I would like to see what you all use for tail lights. I'm almost done with my Warford install, next up is the Rockies.
I'm going for the period look.
What year are you looking for? Tail lights changed over the years.
This is for my TT. Anything would do but I would like it to either look correct or hidden. Not modern. I just don't think hand signals are safe anymore.
Looking for ideas...
Speaking of tail lights. The other day at an auction in one of my boxes was a tail light that is triangular shaped. It has three lights and cone shaped lenses. One light is clear, one is red, and one is blue. On the side of the clear lens is another clear lens that would light up a license plate. It's period correct. My first thought was for the back of a truck. Any ideas what it would be used on?
I'm not sure what Ford TT trucks used, but on my '26 Touring I used a set of drum lights from Brattons that are pretty close to the original dual function Duo Lights. I ordered the optional LED light inserts and set them up for dual function. Very little current draw and high visibility.
Has anyone used the 6 volt LED bulbs in the Ford accessory stop light? Do the contacts line up in the sockets?
I use the Stainless Model A lights, like this:
They're not proper for a T but they look nice and sorta period correct.
I found brass electric side lites from a larger car. Modern replacement red lenses fit perfectly.
Those are the one's I use Ken. JC Whitney carried then for a while but their gone now. Nice set up. You can use 2 of the large (1129 ?) 6 vt. bulbs in the 2 sockets for nice bright stop & turn lamps. With a little ingiunity the top socket can be converted to a 2 filament bulb giving you running lights too. Not exactly period correct but the workable.
Paul, nowadays, two tailights are almost a must. For a truck like yours, I love the look of oil tailights,and they are easily electrified and brake Lights installed , too. Easily done with a two filiment bulb. I think the venders have the bulb holder, but they are easily made, and you don't harm the light at all, either. Run the wires through the small holes in the top, or the wick adjuster hole. ( I always keep the original parts with the vehicle ) I have put a red lens on a matching type sidelight , as you don't need or want the license plate lens on the right side.
There we're several styles of lamp holders for the TT truck , and one is a steel style, easily modified or copied to eliminate the license plate holder for the light side. If you want to see one, just ask.
Back in the day, they would have used what was handy. This is a pair of ford script electric drum tailamps I am just getting ready to mount on our '26 hack. Note the brackets are made from old fender irons, and the license plate lens is removed from one for mounting on the right side. Good luck, have fun, and let us know what you end up doing.
Here's an earlier thread on the subject:
I checked the laws in my province. I found out that you only need one tail light so I'm running an original Ford one. In fact if one tail light burns out on your brand new car, you don't have to fix it. You can even remove it altogether and still be legal.
Val, Yes...my tail lights do have the 6v LED inserts. Got them through Brattons as well. The cost $5 extra to specially make them up for a negative ground. If you have a drum similar to Tim's previous post, you just clip the jumper leads in the back to separate the tail/stop functions. They hook in the original sockets as well.
Thanks Kevin. I think LED would be much brighter. I have the drum style tail lamp on my '27 and it is barely visible in day light so the stop light function is lost.
Drum style housing.
I got the brackets and lights for my '19 Touring from Lang's.
The look is totally period.
I didn't check to see if they offer the lights with dual filament bulbs.
Craig, what's the car net to the T?
I used a mix of old lights on my TT. The big light is the brake light. All the lights have glass lenses which help with the "old" look. I used the stainless A lights on my '26 Roadster. The small amber lights are old truck marker lights for turn signals.PK
Stephen........1925 Dodge Business Sedan.......
I picked this one up at a swap meet years ago it has brake,running and turn. The glass was missing so I went to a stained glass place and they cut me a diamond shaped piece for a couple of bucks and I drilled the holes for the screws. Jim
Is it for your TT? Here's mine on the "22" TT nonstarter.
Also have these plates. Bob
Thanks guys. I'm looking into some directional drum lights right now. We'll see...
Bob I love the plate where did you find it?
I have a Warford equipped truck. That would be a neat period item to have on your rig to make sure the whole world knows this ain't no NON-Warford truck !
I got the loan of an original plate from one of the guys on this forum to use as a pattern and I reproduced them as a thin aluminum casting and then powder coated them. None of the T vendors ever offered to carry them so they never got exposed and so moved rather slowly only selling them just at my spot at the fall Hershey show or maybe the asking $30 was too much for many of T crowd but at least I can say they're "Made in the USA". Bob
Paul, this is the type of light holder Martin-Parry supplied to mount the rear light and license plate. As you can see, it is easily modified to hold two lights. They mounted various ways, depending on the body, but generally between the main support sills. I have one extra laser cut steel piece, that would be a good start. If this would help, send me a note to ; firstname.lastname@example.org
here is how I did mine on my '16 Touring. The outboard pair are Brake/Turn/Tail lights and the middle "STOP" is a brake light only.
Where did you get these lights?
My boys helped me install these kerosene lanterns to the cross bar on the spare tire rack of my 24 Coupe. They're wired for tail lights and brake lights.
Sorry for the delay. Heere's what my LED dual function drum lights looks like on my '26 Touring. Pics taken in daylight in a lighted garage.
I have added a cargo carrier to the back of my 1926 TuDor. On it I use two standard trailer lights. I changed the 12 volt bulbs to 6 volt. Works good.
I just got my first taste of trying to buy "vintage tail lights" on tbay. WOW! People pay alot of money for lights that need tons of work. I just didn't know the market...
I think I might go with the Duolights and try to hide then. While still looking for the perfect/vintage/different light setup.
Please keep the pics coming.
To Dennis (Seth) In Massachusetts, showing blue in any direction is illegal. Whether the police would bother a pre-1930 car registered as an antique or not about it is another matter.