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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:16 pm    Post subject: Tail light question Reply with quote

We're restoring a friends '71 bus. THe PO had hacked in a later tail light in. We've cut that out, took a pattern from another 71 and put in the correct pattern which seems to be for an oval tail light with an opening on top for what we assumed was a reverse light.

However, the tail lamp he got from Jbugs has only one bulb (brake/parking). Where does the turn signal go? Are the lamps above the oval tails the turn signals and not reverse lights?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Tail light question Reply with quote

You have to watch this as the part houses like to sell and ship us items that are not always correct for US spec buses. I had purchased a set of late bay front turn signal housings and paid more, as the price between Euro and US was different, that too, being because US spec lights had two hots (one for running and the other for turn). What I received was the cheaper, Euro Turn Signal Housings.

Top light above tail light is indeed, your back up lights. Somethings a miss, thats the wrong housing you’ve received from my understanding, and similar experience.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Tail light question Reply with quote

North American buses used a combination turn signal/brake light, all done with one bulb via a special signal switch. European (and most of the world) used a two bulb separate signal in one light fixture.
You'll either need two bulb fixtures, a US style signal switch or a trailer light converter to adapt what you have.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:59 am    Post subject: Re: Tail light question Reply with quote

There are 3 lights needed for the rear
1- tail lights - on when headlights are on
2 - brake lights
3 turn lights

Did US tail lamps combine all 3 functions into 1 bulb?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:33 am    Post subject: Re: Tail light question Reply with quote

bnam wrote:
Did US tail lamps combine all 3 functions into 1 bulb?

Yes, the bulb has dual filaments (just like the brake/tail in the Euro fixture) but the brighter one is also used as a signal.
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