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Adding a 3rd Brake Light to a '67

I read a couple of threads about adding a 3rd Brake Light, but, apparently, they were too old to reply to.


Just wondering if anyone has tried, or your thoughts on, one of these 36" strips on ebay that stick to the top of the back window glass? In one of the listings it noted they connect to both L&R brake lamps.


Or would a factory, '86 Monte Carlo or the like, from the scrapyard still be a better looking choice?


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Re: Adding a 3rd Brake Light to a '67

Tacky... I see no reason to add a 3rd brake light.
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you don't want it to reflect back into the interior every time the brakes are activated.
it will be difficult to integrate it to your car so it looks like it belongs.
i have thought of doing this to my car also,
but i was thinking on converting the backup lights to shine with the brake lights or
adding an led strip like the ones on along bottom of pick-up tailgates.
the led strip could go on the body just above the rear bumper an be mostly only visible during operation...
i have not done anything to my car yet; except add some reflectors on the license plate
for a little more visibility...

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Folks say mounting it low isn't very effective.
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I read a couple of threads about adding a 3rd Brake Light, but, apparently, they were too old to reply to.


Just wondering if anyone has tried, or your thoughts on, one of these 36" strips on ebay that stick to the top of the back window glass? In one of the listings it noted they connect to both L&R brake lamps.


Or would a factory, '86 Monte Carlo or the like, from the scrapyard still be a better looking choice?




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I guess Iíll take the contrarian view on adding a 3rd brakelight. I highly suggest it. The motoring public is so distracted these days, theyíre also conditioned to seeing late model bright LED taillights including a 3rd brake light. Throw in an older vehicle with small taillights that arenít LED bright, no 3rd brakelight, around sunset and you have the perfect setup to be getting rear-ended, imho.

I added a small Led strip 3rd brake light that I found at a heavy truck parts place. My new wiring harness already had the wiring in place for it. My back window is flat (El Camino)so I didnít need a curved housing to mount the unit Iím using. Itís super bright and thin and about 6-8Ē wide. I saw a huge improvement with drivers riding my ass in the 64 ever since adding it. In fact itís slightly below eye level for most drivers in cars and gets their attention fast and I see their front ends dipping as they jamb the brakes on. I still watch my mirrors, especially the RVM, but to me, itís a no-brainer to add something that could prevent an accident.

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My thoughts exactly.

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My thoughts exactly.

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Hereís the 3rd brake light Iím using. Itís attached using small metal tabs on either end. Sorry for the crappy pics.


This light from Summit is very similar if not identical to the one Iím using:

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/u...YaAhuKEALw_wcB
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Jeff, how did you wire it up?
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Jeff, how did you wire it up?
I didnít actually do the wiring on my car, but the American Autowire electrical harness had a 3rd brake light harness built in to the main harness to use as an option. If youíre on an oem harness, Iím assuming youíd have to tie into the brake light switch directly or the rear harness for brake lights?

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Thanks. I believe it is OEM, so I guess brake light switch would be best. I've read the '86-'88 G-Body light looks pretty much factory on the '67 and can use their switch.

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Decided on the '86ish G-Body 3rd Brake Light, as suggested in one of the other threads, along with this which should isolate the brakes from the turn signals. Thoughts on converting it to LEDs?

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Decided on the '86ish G-Body 3rd Brake Light, as suggested in one of the other threads, along with this which should isolate the brakes from the turn signals. Thoughts on converting it to LEDs?

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I never heard of the turn signal isolator until now. I was about to buy it on ebay but I looked at the reviews on Amazon. Like 90% complaints, it's junk, it fried, it doesn't work...

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Decided on the '86ish G-Body 3rd Brake Light, as suggested in one of the other threads, along with this which should isolate the brakes from the turn signals. Thoughts on converting it to LEDs?

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I would at least upgrade to a Led bulb in that G body housing. I did that on my daughters car and it made quite a difference in brightness and how fast the 3rd brake light goes from zero to full illumination.

You could upgrade to a led strip light, as long as it would fit inside the unit, not sure it would be worth all the trouble?

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I never heard of the turn signal isolator until now. I was about to buy it on ebay but I looked at the reviews on Amazon. Like 90% complaints, it's junk, it fried, it doesn't work...

Did you wire it directly to the brake light switch, then?


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I would at least upgrade to a Led bulb in that G body housing. I did that on my daughters car and it made quite a difference in brightness and how fast the 3rd brake light goes from zero to full illumination.

You could upgrade to a led strip light, as long as it would fit inside the unit, not sure it would be worth all the trouble?

The bulb would be a lot easier and cheaper. Does it take an 1156 version LED bulb?


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Did you wire it directly to the brake light switch, then?





The bulb would be a lot easier and cheaper. Does it take an 1156 version LED bulb?


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Yes it takes an 1156 bulb. Hereís what rockauto showed for Led upgrades:
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