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    Champ tailight improvement

    As many of you know I am currently repainting our 64 Champ , Anyway while removing the taillight lens I noticed the inside of the bucket was painted black. I am sure if I painted the bucket white or silver it would certainly make the lights more visible , Just a heads up to other Champ owners , Ed

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    I try to always line the taillite housing with aluminum foil, shiny side out, really helps. Luck Doofus

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    Also use the high intensity LED cluster bulbs which really smarten up the light output.
    From SuperBrightLeds.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by 007 View Post
    Also use the high intensity LED cluster bulbs which really smarten up the light output.
    From SuperBrightLeds.com
    Can these be used without other modifications?
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    White paint is the best; much more reflective than silver, chrome or foil.

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    Definitely put something besides black in there. I've seen mostly Egg Shell color on the inside of the truck housings. Anything will help.

    Most LED bulbs need an electronic flasher because the points type won't work on such a low draw. Some are built in now for older cars.. There are threads somewhere here about using the LED's

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    Quote Originally Posted by 007 View Post
    Also use the high intensity LED cluster bulbs which really smarten up the light output.
    From SuperBrightLeds.com
    I have this type in my Sky Hawk tail lights, with the Stock flasher...no problems. They're for motorcycle tail lights. And bright white paint DOES reflect more light than anything else...

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    No mods are required to operate these LED bulbs. I guess that is a bit of a misnomer since it is not a bulb but a series of L.E.D. (light emitting diode)
    The company (SuperbrightLeds.com) also has an excellent tech department if you have any inquiries about LED's.
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    For LED, isn't the recommendation to get ones that shine red for the tail lights? I remember seeing somewhere that the whites will make the light appear pink instead of red - or maybe there is a difference between plastic and glass tail light lenses...

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    what is the stock number?

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    Is the lamp housing on the truck deep enough to accept the bulb pictured?
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    I went to their website and the bulb pictured above appears to be this one: 1157 LED Bulb - Dual Function 18 SMD LED Tower - BAY15D Bulb


    Is this correct?

    I just ordered a pair of these for the taillights on my '61 Champ truck. It appears the same bulb is used in the front turn signals. I am curious how these will look and work. Stay tuned.
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    yes please post your results , Thanks Ed

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    They show 1157-R18-T-2PK RED Led's, 2 for $11.90 They also have the 27 LED ones.

    They do also recommend the Load Resister Kit RL-650-K for $4.95.

    I am guessing that would only be needed, if you run LED's Front and Rear, which IMHO is never needed!

    Red would be the way to go for Tail Lights.

    They won't tell you the important Length Measurement of the "Bulb" portion, but you can figure it out. The Total Length is 1.64 and the Base is .74, so it is .90
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    The new bulbs arrived and I installed them this afternoon. They fit right in and worked great. I put the original incandescent bulbs in the truck just in case but I am very pleased with how bright the new LED bulbs are. And they were not all that expensive - $16.59 including shipping for a 2 pack.
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    So to be sure, is this the one you ordered?

    1157 LED Bulb - Dual Function 18 SMD LED Tower - BAY15D Bulb
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddub View Post
    So to be sure, is this the one you ordered?

    1157 LED Bulb - Dual Function 18 SMD LED Tower - BAY15D Bulb
    Yes. That is the bulb. They work really well. Nice and bright and about the same size as the incandescent bulbs they replaced.
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    Thanks, just ordered a pair.
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