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    I do have LED rear tail lights which are much brighter than the originals. I just have some concerns now and that is why I want a 3rd brake light. First is too many distracted drivers and I know a couple of people that have been rear ended in old cars. The fault was not deemed by the person doing the rear ending due to a technicality of the old cars lighting not meeting modern appearances. I swear lawyers find every angle they can these days.)

    I have the 40 housings where the LED lights are pointing back rather than at the sky like the stock housings. They work excellent. Yet more than one rodder has told me than when they get close they can not see the lights and no clue if I am turning or most of all stopping. I would like a high center light also but have not found anything super yet. Like you I don't thing the lights in the rear windows work all that well. I will be watching to see what you come up with. If I was ready to do another paint job, I think I would flush mount a light under the window. Good luck searching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooting View Post

    I have the 40 housings where the LED lights are pointing back rather than at the sky like the stock housings. They work excellent. Yet more than one rodder has told me than when they get close they can not see the lights and no clue if I am turning or most of all stopping. I would like a high center light also but have not found anything super yet. Like you I don't thing the lights in the rear windows work all that well. I will be watching to see what you come up with. If I was ready to do another paint job, I think I would flush mount a light under the window. Good luck searching.
    I had the cheap LED drop in LED replacements in this car before and I had the same experiences as you. Friends would say they couldn't see my taillights especially in a truck. I found out the STOP lamp I saw were actually on Model A's. They make all kinds of them now and I found ones that are made for motorcycles and are smaller. My thoughts are if I remove the license plate, french it in the tail pan, I will remove the original license pate light. Make a bracket and mount this stop lamp on top of the trunk handle housing. I'm not sold on this yet though. I really think a flush mount one under the back windows is the way to go and will look awesome. You won't even know it's there until it's actuated.

    I'm currently researching who makes ones that will last. It would be a bad deal to have the light drop led's in the light after the car is painted. The coolest ones I've seen are the ones you sand the lens to be flush with the body and then you clear right over them. I'm not sure I'll go that route but we shall see.

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    I can't comment on 40 taillights, but I can tell you that I used Rodworx LED lenses in my 46. They are the brightest LED conversions that I have found. I even had a fellow that was helping me back into a tight space at night say that they were so bright, that they were hard for him to look at. He wanted to put some in his car.

    I don't particularly care for LED's in older cars, but I had another rodder that was following me on a cruise say that he could hardly see my old incandescent bulbs. If it hadn't been for a very small 3rd brake light in my rear window, he said he would have rearended me. I decided that in this case, safety trumped aesthetics and started looking for some replacements. Now, my regular taillights are brighter than the 3rd brake light!

    Rodworx has a big booth at Cruizin the Coast and I was able to see their lights first hand. They have internal conversions and bulbs, but I went with their replacement lenses that have the LED's built in.
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    I have a tutorial on how to make your own LED tail lights, these are super bright and visible from all angles. Cost of the D.I.Y. LED tail lights is usually less than $10.00 each (parts link included).

    The project is a little complicated/tedious and takes a while to put it all together, I've made it so it plugs into your existing light frame socket and it uses your lens keeping the original looks. However, even with the bright LED taillights I use and recommend a third brake light, as noted by others, SAFETY always comes first.

    I built these LED taillights for my car and wrote a detailed tutorial to help others do the same, unfortunately the file size is to large to post on the site. If you're interested PM your email to me and I'll be glad to share the file with you.

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    I haven't had a lot of time to mess with the 40 lately but I think about it a lot. I'm now thinking about doing fake patina on this when I paint it and I am even thinking about changing wheels to what it had before. I have reached out to some people trying to get pics of this car from the 80s and early 90s. I just want to replicate it how it flashes in my head every now and then.

    With that being said, I'm rethinking some choices. The hood scoop may wait. I'm trying to prioritize my time and that means I need to pick wisely which things I choose to spend time on. I know my time will be limited so if I want to actually drive this thing this summer I need to stay on track.

    Most likely I won't go to a V butt windshield for now. My glass is good so leave it alone.

    Gauges. My water temp gauge is mechanical and broken. Now I'm second guessing what I want to do there. Bite the bullet and reinstall the cluster it had before. Probably the smart thing to do. Especially since Uncle Jerry won those gauges years ago and hoarded them for the car. Unfortunately he never got to use them. The Fitech has a controller to monitor things so I really don't need to go all out on gauges I guess.

    There's still much more I'm trying to decide on but with everything going on I'm trying to keep it simple so I can actually achieve a goal. We'll see how it goes....
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    Just like me, I had to decide on some things that I wanted but didn't have the time to get it done. Some I changed later and some remains the same. It's okay, I can drive it and not worry about most of the scratches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 34_40 View Post
    Just like me, I had to decide on some things that I wanted but didn't have the time to get it done. Some I changed later and some remains the same. It's okay, I can drive it and not worry about most of the scratches.
    Being able to drive it is a big motivator, and I just have to cope with the I can add and change it later. I've always wanted this to be done when it rolls out of the shop but driving out trumps rolling out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 40FordDeluxe View Post
    Being able to drive it is a big motivator, and I just have to cope with the I can add and change it later. I've always wanted this to be done when it rolls out of the shop but driving out trumps rolling out.

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    I was suddenly working to a deadline as the state changed the rules so I had to "finish it" in 11 months. And that meant paint, interior included. They wouldn't even look at a car if it was in primer. The payoff was I don't have to meet all the "new" regulations. So it was worth it to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 40FordDeluxe View Post
    Being able to drive it is a big motivator.... I've always wanted this to be done when it rolls out of the shop but driving out trumps rolling out.

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    Yep. I'm feeling the same way about the Healey project. I've been fooling with that thing for 6 years!!! Some of the delays were unavoidable, but much of it was my own fault. Changes to the game plan mid stream that took me backwards in progress. Enough is enough. Time to be on the road enjoying it while I can. I'm not getting any younger for sure!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hotrod46 View Post
    Yep. I'm feeling the same way about the Healey project. I've been fooling with that thing for 6 years!!! Some of the delays were unavoidable, but much of it was my own fault. Changes to the game plan mid stream that took me backwards in progress. Enough is enough. Time to be on the road enjoying it while I can. I'm not getting any younger for sure!!!!
    Another thing pushing me is the guy that painted this thing in 99 or so, is putting together a thing for the Goodguys Gazette. He works for Goodguys and the story he is writing up is about how their are still good people in the world and most of them drive street rods. He is writing the story based on the Firebird we restored last year and when him and a bunch of guys did the 40. He said there is a huge possibility the 40 would be needed to be on display at Goodguys Des Moines this year. He asked if it was together enough to resemble a 40 Ford. I laughed and told him yes but we'd have to tow it. So if that actually happens it would be cool to drive it at the show. This is another reason I'm trying to make it look like it did 30 years ago.

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    1972 Chevy K30 Longhorn P-pumped 24v Compound Turbos 47RH Just another money pit
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