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Knowing my car so long it does seem to have a 'i'll show you attitude' or possessed sometimes. In '78 i commented (and remember AM was the main radios then) that the best thing bout the car was the radio and air shocks. Right after that BOOM! the shocks blew and 2 mins later the radio quit! Exhaust mount rubbed the shock as it was on upside down, they were on there when i got them and Midas knew as it explained the pry bar that fell out of my car 15 miles down the road. Radio a wire fell off. Flash forward to 2000 little boy sitting on sidewalk, i'm trying to get the car road worthy after sitting since '79 basically and i am a little perturbed and ask him if he wants to see a car burn. I go on a 6 mile round trip test drive and come back with smoke rolling out of the back from a wheel bearing and when i open the hood there is gas everywhere! I didn't get the fuel line tight or something. So now i NEVER say anything like those things where the car can hear me! lol

As for your lights, i would think that should be good enough, they are definitely visible! Next time i'm junk yarding i'll check some of the cars and see what they got in there, if i can figure out what i'm looking for. Retrace the 3rd light wire back. Thanks for the tip!



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Funny about the bloodshot eyes, and that monster peeking out, ha! I can see that now as well. Christine, the Sequel.

You could prolly go yarding and find like a late '80s Ford car and see if you can grab the 3rd brake light 'stuff' in the trunk, such as the harness that may have the small converter box molded into it. I believe the factory harnesses had that in them for a few years, until they changed over the insides of the factory turn signal switches --in the column. You should be able to then use any of your truck stop LEDS and so on?

I may do that too when my turn comes .....right now I'm pretty content with what I've got for light output back there --until a day comes along of course and some motorist wooshes by screaming "yer lights still look burned out, but cool car dude!" ...lol.

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Re: Brighter 64 Galaxie tail lights

Hey Deb, Norm,

Thanks for your help and encouragement. I hope to get the bumper all set up and if the LEDs arrive, get those in too. I'll certainly post some pics when it's all done. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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Here's a 3rd brake light wiring diagram to peek at in this HAMB thread. Maybe this is do-able for you?

Brake light wiring with 3 wire turn signal help. | The H.A.M.B.

Don't tell ANYone, but I also talk all nicey-nicey to my car, even patting it on the dash pad after a nice job of taking us there and back. Ya just NEVEr know!!

Yes, I'm sure now the powers here might 'brand' my profile with a little 'cuckoo' 'smilie', haha

I didn't see any 1986 Crown Vic wiring images on google, but I would try for a big Ford car, no trucks, no 3dr cars (liftgates), since those have too much trim to remove to get at the wiring. Mustangs avoid because junkyard folk likely charge more, just cuz it's a 'stang, lol. ...or if that HAMB thread winds up having the info you need, better yet!!

Funny thing ...last night was NSRA (here we are MSRA) safety inspection night, and of course my pesky l/rear brake light decided it was gonna act up. ...Christine again, hmmm? ...So a buddy and I frantically checked this and that, all while the inspector cut me some slack and waited patiently --turned out to be the lower bulkhead connector just a teeny bit loose, and wal-la, it came to life, and the car passed, yay! So yea, 'car karma' --it's verry real!

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Knowing my car so long it does seem to have a 'i'll show you attitude' or possessed sometimes. In '78 i commented (and remember AM was the main radios then) that the best thing bout the car was the radio and air shocks. Right after that BOOM!
As for your lights, i would think that should be good enough, they are definitely visible! Next time i'm junk yarding i'll check some of the cars and see what they got in there, if i can figure out what i'm looking for. Retrace the 3rd light wire back. Thanks for the tip!


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Knowing my car so long it does seem to have a 'i'll show you attitude' or possessed sometimes.
Hey mon Deb,
This is similar to something that I've been mentioning on&off about Ms. American and Lorrie Van Haul for a number of year. So am starting a WHOLE NEW Thread about it. This needs to be discussed.

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Don't tell ANYone, but I also talk all nicey-nicey to my car, even patting it on the dash pad after a nice job of taking us there and back. Ya just NEVEr know!! Yes, I'm sure now the powers here might 'brand' my profile with a little 'cuckoo' 'smilie', haha
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and wal-la, it came to life, and the car passed, yay! So yea, 'car karma' --it's verry real! Norm
Hey Norm,
Being a writer, finding the vocabulary of appropriate words to describe things is necessary. Have found that there are words to describe the effect of our Gals actually being "alive&sentient", and HOW that happens. Am starting a thread about it.

BTW, what you pronounced as "wal-la" is PROPERLY spelled "Voila'".

Anyway, watch for the NEW thread about our LIVING vehicles.

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I didn't read all post so don't know if this was mentioned or not. I re-lined my 68 light buckets with reflective tape and it made a huge difference. I'm frequently told I left my lights on during the day but................
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When you say "reflective tape" are you referring to the 3M type used like on road signs?
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Got a roll of it at the auto parts store - summit has it as well


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Glad we could help! Good luck with your lights, bumper etc and you also have a fantastic weekend!

