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johng

CCCUK Member
Tim, I was in a rush and forgot to take photos, but these are the bits I used.
Bulbs
TABEN Extremely Bright 5730 Chipsets White/Amber Dual Color Switchback 1157 BAY15D 1157A 7528 LED Bulbs with Projector Lens for Car Turn Signal Lights and Daytime Running Lights (Pack of 2): Amazon.co.uk: Car & Motorbike
Resistors
Bulb holders
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Cost about £30 in all. The resistors need to be wired in parallel with the indicator bulbs and mounted on something metal to act as a heat sink. There's a big beam across the back of my 78 so I just pop riveted them to that. You also need to file a little bit out of the lamp housing to make the bulb holders fit, or you could file a small protrusion off of the bulb holder instead.
 

Letank

CCCUK Member
Nice job. Fitting switchback LEDs for reverse and side indicator lights is also on my list of jobs this year. I miss not having reverse lights and this appears to be the best solution to get them whilst keeping the amber indicators and not messing with the the beautiful rear end of a chrome c3. I believe you can also change the flasher relay under the dash if you don’t want to put resistors across each light. Not sure which route I will take yet, but I am also considering doing the LED halo modification at the same time.
 

kentvette

CCCUK Member
Tim, I was in a rush and forgot to take photos, but these are the bits I used.
Bulbs
TABEN Extremely Bright 5730 Chipsets White/Amber Dual Color Switchback 1157 BAY15D 1157A 7528 LED Bulbs with Projector Lens for Car Turn Signal Lights and Daytime Running Lights (Pack of 2): Amazon.co.uk: Car & Motorbike
Resistors
Bulb holders
More Information for STANDARD MOTOR PRODUCTS S55

Cost about £30 in all. The resistors need to be wired in parallel with the indicator bulbs and mounted on something metal to act as a heat sink. There's a big beam across the back of my 78 so I just pop riveted them to that. You also need to file a little bit out of the lamp housing to make the bulb holders fit, or you could file a small protrusion off of the bulb holder instead.
Being a "bear of little brain" when it comes to electrics (yes, I did put together the conversion guide that's on this site!), that's the first time I've seen an "easy to understand" set up with LED rear lights!

Am I right in assuming that the same set up could be used for the front side/indicator lamps?
 

johng

CCCUK Member
Yes, if I hadn't already ready rewired my fronts to use the side light in the dip beam, then I would have used LEDs there as well.
 

johng

CCCUK Member
Haven't been doing much to the car for the past couple of weeks, as I promised my wife I'd strip out the bathroom and replace it once Christmas had gone. However, I did find time to fit one of the door cards that I recovered, I'm pretty pleased with the look. Also, I've finished all the weatherstrips (and can now actually shut the doors!) and got all the front lights back in place. I've replaced the main beam units with H1 halogens, I've ended up with loads of spare electrical connectors for these, so if anyone needs some let me know. Finally whilst I had the car out of the garage to give it a wash I tried out the parking sensors I fitted a while ago. They are in the small black strip below the number plate in this photo. Unfortunately they are either picking up the bumperettes next to them or the ground in front of them, as they go off permanently. Looks like I need to reposition them somehow.

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Nick B

CCCUK Member
Haven't been doing much to the car for the past couple of weeks, as I promised my wife I'd strip out the bathroom and replace it once Christmas had gone. However, I did find time to fit one of the door cards that I recovered, I'm pretty pleased with the look. Also, I've finished all the weatherstrips (and can now actually shut the doors!) and got all the front lights back in place. I've replaced the main beam units with H1 halogens, I've ended up with loads of spare electrical connectors for these, so if anyone needs some let me know. Finally whilst I had the car out of the garage to give it a wash I tried out the parking sensors I fitted a while ago. They are in the small black strip below the number plate in this photo. Unfortunately they are either picking up the bumperettes next to them or the ground in front of them, as they go off permanently. Looks like I need to reposition them somehow.

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Looking great!
 

kentvette

CCCUK Member
Looking fabulous! When you say that you recovered the door liners, did you make the new covers, or fit some you'd bought. Seriously impressive if you made them!
 
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