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Graham Bichard
Posted on: March 15th, 2010, 21:23:15 Quote Report to Moderator
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Bit of fun really, as the cars at the other end of the country and I'm sat here armed with a CBS catalogue!
These are the rear light(s) fitted to the car at the moment:

What have you got fitted to your cars?
(I quite like the modern LED lights in the catalogue, but I'm not sure they'd suit the car - what do you think?)
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Craig Smith
Posted on: March 16th, 2010, 09:30:42 Quote Report to Moderator
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Blank canvas Graham, but LED's are the future  

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Matthew Payne
Posted on: March 16th, 2010, 12:48:58 Quote Report to Moderator
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I have filled all the holes that were in the back of mine... I would like the all in one LED units too.
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Richard Porter
Posted on: March 16th, 2010, 23:56:58 Quote Report to Moderator
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You could always fit LED bulbs inside Mini van rear lights (upside down, of course).
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Olly Lewis
Posted on: March 17th, 2010, 13:30:34 Quote Report to Moderator
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Hello all,

Since you've asked graham, i prefere the early lights used (mini van upside down) or land rover style lights like the ones one the car, just well positioned.

I ended up fitting a light cluster from the metro as per Keith Roses ex Marcos, due to me using the metro loom and easy replacement. but i wish i hadn't because they don't look so good.

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Graham Bichard
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If I had a 'blank canvas' I think I too could be tempted to go the upside down mini van route, especially if it was possible to get a set that were perhaps lightly smoked or, as seen on modded cars on the continent, a dark red brake/tail section with a smoked indicator panel.  With LED bulbs that could be the answer - a modern twist to a classic (and good looking!) set up.
However, as the shells been painted and has the holes in place from Heritage, and I would like a modern-ish interpretation I think the round LEDs are the way I'll go.  I'llhappily enlarge the holes (Matthew came up with an answer as to how I'll do that, keeping the holes concentric!)
I just thought I'd have an ask to see what everyone else has done  
These: http://www.cbsonline.co.uk/122mm-stop-tail-and-indicator-pair-rl35-3505-p.asp (might be a bit large?)
But what would I use in the other holes?  These: http://www.cbsonline.co.uk/longlife-bulb-dual-concentric-fog-lamp-and-reflector-rl45-4408-p.asp
Not LED but could work (and put another reverse light in the place of the current fog light).
Perhaps not, with them being different sizes  
And its a shame these don't appear to be IVA complient - I'd like to keep the number of holes drilled in the shell to a minimum: http://www.cbsonline.co.uk/number-plate-bolt-lights-npbl-1721-p.asp

It's not like I've got to decide anytime soon - I could change my mind a dozen times yet!!!

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The answer may be to fit the cheapest possible compliant lights for the IVA, then afterwards you can change them and sell your 'IVA kit' to someone else for the same purpose.
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Posted on: March 19th, 2010, 16:09:35
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This is the one I showed you a few months ago with all the cracks in it. I haven't done anything over the winter. It will probably end up looking very similar to Foggy at the rear.

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Graham Bichard
Posted on: March 19th, 2010, 20:34:47 Quote Report to Moderator
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The answer may be to fit the cheapest possible compliant lights for the IVA, then afterwards you can change them and sell your 'IVA kit' to someone else for the same purpose.



Hadn't thought of that!  I must admit though, I'd rather get it right, and then just drive it after IVA, not carry on re-building it.  It might be an option though.

Pictures of 'Foggy'?

Some pictures I took at Prescott last year (van lights seem popular)



And the Heritage demo car with LEDs:
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Posted on: March 19th, 2010, 21:10:23
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Quoted from Graham Bichard, posted March 19th, 2010, 20:34:47 at here
Pictures of 'Foggy'?



It's a bit neater now, with an EU-style number plate in the middle and no GB sticker. Originally I had a yellow GB plate matching the number plate.

RAX is nice, but I'd have duplicated the fog and reversing lights. If you don't use angled lamps like the Mini van ones it's best to french in the lights otherwise they point downwards.


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Neil KilBane
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just a little fine tuning left to do.


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This is what I have, they are Triumph Toledo lights.

 
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Peter Bremner
Posted on: March 19th, 2010, 23:49:46 Quote Report to Moderator
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Do you get good reception with that aerial?    
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Wil Ker
Posted on: March 20th, 2010, 11:47:15 Quote Report to Moderator
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IVA compliance shouldn't be a problem with almost all types of lamps, if they have an 'E' mark it's straight forward, but lights without the 'E' mark are fine as long as the light intensity is correct.

The critical part to the IVA compliance is the position of the lights.
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Matthew Payne
Posted on: March 20th, 2010, 12:49:14 Quote Report to Moderator
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Graham - I love the those 122mm LED lamps. They are top of my list at the moment (but that could easily change).

On the topic of inverted van lights... I (personally) think they look great on Mk1-3 cars, but (IMHO) dont look so good with the silly bumper on Mk4 onwards models...
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Posted on: March 21st, 2010, 18:12:03 Quote Report to Moderator
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Here are some more rears for you to look at:

http://www.minimarcos.org/hindsight/
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