Mine is booked, was invited to go to the races and be in the pits with them at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe WA. Never been in the pits ever and haven't been to a 'circle track' race in bout 30 yrs, looking forward to it!! They said i might know more than their mechanics! I seriously doubt that and they are non-Fords, the horror!! Sunday it's visiting Psig from on here and probably FEandGoingBroke also. Monday i guess is rest up day.



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Hey Deb, Norm,

Thanks for your help and encouragement. I hope to get the bumper all set up and if the LEDs arrive, get those in too. I'll certainly post some pics when it's all done. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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Thanks for the link and tips on what cars, i'll check it out! I usually hit the pick- or pull-a-part places so prices are the same for all makes. I do know what ya mean on pricing though!

No laughing as I point your direction here, I do the same!! LOL I tried to tell FEandGoingBroke that the mustang he was working on had it out for him one day also. Forget now if it was the dash lights or what that just decided to quit on the car he was restoring and they were just on shortly before that. Changed the fuse, changed to another fuse, removed gauge cluster, checked that all the wiring was correct, i even asked bout the paint and grounding but he had grounded it separately with a wire. After all this it just as mysteriously worked again. Maybe it was me, cause he had an issue with a panel on that same car too when i was there. But think that car and the previous project both had it in for him.

Sometimes, even if it seems dingy, ya can't take chances!

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Here's a 3rd brake light wiring diagram to peek at in this HAMB thread. Maybe this is do-able for you?

Brake light wiring with 3 wire turn signal help. | The H.A.M.B.

Don't tell ANYone, but I also talk all nicey-nicey to my car, even patting it on the dash pad after a nice job of taking us there and back. Ya just NEVEr know!!

Yes, I'm sure now the powers here might 'brand' my profile with a little 'cuckoo' 'smilie', haha

I didn't see any 1986 Crown Vic wiring images on google, but I would try for a big Ford car, no trucks, no 3dr cars (liftgates), since those have too much trim to remove to get at the wiring. Mustangs avoid because junkyard folk likely charge more, just cuz it's a 'stang, lol. ...or if that HAMB thread winds up having the info you need, better yet!!

Funny thing ...last night was NSRA (here we are MSRA) safety inspection night, and of course my pesky l/rear brake light decided it was gonna act up. ...Christine again, hmmm? ...So a buddy and I frantically checked this and that, all while the inspector cut me some slack and waited patiently --turned out to be the lower bulkhead connector just a teeny bit loose, and wal-la, it came to life, and the car passed, yay! So yea, 'car karma' --it's verry real!

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My tail light buckets look like new but could be connections between the tail lights and the front maybe, all the sockets and the 'local' plugs have been cleaned. It is mainly in the sun of summer i have issues with people. Kinda think it's that most are used to those glaring LED lights and not paying attention anymore these days. But this is a great tip for someone with not so bright buckets.

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My tail light buckets look like new but could be connections between the tail lights and the front maybe, all the sockets and the 'local' plugs have been cleaned.
My buckets look like new as well but the original 1157 bulbs just didn't light up bright enough during the day. I thought switching to 2357s and painting the bucket satin white would be a huge improvement (since white reflects all light). However, even after careful preparation, I couldn't get the paint to stick. It bubbled up after a second coat like I was using paint remover! It was even Rustoleum which I never had an adhesion problem with. I always heard that anodized aluminum was a great surface to paint. Anyways, I removed all the paint and went back to bright aluminum which should reflect ~75% of the light. I have LEDs ordered as my backup. I'll keep everyone posted.
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You're very welcome Gary !

I look forward to those pics and how the LEDS worked out for ya.

Thanks, and same to you!

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Hey Deb, Norm,

Thanks for your help and encouragement. I hope to get the bumper all set up and if the LEDs arrive, get those in too. I'll certainly post some pics when it's all done. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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You're quite welcome I hope you wind up finding a cure regardless which one does the trick --or in this case, pleases your car's 'spirit', lol

Have a great Mem Day weekend! Norm

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Thanks for the link and tips on what cars, i'll check it out! I usually hit the pick- or pull-a-part places so prices are the same for all makes. I do know what ya mean on pricing though!

No laughing as I point your direction here, I do the same!! LOL I tried to tell FEandGoingBroke that the mustang he was working on had it out for him one day also..............


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Update on signals: Yep they blink with the signal. I suppose there is a way to hook them up to only light up with the brake but I'm not a wiring guru at all and can only think to run a wire from the brake switch up front all the way to the back to do it. I'm sure there must be another way isn't there?
Yes. All in the trunk, and fairly easy, too. I'll take a look at them when your leave the car, and check options to get them working how you like. When I have some time after that, I can make a little module so the 3rd lights (or all the brake lights) do quick pulse flashes then steady if that "lights you up".

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