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Old 09-23-2009, 10:41 PM
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Not doin' it for me, either. I had thought about throwing the new Volvo wagon lights sideways - they seemed to have the right curve, but after a quick photochop session I found even they were way to long for the back panel.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:47 PM
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i really want something where the whole top section of the back lights up
those lincoln lights come close
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:25 AM
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what about these?
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:41 AM
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yeah something like that only with out the cube on it.
i dont like the cube...

but the lights do look good
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Old 09-24-2009, 04:36 PM
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wasn't there a Mercury Sable with a tail light panel that lit up most of the rear end?
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Old 09-24-2009, 06:44 PM
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I seem to remember the Sable, having a glowing bar across the nose, but no the tail. But there were many years that car was in production too.
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Old 10-12-2009, 05:50 PM
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I have been working on the rear tail light mod. Breaking things into actual 1:1 scale drawings, and Noticed something odd.

On Nova Nigels car the upper rear section is square being 6 inches all the way across.
While on Sterlings, and some Nova's like Laurens green machine, the center is 5.5".

Was this a design change somewhere? And do the sterlings share the variations that the Novas do?

Im going to probably this weekend if I have some time, make a full scale mock up using 1/8" paneling, and wood glue for the grill and tail light surrounds.

I was curious should I want to make these, and offer them as a kit.

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Old 11-16-2009, 12:25 AM
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Hello,
I have started to play with my LED rope lights similar to that of the cardomain guy linked above.
I used 4" ID black plastic tubing, and 3.5 OD inch tubing. In the photos youll see the pipe are just sitting within each other. Nothing really made to look like the finished lights yet. I didnt order as much as I need. But still have enough to get started playing.

The first thing I noted was the lights are encased within PVC, now this does pose abit of a problem when using hot glue to attach them. It doesnt stick very well. With abit of added effort it can be made to work.

The first ring will need an additional 6 led's, the second will be trimmed to 21.
The one thing I will say is these are beautiful looking. And will work well for running lights, but not for stop lights.
I have the stop lights/ blinker and reverse lights portions already worked out. Just saving that for later.
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Looks like a very good start to some cool lights. I forget; what was the problem with using these as stop lights, too? Was is their brightness, or the fact that you couldn't do two levels of brightness with them? I know you had a good reason, but looked for where you'd written it, I couldn't find anything.
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OK, since you asked,....here you go.

They are perfect in illumination for tail lights but not stop lights. They are single brightness, not dual. In between each of the lights Ill be wiring/hot gluing in square 150K MCD LED's in between each of the string light bulbs. Given they are all clear, they will blend in together nicely I'm hoping.
The 150MCD lights will be wired to the stop lights, which should be insanely bright, even in daytime and direct sunlight.
The centers will be colored via colored lenses, and colored LED's, they will be behind a set of fish eye lenses I have, and a piece of jeweled glass.

I'm hoping the finished effect will look really nice.

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