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Old 11-28-2021, 12:24 PM   #21
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I have turn signals only in my taillights, and the switch is just a small toggle switch that I have mounted in plain sight but could easily be mounted under the dash rail, out of sight. I bought the system from Speedway Motors.in Nebraska.
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Old 11-28-2021, 12:32 PM   #22
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I can see both sides of this for sure. I sure like the look of a original unmolested car and its spartan features. But:
I will use my truck as an example. I bought this truck and it had been off the road since 1952. (70 years) So the truck was 20 years old (a 32 model) when retired. The original owner had installed aftermarket turn signals on the front fenders, the arrow type, Also headlights had been changed to sealed beam. rear stops lights had been added, with dual bulbs for signals. reflectors had been added to every corner of the dump bed too.
Fast forward 70 years and the roads are not nearly as safe for these older slower vehicles. Hand signals are a thing of the past, other than a central finger showing you that your number "one"!
I chose to add all the signals and lights that I felt were appropriate and safer as I travel the highways today in that ol' truck.
Just my two cents for what its worth. Its your vehicle, do what makes you comfortable on the roads. Have fun getting out and enjoying it too!
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Thanks, Chris.....

If I had cowl lamps, I might be a little more interested in turn signals. Here in Montana, local traffic isn't as hectic as in some other places, so this strobe idea does make some sense to me. There are times when there is no other traffic at all.....and, I don't bother to even give a signal!

In my local model A club, there are those who do and don't have turn signals.

I still see FB as a resource for me and my 28ccpu.

Have a good day, gentlemen (and ladies, if there are any on here!)

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Old 11-28-2021, 01:19 PM   #23
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You Want truck original but you put bumpers on it?
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Old 11-28-2021, 01:24 PM   #24
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i have to say i don't like the idea.

but there are a a lot of things i don't like.
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i wonder what the cops will say to you when they see it?
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Old 11-28-2021, 01:33 PM   #26
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i have to say i don't like the idea.

but there are a a lot of things i don't like.
I'll give you your space to believe as you wish......all I ask is to be given mine!

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You Want truck original but you put bumpers on it?
It had the bumpers when I bought it, and they don't interfere with the old time look, because they are "period correct".

I probably wouldn't add the bumpers, if thy weren't already there.....but, they do add some protection, if I ever get rear ended.....because of that, I'm kinda glad they're there
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I'll give you your space to believe as you wish......all I ask is to be given mine!



It had the bumpers when I bought it, and they don't interfere with the old time look, because they are "period correct".

I probably wouldn't add the bumpers, if thy weren't already there.....but, they do add some protection, if I ever get rear ended.....because of that, I'm kinda glad they're there
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Let me assure you, proper turn signals offer protection also!
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Old 11-28-2021, 02:38 PM   #28
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Let me assure you, proper turn signals offer protection also!
I can agree with that.

My 28ccpu didn't come with turn signals.
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Old 11-28-2021, 03:09 PM   #29
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Henry used safety glass and installed shock absorbers in the interest of safety. They added to the price of a new car which went against what he wanted but he did it anyway to protect his customers' lives. If they were available, I bet he would have put turn signals on too.
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Old 11-28-2021, 03:59 PM   #30
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Henry used safety glass and installed shock absorbers in the interest of safety. They added to the price of a new car which went against what he wanted but he did it anyway to protect his customers' lives. If they were available, I bet he would have put turn signals on too.
All could be true......but, the fact is, the turn signals were not available. If they had been, they would have been "period correct", and I would insist on having them!

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Old 11-28-2021, 04:14 PM   #31
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I have to agree with Ken Bolton above. I'm not sure that many drivers these day even know what hand signals are anymore. I too, had an experience several years back where I was signaling a left hand turn only to have a much younger driver pass me on the left even with a solid center line (I presume because I was slowing down for the turn). That incident taught me to now crowd the center of the road if it happens to be something other than a main thoroughfare where there might be actual turn lanes. While I don't have them on all of our cars (yet), I am looking to add them as time and finances permit. And like Bob Bidonde above, I have used the cowl lights and tail lights on the one car that these have been added on to thus far - and rather than use a turn signal lever off the steering column, I chose instead to use the toggle switch sold by S/M Electro-Tech Inc. and have mounted it to where it just barely shows in the center just below the dash rail (68C). I still haven't figured out what to use in the front on those cars that don't have cowl lights, but hopefully I still have a little time to figure out something that will at least be somewhat "era sensitive".

Having said this, anything that you might do to call attention to your plans to make a turn would seem to prove helpful ... and there are multiple ways to "skin a cat". Good luck on this - I hope that this method will work well for you.
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Old 11-28-2021, 04:26 PM   #32
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Having said this, anything that you might do to call attention to your plans to make a turn would seem to prove helpful ... and there are multiple ways to "skin a cat". Good luck on this - I hope that this method will work well for you.
Thanks for that, Dick....

At this point, the strobe is nothing more than an experiment. I hope it works out, too.....but, I don't discount the possibility that someday I might end up with turn signals. Like I said before, there are others in my local club that don't have them, and don't intend to get them. For now, I feel the same....but, who knows!
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Old 11-28-2021, 05:35 PM   #33
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I use the tail lights and cowl lights for turn signals, so there is no exterior change in appearance from the original Model "A".
I did just like Bob. External appearance unchanged.
They are activated by spring loaded toggle switch under the dash rail and self cancel after 15 seconds unless you have the brake on.
The controller is hidden behind the left kick panel so no hardware or wiring is visible.
http://www.turnswitch.com/

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Old 11-28-2021, 05:45 PM   #34
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I keep hearing this term "period correct". I think it means some improvement made at or around a time when the car was new or at least "newer". Many seem to think that if the change is "period correct" it is ok to modify their car that way. I have decided that I am trying to drive this car on roads today, and this is the "period" I live in now, so for the sake of my safety and the safety of others, I better have a modification that today's drivers understand. That will probably not include hand signals, strobe lights, etc. Good luck to all and I hope you stay safe!
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Old 11-28-2021, 05:49 PM   #35
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Stupid is what stupid does.

What, do you jump in the back seat with that thing when you are backing up?
I don't think we need to go there...

Old Guy, I don't like the looks of turn signals either, esspecially those GM side marker looking lights that mount between the bumper bars. Or the switch hanging off of the steering column.

I have a DPDT toggle switch under the dash rail and use small 2" "bullet" lights on the rear that resemble the headlight shells.





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Old 11-28-2021, 05:52 PM   #36
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Maybe some L.E.D.s that would fit between the bumper bars if you have bumpers. Using hand signals might cause road rage .
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Old 11-28-2021, 07:01 PM   #37
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I want to add trafficators to my Fordor. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trafficators


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Old 11-28-2021, 09:24 PM   #38
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I want to add trafficators to my Fordor. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trafficators
Those are interesting......are the trafficators currently being manufactured anywhere?

Some here feel that hand signals won't be recognized by other drivers, and the same problem may occur with the trafficators.

Even in this attached photo, the trafficator is difficult to recognize:
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Stupid is what stupid does.

What, do you jump in the back seat with that thing when you are backing up?
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Old 11-29-2021, 01:44 AM   #40
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I have turn signals on my 29 and I like them but they do look out of place in my opinion. As for my 31 Victoria project they never had them and I am going for original. To each their own.
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