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The red line sections do light up. They were clear and then I painted the back of it with candy red paint which is translucent. They will definitely work with the led panel if it's the same flat panel that is made for our cars. The entire piece starts off life being completely clear. I chose to put those colours where you see them. The satin black is on the outside of the lens so that it appears satin. Anything painted from behind will always be the natural high gloss of the plastic surface. In other words if someone tells me they want the entire piece to be painted translucent candy red with no black details I can do that too. Don't think that would look good but it's doable if asked for.

 

Thanks for your speedy reply Angelo,

 

OK, i understand what you are saying here. As you say, if the red line sections light up with the center lenses, i think that look would be a very good look - just fantastic!

 

With the LED  seq panel lights, you get the center lens optioned up to show either a red light (stop, turn or park) or just the white light for your back up light. In that case, two red lenses for inner/ outer sections would be the go, but the center lens would have to end up looking similar to the original factory center lens - that being a combo of red perimeter, with center clear design. I think i've got that right. :chin:

 

Lastly, in regards selling your tail lights on to folk - i don't think anyone would be interested in buying them for off road use only. If it's a case of buyer responsibility, then any one who bought them off you and installed them for road use around the world, would be at the mercy of their local government rules and regs, (they do vary greatly) and be potentially open to be fined or proscected for an illegal mod to their cars. That's their lookout i guess. :chin:

 

So looking forward to the straight fit tail lights  as matters progress.

 

Cheers,

 

Greg. :)

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Thanks Greg. I certainly can't recommend anyone use them for street use especially when some areas of the world have a strict eye on any mods. I know the laws

In Ontario are in place to discourage any mods but I can't imagine ever being given trouble for just that. If a person were to be pulled over on another matter and the officer wanted to further your troubles they may be old enough to know what the lights should look like but again I don't imagine they'd go there. Here in Ontario the law has issue with imports and are on them for everything and anything that resembles a mod. Especially since July of '16. For the most part, the grey hairs that drive around in noisy muscle just get a thumbs up from the police. I wear ear plugs when I cruise around in my Cobra which stands out with its green paint and thumbs up is what they send. Good guys ......as long as u are too I suppose.

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Thanks Greg. I certainly can't recommend anyone use them for street use especially when some areas of the world have a strict eye on any mods. I know the laws

In Ontario are in place to discourage any mods but I can't imagine ever being given trouble for just that. If a person were to be pulled over on another matter and the officer wanted to further your troubles they may be old enough to know what the lights should look like but again I don't imagine they'd go there. Here in Ontario the law has issue with imports and are on them for everything and anything that resembles a mod. Especially since July of '16. For the most part, the grey hairs that drive around in noisy muscle just get a thumbs up from the police. I wear ear plugs when I cruise around in my Cobra which stands out with its green paint and thumbs up is what they send. Good guys ......as long as u are too I suppose.

 

All very true Sir, very true. It's the same thing here in Australia basically.

 

Greg. :)

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One funny story was when I had my 69 firebird convertible and a young officer pulled up next to my at a traffic light. He honked his horn and I looked over. He then motions with a gesture to say "where is your shoulder strap of your seat belt"? I tried not to laugh when I pointed to my lap and had to tell him that in 1969, convertibles didn't have a shoulderbelts. Light turned green and he drove off.

Basic safety like e-brakes, horn lights etc they are sure about but to purposely check for a certification on a tail light lens that is sitting in the right location and works properly..... on very unhappy officer

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I've been following with interest, also. To me because they do not have reflectors, as required by the DOT, is the biggest reason they wouldn't be acceptable. Of course the light source(s) must also meet DOT requirements, for both color and luminance levels and distribution.

 

 

“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”

--Albert Einstein

 

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I agree with anything that makes enjoying ones car a safer experience. Not just for you but the people around you that don't need the inconvenience of someone's unsafe modifications. I get that. However, In my opinion, tired old stock lenses, like I took off my car, with dim old-school bulbs have a far better chance at NOT meeting today's standards than the lenses shown here. Especially if one switches to the new LED panel. Brighter crisper lighting for sure. Excellent turn signal indicators and braking brightness. As long as reverse lighting remains white while everything else is the proper red, there would be no reason to attract the attention of the law. It literally is an improvement over stock. I have seen the odd person blacking out or smoking out the lens on some tuner cars or even going completely clear. Just asking for trouble in those situations. I don't care to promote the sale of any lights because I have enough projects on the go and I'd be better off financially spending my time just working on my usual clients orders. It's strictly a pleasurable way to have fun with my fellow car lovers. I'm simply stating that although it's easier not to have grey areas when it comes to the law, at times, the law should really show some consistency and work on the unsafe offenders before it wastes any time harassing people with improvements to their cars. Here's another example: Bias ply OR radial tires. Which is safer? Or Driving in a car and not wearing a seat belt OR riding on a sport bike that doesn't have a seat belt OR school bus with no seat belts for our precious children. What passes and what doesn't...... CONSISTENCY !!! JUST SAYING.

