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Keep us posted on how they work out!
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Old 10-04-2020, 12:33 PM   #19
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Got my Technostalgia 40 lights today. Very high quality.
I have a '40 Coupe also. Would like to hear your wife's opinion of the Techno lights after you get them installed. I have LED tailights now, not too impressed with brightness. Have the third light on my tag with LED's and it is very bright. Thanks!
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Old 10-04-2020, 01:48 PM   #20
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Good on you Gary buying decent LED . Painting the inside white and adding tinfoil in reality dont cut it as far as a decent LED. If you are worried about an LED not looking traditional , dont, you should be more worried about getting rear ended .
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