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LED lighting for 1965 Rivieras and later

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The guy doing the video shows a '65 Riviera that they've equipped with LED lighting and says that they have kits for later models as well.  I would imagine that everything except the tail lights would work on a 63 / 64

 

 

 

  

 

In Jan's thread about turn signals, I've posted a video, by the same folks, on how to repair and restore classic car turn signal sockets and wiring

 

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             Very cool......Ed I wonder will the dash light dimmer work with these bulbs? In the video they looked

a little too bright.

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Here's another one that shows how to install the sequential tail lights in a '65 Riviera by doing nothing more than replacing the flasher relay and the rear bulbs.

 

 

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Here's something from a different company for the 63/64 guys.  It's a replacement board with LED's in it.  

 

http://www.easyperformance.com/products/product-detail/id/EPF-CST10-RIV63/name/1963-riviera-sequential-tail-lights

 

Here's a YouTube video showing the different effects that are possible.  The title of the video says "1963" but we all know that this is a 64 tail light.

 

 

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I've got some aftermarket LED taillights on my 63.  Might try and see if I can do the sequential mod to them.  Very cool!

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3 hours ago, RivNut said:

The guy doing the video shows a '65 Riviera that they've equipped with LED lighting and says that they have kits for later models as well.  I would imagine that everything except the tail lights would work on a 63 / 64

 

 

 

  

 

In Jan's thread about turn signals, I've posted a video, by the same folks, on how to repair and restore classic car turn signal sockets and wiring

 

Aviailable in GREEN, RED, WHITE, and BLUE colors. Colors other than BLUE require removal of gauge lenses inside of gauge housing. This is from the mustang project website. Why would the blue be different? I have a blue car, but not sure I want blue gauges.

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53 minutes ago, steelman said:

Aviailable in GREEN, RED, WHITE, and BLUE colors. Colors other than BLUE require removal of gauge lenses inside of gauge housing. This is from the mustang project website. Why would the blue be different? I have a blue car, but not sure I want blue gauges.

 

I've got a blue interior as well.  I tried blue lights once.  I don't have them any more. ;)

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I'm going to go LED on my Riv. I added sequential turn signal tail lights on my mustang, and I love them. Being behind old cars in traffic, the tail lights are far too dim. I got worried about being rear-ended.

 

I really like the sequential lights for the Riv, other than the red dots driving lights.

 

Here's a site that tells you what led bulbs replace your old ones: https://www.superbrightleds.com/vehicle/1964-buick-riviera?make=14&model=1380&year=1964

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I'd like to try to make "infinity mirror" tail lights for the Riv. Not sure how legal they'd be

 

 

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26 minutes ago, jsgun said:

I'm going to go LED on my Riv. I added sequential turn signal tail lights on my mustang, and I love them. Being behind old cars in traffic, the tail lights are far too dim. I got worried about being rear-ended.

 

I really like the sequential lights for the Riv, other than the red dots driving lights.

 

Here's a site that tells you what led bulbs replace your old ones: https://www.superbrightleds.com/vehicle/1964-buick-riviera?make=14&model=1380&year=1964

I did the same on my Mach 1.  I like the sequential effect and the brake lights are super bright (the same reasons as you for getting them), but I do wish that the driving lights weren't so "digital" looking.  But, it's worth the trade off.

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11 minutes ago, Black River said:

I did the same on my Mach 1.  I like the sequential effect and the brake lights are super bright (the same reasons as you for getting them), but I do wish that the driving lights weren't so "digital" looking.  But, it's worth the trade off.

I've been looking at diffusion panels, used for indoor lighting. Some modern cars are using them too. It scatters and re-patterns the light, so you don't just see those little red dots. There's also OLED strips and panels, that are basically a solid bar of light. Really dramatic.

 

I saw what I think was a new Jag with some really nice patterns on the tail lights. I really like the "hollow" style that's popular now, where it's just a ring of light around the edge of the lens. Looks really good! I think it's totally doable on a Riv, by running a strip around the edge. One thought was using one of those, inside an infinity mirror light.

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Here's a interesting video of the future:

 

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11 hours ago, jsgun said:

Here's a interesting video of the future:

 

 

Now that is very interesting and spectacular! I like it (but will never mount something like that on my beloved 65! 

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17 hours ago, RivNut said:

The guy doing the video shows a '65 Riviera that they've equipped with LED lighting and says that they have kits for later models as well.  I would imagine that everything except the tail lights would work on a 63 / 64

 

 

 

  

 

In Jan's thread about turn signals, I've posted a video, by the same folks, on how to repair and restore classic car turn signal sockets and wiring

 

Thank you Ed, this is a very interesting contribution...
I converted all the lights of my 65 to LEDs few month ago (looks great besides...). But it wasn't easy to get all these bulb together and I wish, I had seen this vid and products as kits from Mustang Project a bit earlier! :blink:
Cool stuff in deed! :lol:   

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I kinda dig this for a restomod style car.  Not sure I would on a 63-64 though, but I would love to see how they look.

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I posted about my installation of Mustang Project LED programmed tail light bulbs and their flasher unit in my 1968 Riviera. I converted my two flashing tail lights on each side to three on each side with the addition of a two wire light socket in the center light position of my tail lights.

See post below:

 

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Posted (edited)

Gents, I put LED’s in 63 Riviera tail lights in hopes people behind could see me better. The LED’s in my tail lights stopped working. I spent to much time checking the lights out with no satisfaction.

A fellow on YouTube showed why the LED’s in vintage cars tail lights short themselves out.

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31 minutes ago, Turbinator said:

Gents, I put LED’s in 63 Riviera tail lights in hopes people behind could see me better. The LED’s in my tail lights stopped working. I spent to much time checking the lights out with no satisfaction.

A fellow on YouTube showed why the LED’s in vintage cars tail lights short themselves out.

Interesting. I installed LEDs from superbrightleds 2 years ago and I do drive a lot. So far so god. Could you post a link to the YouTube info?

BTW I also bought a flasher for LED. Search for 372451495059 on EBay.

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Swede, I tried to post ( transfer) the YouTube Video regarding said subject; however, I’m not successful in doing so. I’ve put in a question of “ how to” to the forum.

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On 10/5/2019 at 11:07 PM, Turbinator said:

A fellow on YouTube showed why the LED’s in vintage cars tail lights short themselves out.


can u please share the YouTube link or at least tell us what the fellow “showed” u?

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7 hours ago, RockinRiviDad said:


can u please share the YouTube link or at least tell us what the fellow “showed” u?

Rockin’ Daddy, Since I cant figure out how to get the YouTube copied and pasted to this site I can look up the title of the YouTube and send that back. Let me get it.

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Gents, sorry for the jumble in messaging.

turbinator

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Posted (edited)

Seems that his title is misleading.  It is not that an 1157 LED won't work; it is that this specific LED won't work due to its internal circuity.  It seems similar to an issue which was discussed earlier re LED turn signals on a pre-war Buick.  The solution is simple: buy better LEDs.

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How do you determine better LEDs?

Price of the LED alone would not be the complete determining factor for me. Can anyone suggest the MOST meaningful specification that would point toward LED reliability?

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