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Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: November 28, 2018 05:19AM

My project to create clear and smoked front turn signal lenses for LM Corvairs led to many requests for clear tail light lenses too. Just like my clear front turn signal lenses, I know these will not appeal to everyone but enough people have asked for them that I have proceeded with production of only the 65 clear tail light lenses. Some of you may have seen the earliest production pieces at my booth in Palm Springs. Since returning from the Fan Belt Toss I’ve been working on new molds and perfecting the filling method so I get good lenses every time. I’ve also invested in a small laser cutter so I can make foam gaskets to go along with each lens sold.

Note: I will not be providing the small inner aluminum trim rings and have no plans to do so. I found the rings are easily removed from old broken lenses and there seem to be plenty of those around. Some people have installed the lenses without the inner trim ring and like the look the way it is.

Clear or smoked tail light lenses will be sold in sets of two including gaskets along with USA delivery included for $40 per pair. A full set of four is $78
I have about 8 sets ready at this time. Please PM me if you wish to purchase. I also have stock of clear and smoked LM front turn signal lenses for $35 a set delivered.

There has been little demand for 66-69 style rear lenses so there are no plans to make them currently but after the first of the year I will review the demand. The 66-69 lenses are quite different from the 65 style and will require two different molds to duplicate the OEM style reflectors that are only on the backup lens.

With all of my clear lens products, it is up to you to determine if these are legal to use in your area. At a minimum, you should plan have two small red reflectors on the rear of your vehicle somewhere. On my V8 with all clear tail light lenses, I have little reflectors with magnets that I can remove for shows or put back on the bumper for the street.

forsale


Dave W. / Gilbert Arizona
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed
65 Corsa 140 4-speed
66 Corsa 455 Toro V8
65 Monza 455 Toro V8
65 Monza 110 Convertible
65 Monza 4DR 140 PG w/factory A/C
65 Monza 4DR EJ20T w/5-speed







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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: 67 airvair ()
Date: November 28, 2018 06:05AM

For those who want/have to salvage the rings off old lenses, I have a recommendation. Old rings, even some that you might not think can be salvaged, can be reconditioned. I use a polish named Simichrome, available online or at some auto and hardware stores. It is amazing, as it can make even aluminum polish up like chrome.

-Mark

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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: Spectre ()
Date: November 28, 2018 06:25AM

IU'm just trying to figure out if I want clear or smoked.

David Clamp


1965 Corsa convertible - 140 4spd/3.55/AM-FM

2013 Mustang GT convertible - 5.0, 6spd auto, Procharger i-1

2003 Miata SE - 6spd manual (wife's toy)

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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: November 28, 2018 06:43AM

67 airvair Wrote:
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> For those who want/have to salvage the rings off
> old lenses...

Thanks for the polishing tips Mark. Many times, I have been able to remove the rings off of old lenses just by hand. If they need extra help, place them in a toaster oven at about 180 F or in a pan of boiling water. I find a popsicle stick is good to flick them off and also to dig out the old adhesive. To glue them on the new lens I have used tiny dots of clear RTV.

The rings are bright anodized aluminum and some people have been stripping them with oven cleaner and polishing them up even further. That is a lot more work though.

Note: The rings are a tight fit on the OD so if you plan to paint them or powdercoat them for a full custom look, be sure not to get the coating too thick or you might have issues.

These two inner rings were stripped and polished with Happich Simichrome paste. I think they look as good as the outer ring which is real chrome.


Dave W. / Gilbert Arizona
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed
65 Corsa 140 4-speed
66 Corsa 455 Toro V8
65 Monza 455 Toro V8
65 Monza 110 Convertible
65 Monza 4DR 140 PG w/factory A/C
65 Monza 4DR EJ20T w/5-speed




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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: November 28, 2018 06:54AM

P/M Sent!!

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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: viewmaster ()
Date: November 28, 2018 07:20AM

Those are trick, Dave!!!! Nice work. Ill have to get me some.

-m



Mike
'65 '500' Sedan 110 PG
'65 Monza Sedan turbo'd 110 SU conversion
Fresno, CA

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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 28, 2018 08:12AM

The amount of light these clear lense let thru is phenomenal!





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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: aircooled6 ()
Date: November 28, 2018 10:21AM

I really like the look of the rear lenses. Wow! It just makes the car look completely different. I only have my Brier left in the fleet, but I still love the cars, too!

Everett Wilson
North Richland Hills TX
(Now, South of 820!!)
64 Greenbrier 110 with 95 heads/PG

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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: November 28, 2018 11:30AM

aircooled6 Wrote:
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> I only have my Brier left in the fleet...

