<VV> Christmas Time - Presents to - Yourself?

Mike Kost vairmike at sbcglobal.net
Fri Dec 21 23:10:06 EST 2007


I have been thinking about doing something like this myself. The cost 
sounds reasonable considering the cost of LED replacement bulbs. I might 
be interested since I've always thought the brightness of the taillights 
left a lot to be desired.

Mike Kost

Sethracer at aol.com wrote:
> At the SEMA show this past fall, I engaged a manufacturer of LED Tail light  
> assemblies on the subject of replacement taillights for the Corvair. They do 
> not  make pop-in bulb replacements, their product is a built from scratch 
> taillight  lens, designed to duplicate the external shape of the original lens, but 
> with  about 25 high intensity LEDs built into the assembly, correctly  aimed, 
> along with the electronics to control them and the dual intensity  output to 
> perform the Tail/Stop duties. When the light is off, it appears like a  new 
> original lens (with, perhaps some differences if you look through the  plastic 
> outer) but is much brighter in either mode (Tail or Stop/turn), when  
> activated. On the inside/backside is a plug that pops into the original  light socket. 
> It would use the original gasket design and hold-down ring.   It is a 
> "screw-in" replacement.They are built to mimic the load of the original  lights for 
> proper flasher performance. In addition, the back-up light  assembly might also 
> be available, with white LEDs. 
> A couple of caveats, right now, I have provided him with the late model  
> 66-69 lenses, they are the "later" models with the slightly larger trim  ring. 
> That would be the first application. Remember they would be a performance  
> enhancer - and shouldn't differ visually from the original design - but brighter  
> and, obviously, an "LED style" brightness. 
> I am trying to decide wheater to go ahead with production and sale of these  
> items. Who better to give me an opinion - either way Yes or No - and why you  
> would or would NOT buy a pair for your Corvair?
> Oh yes - The cost. I forecast the Tail/Stop lights should be about $35 each  
> - (Clarks price on a regular replacement lens is about $21 each. Around  the 
> same cost at Corvair Underground) You can look at this as a safety  item as 
> well. These lights will definitely make your car easier to see at night  and 
> brighter stop and turn signals even in the daytime.  Hot Rodders and  Modders will 
> probably install four of them. Anyway, I would be interested  in your 
> comments.
> Seth Emerson
> _Sethracer at aol.com_ (mailto:Sethracer at aol.com)  

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