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Old 10-13-2017, 01:11 AM
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It's been a while since I've been on the forum as I sold my Cobra and didn't want to torture myself by staying in touch. As fate would have it, bought my old car back after 6 years and now have the challenge of bringing it back to the way she left here.
There are several things I want to change and one of those is the reversing light. The car has a modern slant rather than traditional and the light I have (sorry the forum won't upload a photo) is fairly old fashioned and is positioned below the back of the car level with the fuel tank.
I'm looking for suggestions on what others have used and where I could source them from. I'm pretty sure I've seen a few Cobras with an oval shaped light that could be fixed externally where my current one is but I'm stuffed if I can find anything searching google. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-13-2017, 11:20 AM
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Hi All
It's been a while since I've been on the forum as I sold my Cobra and didn't want to torture myself by staying in touch. As fate would have it, bought my old car back after 6 years and now have the challenge of bringing it back to the way she left here.
There are several things I want to change and one of those is the reversing light. The car has a modern slant rather than traditional and the light I have (sorry the forum won't upload a photo) is fairly old fashioned and is positioned below the back of the car level with the fuel tank.
I'm looking for suggestions on what others have used and where I could source them from. I'm pretty sure I've seen a few Cobras with an oval shaped light that could be fixed externally where my current one is but I'm stuffed if I can find anything searching google. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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I had a pair of small chrome driving lights (like these: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Optronics...t-Kit/16680058 ) that took MR16 halogen lamps. I pulled the MR16 halogens and installed a LED / reflector assembly from a cheap flashlight in each unit. These weren't designed to be powered by 12 volts, so I took a standard USB charger that plugs into an accessory outlet, pulled it out of its case and soldered leads to it. 12 volts in, 5 volts out. I installed the modded charger inside a pill bottle, sealed it up and tucked it away.

These have worked like a charm, but reasonably priced LED MR16 bulbs are now available so I'd go that route if I had to do it over again.
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Can't recall whose car it is but as a modern slant, they'd cut horizontal slots into the rear skirt and fitted the matching, XF? falcon perhaps, reverse lens into the slots with a light behind.

Someone else will recall this I'm sure and chime in but this gave a great clean look.

I'm running old VW lenses for the old style look but also retrofitted LED globes so the lights are very bright in use, when I can keep them both running though, wiring gremlin for now!
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Don't fit one!
I changed out my rear indicators for double filament bulbs, so now when I go reverse I get both rear indicators coming on. (Obviously wiring made to suit). The ICV rules state the reversing lights can be white or amber, so I went with amber.
It's so modern its not even there
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Can't recall whose car it is but as a modern slant, they'd cut horizontal slots into the rear skirt and fitted the matching, XF? falcon perhaps, reverse lens into the slots with a light behind.

Someone else will recall this I'm sure and chime in but this gave a great clean look.
I did this - not the first and cannot remember where I saw it originally. The idea was to hide them in the stripes like this ...



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That's the one I recall thanks Geof.

How did you mount the whole light assembly behind the lenses?
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I placed LED lights inside the original indicators then swapped out the clear globes for orange. Then replaced the Orange lenses for the white E marked lenses.
That way when you indicate it's orange and when reversing the lights are white.
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That's the one I recall thanks Geof.

How did you mount the whole light assembly behind the lenses?
There is a void in the Harrison between the fuel tank and the rear where the lenses push through.
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Late model mini reversing lights, well they were late model when I built it 15 years ago.... they fit into the void that is there in a DRB and a Harrison... not sure on the others.
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