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    Default Need advice about tail light

    Dear all,

    In estonia we have a fck stupid car register laws . In shortly, before i can pre-register my tbird i have to change original red Tail Lights or modify them so way that it should contain two different lights. One yellow light for side and the red light for brake. I hope you will understand my problem. I hate this situation due my plan in project was to restore to original.
    Do anyone has a clue where i can buy so called euro lights for Tbird? Any idea, help is grateful.

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    Reinis

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    Default Re: Need advice about tail light

    I'm not sure you can buy euro tail lights for the T-birds, all I know is that some people modded there 87-88 T-Bird lights to look euro by taking apart and removing the red lens from the taillight assembly.

    I don't think you can do the same thing with 83-85 T-bird tail lights as they don't have a seperate red lens along with a clear lens like the 87-88 birds.

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    Default Re: Need advice about tail light

    he means euro as in "european", they use a separate amber turn signal
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    Reinis, I don't believe you will find what you need. I know for certain that these cars were exported to Canada and Mexico, but at the time no amber/red taillight lenses were necessary. You will probably have to make your own. On your taillights, I believe you can remove the brushed aluminum strip from the bottom, and possibly wire an amber LED light or something similar in that area. That's the only area I can think of, for what you need to do.

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    OK, here's a suggestion for ya: In most areas backup lights are not required by law. If that is the case in Estonia you could put orange 1156NA bulbs in the backup light housings, then cut the wire going from the brake light switch to the turn signal switch. Cut the wires going to your existing stop/turn bulbs and connect these wires to your new "turn" lamps. Then, run a wire from the stop lamp switch directly to the factory stop/turn bulbs that you disconnected previously. This would convert your tail lights so that the existing stop/turn lights turn into stop only (no flash) and your existing backup lights (with orange bulbs) would become turn only (no stop function). This should get you by for registration and is about the simplest and most non-damaging way i can think of to make your car Euro-legal.

    Now, if you DO require backup lights all is not lost. You could drill a 1" hole in each backup light hosing beside the existing backup bulb and add a second bulb/socket to the backup lights and use these as turn lamps. The backup lamp housing is plenty large enough to house two bulbs so you should be OK that way.
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    Default Re: Need advice about tail light

    Now that sounds like it would work to me...good idea!
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    never would of thought of that
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    i don't think so it just burns me up
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    I'm sure the official regulation is in there somewhere....

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    Thunder Chickens idea is very good, as long as the amber signal doesn't have to be on the outside of the brake lamps...






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