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post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 20, 6:03 PM Thread Starter
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In the '70s this was cool (all my buds had them!)

So, back when I was building low dollar hot rods we would mount little lights to the lower shock mount or on the back side of traction bars.
The Chevelle I built in my adult years was always intended to be the car I would have wanted, but could never afford as a high School teenager but done right.
Long story on the car but I used Elky springs in the rear and KYB gas shocks in the back for a better 70's stance along with a crate motor, juiced up a bit with disc brakes and all the comforts of a newer car.
Does anyone remember mounting these lights on the axle area just for show or fun?
I'm having a hard time deciding if it's just dumb or if I should keep going after the 70's High School look!
(the top pic is where we used to mount them.
What's your take?
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post #2 of 65 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 20, 6:14 PM
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Re: In the '70s this was cool (all my buds had them!)

My memory tells me that was more an mid '80s thing...and we always laughed at those cars....sorry Lance. Great '68 and even better that you're local. We used to make it every year to THE Rod Run. It was quite different back when it was Labor day weekend. It seems since they moved it back a week it just wasn't the same. Still love that part of the state and the bay oysters are the friggin' best!!!
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My memory tells me that was more an mid '80s thing...and we always laughed at those cars....sorry Lance. Great '68 and even better that you're local. We used to make it every year to THE Rod Run. It was quite different back when it was Labor day weekend. It seems since they moved it back a week it just wasn't the same. Still love that part of the state and the bay oysters are the friggin' best!!!
Yup. 1985 my uncle had a 72 chevelle and from the back it looked like he ran over a Christmas tree. Lol. I thought it was cool as hell but the bulbs didnít last long mounted to the rear end. Those exact lights as well.

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post #4 of 65 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 20, 6:24 PM Thread Starter
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Re: In the '70s this was cool (all my buds had them!)

Yep, local to the Coast. My wife and I bought property here about 18 years ago and then two years ago the house to our immediate North went up for sale, we'd been drooling over it for a long time so we bought it, retired and moved here from Stevens Pass.

I Graduated High School in '78 and remember having them on my $500 '62 Chevy II nova... Maybe we were just ground breakers!
The real "Cool Guys" had them hooked up to running/turn/break lights

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Yup. 1985 my uncle had a 72 chevelle and from the back it looked like he ran over a Christmas tree. Lol. I thought it was cool as hell but the bulbs didnít last long mounted to the rear end. Those exact lights as well.
I have a couple shock mounted Motorcycle turn signals that I was thinking of using.
Since retiring, I spend days out in the shop tinkering with all the things I was never satisfied with on the car for the past 10 years or so. For instance, My wipers finally tuck away nicely and all the interior lights work, even the console lights!
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I have a couple shock mounted Motorcycle turn signals that I was thinking of using.
Since retiring, I spend days out in the shop tinkering with all the things I was never satisfied with on the car for the past 10 years or so. For instance, My wipers finally tuck away nicely and all the interior lights work, even the console lights!
If I saw you with those lights under your car I would say such a nice car and he had to ruin it. Real nice looking 68.

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Re: In the '70s this was cool (all my buds had them!)

Just dumb...but, back in the late 50's/early 60's I thought louvered hoods, flames, scallops, were cool. I might have felt differently back then. The way I see it now, shouldn't be any lights in the back except taillights, brake lights, and reverse if you're backing-up.
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Wow! I never met one of those cool guys.
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Lance, that is a real nice 68 you have, great paint/color.
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Re: In the '70s this was cool (all my buds had them!)

I always thought why is he trying to make his nice car look like a big rig.
BTW I was never cool but I did drive a blown car on the street in 1979.
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Re: In the '70s this was cool (all my buds had them!)

What about adding this too? Why stop at shock lights. NICE car as is.
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I bought a 70 Chevelle that had a blue light mounted on the front seam of the fuel tank. It was used to illuminate the chrome differential cover. It also had blue dot taillights. I removed them all. Not my thing.
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Re: In the '70s this was cool (all my buds had them!)

Here's the thing, if you like it and it brings back fond memories, do it. In my 72' I had when I was 18 I had a Radio Shack equalizer with green and red lights in a V-shape that I loved to see light up as I jammed 38 Special, now 52 my 71' has one very similar and it takes me back to the days. I had deep dish cragars and the back was raised up with air shocks, I heard some guys come by and say they wouldn't do that, it was my car. On somethings we worry too much about what others say because we worry we might be laughed at or not fit in, I don't care. I respect everybody for what they like.
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I put these in my 71 coupe in the 80s when I was in high school. They look great shining through the Crager SS wheels at night. To be honest, I just bought a set to mount on my convertible. Not correct, but it’s my car and I think it looks great.

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post #15 of 65 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 20, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Re: In the '70s this was cool (all my buds had them!)

Thanks all for the input, I do appreciate it!
Driving, or even just sitting in the shop and looking at the car brings back memories of my teen years (thank god there's no video evidence) cruising with my friends, burn-outs in the cul-de-sac, parties on the power line roads, etc...
I'll admit I gave some thought to the little lights but I think I'll leave those parts in the bin to use on a different project.
Thanks for helping with the decision!

Oh, and the Equalizer? Yep, loved those dancing lights mounted under the Pioneer Supertuner and the wedge speakers up on the package tray!
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, Molly Hatchet, and Van Halen blasting through until the speakers just crackled!
Today, I'd rather listen to the headers and gear drive!
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