Now this one caught me like an unexpected smack up-side the head. Normally I look at these cars (or whatever you call them) with sad eyes and a heavy dose of "man, that is just so darned ugly", but yesterday I was following one and whammo - check out that taillight panel across the back! Might take some frenching in to make the contours work with the Sterling back end - but I think these would look pretty cool stretching across the back of one!
Who was asking for a modern vehicle with usable tail lights?
Saw that too when the Cube first came out. I swear the car was designed to look like it has congenital hydrocephalus... but I digress. I think full width might be too wide, but just the light panels alone, which are separate, might work!
So I spotted a set of tail lights on a car today, which might be workable. And by that I mean a lot of work.
Mitsubishi Pajero tail lights;
I know, they look impossible to fit. But here's my radical idea. Don't mount them vertical, but horizontal. So either with the curvature facing down or up. But notice the other thing, they have an integrated vent! My way of thinking would be to mount them with the vent towards the top of the car, so as to provide another outlet of heat from the engine bay. Remember, heat moves upwards.
Wouldn't be legal here in Oz, as I believe the indicator has to be on the outer edge of the rear of the car (ie towards the corners), but you guys might be able to get away with it.
Probably not really a great choice, and they're pretty huge to boot. Just thought it was cool they had an integrated vent.
These can be depending on scale.
But you wont be able to mount them either way. The bulb location in the reflector housing will only shine to the rear of the car in one direction.
But I get your idea, I have also thought about this in the past with chevy silverado tail lights.
I really like these Lincoln tail lights, but there is to much curve in it. The entire tail end would have to be remade for these. But I really do like them. Then again I bet they are also to wide for the car as well.
I love those lights. Looking at the ones on eBay the curve doesn't look too drastic, but certainly more than the cars have naturally. Some high heat cooking in a large oven might straighten them out...
Only the center section would likely fit though.. One would have to figure out the turn signals.
Wow.. I never thought I'd see a clone of an Aztec 7. The rear end treatment.. well.. actually, if the "mesh" were smaller it might actually work - with a thicker looking mesh and smaller openings. Might give the local PD something to think about when the brake lights are on!
Thats what make it so worth it. Its not easy, or off the shelf. Heck, anyone can buy the same thing if its off the shelf. Doing something like this is what sets YOUR car apart from the rest of the crowd anywhere it goes,... car shows, driving down the highway, etc...
For me, its why I didnt buy a late 80's lotus epsrit S2, I bought a sterling.
I am entertaining idea of using rear bumper grill with taillights from mini cooper S, mounted upside down on my Cimbria. What are your toughts? According to measurements I took, it should work perfectly spanning from one side to the other. Could someone with photoshop skills put one on the Cimbria SS rear. Fuzz, I hope you don't mind me referencing your photo as an example for Cimbria rear view.
If I have a few moments I'll play with that. The Mini rear valance doesn't contain taillights, though. Those are simply reflectors with the reverse lights built in, depending on the year. You will have to retrofit something for the actual brake and turn signals... and those Mini lights aren't all that big!