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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Feb 25th, 19, 4:54 PM Thread Starter
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Install daytime running lights on '67 Chevelle?

I've been thinking of installing daytime running lights on my '67 Chevelle.

Something like these in the open slot area next to the turn signals.
https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/b/anzo-usa-2789/accessories-16449/accessories---exterior-16767/exterior-lighting-16612/lighting-accessories--universal--19416/da10ba0848bc/anzo-usa-running-light/861160/2499578?q=LED+running+lights&pos=6

I know this would take away from the "stock" look, but I'm not necessarily trying to keep a stock look. It's already "modified" with 17" wheels/tires, Dakota digital dash instruments.

Just wondering what the thoughts are on doing this or if anyone has suggestions for lights that are even smaller. The ones I found (about link) are about 6" long.
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Re: Install daytime running lights on '67 Chevelle?

I understand the desire to modernize, but I'd prefer to keep the factory styling, rather than add on an additional set of lights...


Its all personal choice. IMO, something better integrated, looking like the factory did it... I think the LEDs will look out of place unless the rest of the lights are updated/ upgraded (at least in the front)... If you have bright LEDs, but dim, yellow headlights and turn signals, the LEDs will look out of place... Why not just run some brighter LED bulbs in the stock turn signal housings? Running lights are meant to be seen, not to create light to see by...

Or perhaps some headlights with an LED ring or?


Even the Dakota Digital still fits in the stock dash area, right? Just thinking how stuff blends together usually looks better.


Although I ran "fog lights" through the front bumper holes on my '66 Malibu, back in the day (and I didn't drive in the fog much)...

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Re: Install daytime running lights on '67 Chevelle?

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Although I ran "fog lights" through the front bumper holes on my '66 Malibu, back in the day (and I didn't drive in the fog much)...
I drove in the fog very often. Could get away with it back then. lol Thankfully nothing ever happened.
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I understand the desire to modernize, but I'd prefer to keep the factory styling, rather than add on an additional set of lights...
Its all personal choice. IMO, something better integrated, looking like the factory did it... I think the LEDs will look out of place unless the rest of the lights are updated/ upgraded (at least in the front)... If you have bright LEDs, but dim, yellow headlights and turn signals, the LEDs will look out of place... Why not just run some brighter LED bulbs in the stock turn signal housings? Running lights are meant to be seen, not to create light to see by...
Thanks for your comments. It's caused me to give the idea a second thought. The more I think about it now, LEDs would look out of place.
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Re: Install daytime running lights on '67 Chevelle?

If your headlamps are 5 3/4” (they should be), I’d suggest going with hella housings with the “city light” option. I have them on my 70.

They incorporate a small 5w halogen bulb at the base of the housing. This bulb can be wired however you want. I currently have them wired to come on with the parking lamps.

They aren’t as bright as the headlamps (obviously), but you can plainly see the during daylight hours. It looks pretty cool.

If you’re interested, I can dig up the part number. Got them from Daniel stern lighting. They were not cheap. I bought them mainly for the exceptional beam pattern and I don’t regret that decision.

But beware, this conversion will entail changing out the h/l socket and using a bulb type replacement for the lighting element as opposed to the sealed beam.
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Re: Install daytime running lights on '67 Chevelle?

SSJohn,
Thanks for the info. I looked on the Daniel Stern Lighting website and as cool as some of the headlight options are, I don't think I can justify spending that kind of money. I don't really drive my Chevelle at night. I was just thinking of a simple way to have some daytime running lights on my car.

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Re: Install daytime running lights on '67 Chevelle?

Back in the day Fog Lights "hidden" behind the grille were cool. They could be used as DRLs.

You could modify your front parking lights to come on as DRLs (just the front lamps, not the rear). That would entail some wire, a couple of relays, a switch...

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Back in the day Fog Lights "hidden" behind the grille were cool. They could be used as DRLs.
In the early 70'x I had a '72 Nova that I put fog lights behind the grille. No room for that on my Chevelle sine I added Vintage Air, the condenser takes up too much of that space.

You could modify your front parking lights to come on as DRLs (just the front lamps, not the rear). That would entail some wire, a couple of relays, a switch...
Now that's an idea. I like that. I'll talk to my mechanic who likes to do automotive wiring and is good at it.

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Re: Install daytime running lights on '67 Chevelle?

The chrome bumpers all ready do that..
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I was just thinking of a simple way to have some daytime running lights on my car.

Ken,
I haven't looked lately but GM actually sold a DRL kit a few years back for older cars that just used the regular headlights but turned them on at a lower voltage to act as a drl. I would do some searching, I bet you could find something similar. Personally I have gotten in the habit of just turning the headlights on any time I drive. Serves the same purpose with no additional money other than bulbs a little more often than usual.

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Ken,
I haven't looked lately but GM actually sold a DRL kit a few years back for older cars that just used the regular headlights but turned them on at a lower voltage to act as a drl. I would do some searching, I bet you could find something similar. Personally I have gotten in the habit of just turning the headlights on any time I drive. Serves the same purpose with no additional money other than bulbs a little more often than usual.
I've never liked that look of headlights running at a low voltage with that pale yellow look. Many Honda vehicles and some others were this way until the advent of the LED strips as DRLs. I may do as you suggest and turn on the headlights.

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Re: Install daytime running lights on '67 Chevelle?

I just bought this kit from Revolution Electronics: Headlight Auto Power-off

It automatically turns your headlights off when you turn the car off. After I install it I plan to just leave the headlight switch on at all times, kind of like a new car.

From his website:

"This kit works great as a Daytime-Running-Light upgrade for your classic. If you live in an area where this feature is required, or you just like the safety benefits, this is the kit you want. Easy to install, easy on the wallet, easy to use, leaves everything looking totally stock."
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I installed a $5 buzzer under dash on my 66 c10 that buzzes when you have head lights on and key off, very simple and effective, , you just have to get in habit of turning lights on low beam when you drive. some cars used have this as on option back in 70s and 80's. Allan

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I thought it was human nature to always turn and look at our cars once getting out? lol. No need for lights are on reminders.
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Re: Install daytime running lights on '67 Chevelle?

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I just bought this kit from Revolution Electronics: Headlight Auto Power-off

It automatically turns your headlights off when you turn the car off. After I install it I plan to just leave the headlight switch on at all times, kind of like a new car.

From his website:

"This kit works great as a Daytime-Running-Light upgrade for your classic. If you live in an area where this feature is required, or you just like the safety benefits, this is the kit you want. Easy to install, easy on the wallet, easy to use, leaves everything looking totally stock."

That looks like a good product. However on a '67 Chevelle, it's not easy to get to the back of the headlight switch to change the wiring connections. Thanks for the link though.

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