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Sorry if that's too much of a rant.

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Here's a link to some tail lights done similarly to ours. Only difference is the thermal forming we do to get more than just flat lenses

https://www.powernationtv.com/two-minute-tech/2min-68/build-a-custom-tail-panel-tail-lights-part-2

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I agree with anything that makes enjoying ones car a safer experience. Not just for you but the people around you that don't need the inconvenience of someone's unsafe modifications.  I get that.  However, In my opinion, tired old stock lenses, like I took off my car, with dim old-school bulbs have a far better chance at NOT meeting today's standards than the lenses shown here. Especially if one switches to the new LED panel. Brighter crisper lighting for sure. Excellent turn signal indicators and braking brightness. As long as reverse lighting remains white while everything else is the proper red, there would be no reason to attract the attention of the law. It literally is an improvement over stock. I have seen the odd person blacking out or smoking out the lens on some tuner cars or even going completely clear. Just asking for trouble in those situations. I don't care to promote the sale of any lights because I have enough projects on the go and I'd be better off financially spending my time just working on my usual clients orders. It's strictly a pleasurable way to have fun with my fellow car lovers. I'm simply stating that although it's easier not to have grey areas when it comes to the law, at times, the law should really show some consistency and work on the unsafe offenders before it wastes any time harassing people with improvements to their cars. Here's another example: Bias ply OR radial tires. Which is safer? Or Driving in a car and not wearing a seat belt OR riding on a sport bike that doesn't have a seat belt OR school bus with no seat belts for our precious children. What passes and what doesn't...... CONSISTENCY !!!    JUST SAYING.

::thumb::  on the rant!

 

Personally, if I have to start taking my Mach to the "offroad" mudbogs to get a set of these tail light lenses, so be it!  ...smooth asphalt is so overrated!

 

Everyone just please stand quietly in line and check "yes" for the "off-road use" intent.

Don't be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark...Professionals built the Titanic! ::thumb::

 

 

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The red line sections do light up. They were clear and then I painted the back of it with candy red paint which is translucent. They will definitely work with the led panel if it's the same flat panel that is made for our cars. The entire piece starts off life being completely clear. I chose to put those colours where you see them. The satin black is on the outside of the lens so that it appears satin. Anything painted from behind will always be the natural high gloss of the plastic surface. In other words if someone tells me they want the entire piece to be painted translucent candy red with no black details I can do that too. Don't think that would look good but it's doable if asked for.

 

"...candy red paint which is translucent."   :idea:   Now it all makes sense.  I'm still in.    :D

Don't be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark...Professionals built the Titanic! ::thumb::

 

 

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Well spoken Angelo. Are they available for a 71 mustera?

Lol. What are you going to do Ray order a pair and hang them on your garage wall like a neon sign?

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Damn. Looks cool. I'd be honoured. How is your tail light panel coming along anyway?

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This is the foam piece we just finished. Final adjustments made to clear the glass being hit by the fully opened trunk. It all needed to be shifted up by 1-1/2" by tightening up each Louvre by 1/2". Worked out as we expected. Now we laminate our 3" of MDF and CNC the final buck ready for thermal forming lexan or plexi glass pieces.

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Notice how Marco curved the shape of each louver to mimic the contour of the open trunk lid. Looks so nice I may have to drive with the trunk propped open lol.

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It looks great! :)

Daniel ::thumb::

 

Pro-Touring 1973 Mustang named ''Creator'' ... :P

Under construction!!

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I won't put the currently available aftermarket louvers on my car. They look too cheap.

But I NEED to get a set of these.

I have exactly those and found them to look too busy. They fact that I like the look of the "era of the lovers "  on 70's muscle, is what inspired this idea. But 3 step vs. 6 step. gives the car the feel of a vintage Miura Lambo or even the rear glass cover of the F40. It still serves the original purpose of protecting the rear passengers from a direct sun beating. but the cool factor is the name of the game here. The car will more than likely be named the VILAN- KING PYTHON. Being that it's the largest appearing mustang generation so a few scales of this louvered glass going down its back doesn't hurt the namesake. Some of the styling ques to give attention to this name is the rear glass, the openings in the front facia that appear as nostrils, the widened quarters for the thickness of a python and for sure the split front spoiler like the unhinged mouth and jaw of a python that swallows its prey whole lol. I tell you, I'm having a blast with this cars design. Even the stock Mach 1 hood "black out" looks like the top of a snakes head without having to change anything. I'd love for the first impression to be that of a python as long as it's done with extreme taste. Don't worry I'm not going to paint scales on the thing lol.

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IMG_1500.jpgThis is a sample of of the tail light panel being machined out of acrylic. Looks like Marco got the tooling just right. With minor tweaking he could have a finished piece in about 6 hours of machining.
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You can see how the acrylic cut away piece fits over the tail light bucket and lens.

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