At the Fan Belt Toss I was asked to make clear F/C tail lights and the small clear lens that goes above the recessed license plate on the later F/C's with the fiberglass engine access door. Neither are likely to get made with only a single request but who knows? I was nudged into making clear front turn signal lenses by the folks overseas who needed them to pass state inspections. I just sent a set of clear fronts to an Australian owner who needed them for his RHD 65 Monza.


Dave W. / Gilbert Arizona
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed
65 Corsa 140 4-speed
66 Corsa 455 Toro V8
65 Monza 455 Toro V8
65 Monza 110 Convertible
65 Monza 4DR 140 PG w/factory A/C
65 Monza 4DR EJ20T w/5-speed




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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: November 28, 2018 11:49AM

I would take a couple sets of the FC lenses if you made them, smoked!





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1960 4dr sedan caveman car
1961 Rampside (Chetside)
1962 Rampside (Barnside)
1962 Short Rampside (Shortside)
1962 Monza 700 Wagon
1963 Monza 900 coup (General Nader)

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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: triumphcorvair ()
Date: November 28, 2018 12:04PM

Dave those are cool. I know you've done your homework on LED's. Having said that, I'm sure that there are red LED's that would work?

Darrell McCracken
Huntsville, Texas

65 140 Monza
71 Triumph Bonneville

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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: larry202br ()
Date: November 28, 2018 12:45PM

triumphcorvair Wrote:
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> Dave those are cool. I know you've done your
> homework on LED's. Having said that, I'm sure that
> there are red LED's that would work?

Ah, good question. you might want RED for the tail light/brake light combo. a white brake light wouldn't work that well, IMHO.

Dave, what do you use for lamps?

1961 rampside with a 65 / 67 110 engine, car four speed.
1965 convertible
1966 Custom two door/four door

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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: November 28, 2018 01:37PM

larry202br Wrote:
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> Dave, what do you use for lamps?

I have a drawer full of 1156 and 1157 plug-n-play LEDs bulbs that have failed me so I tend to make my own.

For the front turn signals I finally found a amber/white 1157 based switchback LED that seems to be reasonable in price, bright and has not failed me yet. I know others have been using them as well so maybe some finally got it right.
[www.amazon.com]
This bulb is not a candidate for a right angle install (and the wrong colors anyway) so it won't work in the tail lights. Someone here might recommend a good PNP LED tail light in red or white. Matt?

I still make my own custom units for my tail lights. This lets me build very bright brake lights that can be red, white and amber within the same housing. Some people are using pre-made LED rings from eBay in their tail lights but those involve some extra wiring and mods.


Dave W. / Gilbert Arizona
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed
65 Corsa 140 4-speed
66 Corsa 455 Toro V8
65 Monza 455 Toro V8
65 Monza 110 Convertible
65 Monza 4DR 140 PG w/factory A/C
65 Monza 4DR EJ20T w/5-speed




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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: larry202br ()
Date: November 28, 2018 01:54PM

Here's one that might work at the right angle: Amazon red LED. It has pretty good reviews.

1961 rampside with a 65 / 67 110 engine, car four speed.
1965 convertible
1966 Custom two door/four door

KC0SKX
Olathe, ks
HACOA

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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: 67 airvair ()
Date: November 28, 2018 02:09PM

Now that you mention FC taillights,bo here's two for you. The combo lens is my favorite, something I think the factory should have done.

-Mark

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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: larry202br ()
Date: November 29, 2018 06:12AM

Then there are these designed for an HD: Harley right angle LEDs

1961 rampside with a 65 / 67 110 engine, car four speed.
1965 convertible
1966 Custom two door/four door

KC0SKX
Olathe, ks
HACOA

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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 29, 2018 02:24PM

[www.amazon.com]


What I'm running, freak'n bright, installed same as the stock bulb.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: larry202br ()
Date: November 29, 2018 03:52PM

And there are these but no idea how to reach the maker.

1961 rampside with a 65 / 67 110 engine, car four speed.
1965 convertible
1966 Custom two door/four door

KC0SKX
Olathe, ks
HACOA

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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 29, 2018 04:47PM

For more information contact Hank

Retrolumen@gmail.com
403-278-4403


mentioned here





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Re: Clear 65 Tail Light Lenses Now Available
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: November 30, 2018 06:02AM

Thanks for the orders everyone! Shipped out 8 packages so far. Another one going out later today.


Dave W. / Gilbert Arizona
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed
65 Corsa 140 4-speed
66 Corsa 455 Toro V8
65 Monza 455 Toro V8
65 Monza 110 Convertible
65 Monza 4DR 140 PG w/factory A/C
65 Monza 4DR EJ20T w/5-speed




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