Brake Light Bulb Replacement

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Brake Light Bulb Replacement

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1963 Landau - Both brake been working no problem for about 5 months. Last drove it 2 months ago, but when I started it this morning (tough to get going), the passenger brake light was inop. How do I get to it to check/replace? TIA

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Re: Brake Light Bulb Replacement

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My Tbird is a 1962. To change tail light bulbs, remove taillight red lens for access to the bulb. Your '63 is probably the same? 4 screws in the lens hold it all together. Shown and described in the 62 shop manual, pages 10-4 and 10-5. Also check the Electrical Assembly Manual.
Ken
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Re: Brake Light Bulb Replacement

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Thank you!!

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Re: Brake Light Bulb Replacement

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Is the red or the white LED brighter once installed behind the red lens?

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Re: Brake Light Bulb Replacement

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According to Superbrightleds.com , you should use a red LED behind a red lens for maximum brightness.

Here's a link to that info....
https://www.superbrightleds.com/carbulb ... olorChoice

Good Luck!!
Ken
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Re: Brake Light Bulb Replacement

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That's the info!!! Thanks!!

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Re: Brake Light Bulb Replacement

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WOW!!! Used the 1157R LED bulbs and what a nice difference. I always worry about those folks that "I didn't see any brake lights Officer".

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Re: Brake Light Bulb Replacement

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Great!!! Glad that worked out for you.
Ken
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Re: Brake Light Bulb Replacement

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The red LED is the way to go for your tail lights. I used United Pacific Part #36470 with great results on my '62.
https://upcarparts.com/high-power-1157-led-bulb?222=547
Regards, Old Rusty1
'62 Chestnut Convertible, White Top/Chestnut Interior
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Past T-Birds:
'65HT, '66TL, '63SR, '78DJE

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