Repair and improve your Lucas rear lights

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Repair and improve your Lucas rear lights

Post by 747PETE » Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:35 pm

Happy Christmas! what am I doing on here on Christmas morning! Ref your lights, grip the rusted knurled nuts with Mole grips,gently twist until broken off.The light units will come out,remove the sheared studs with heat (I heated a pair of plier jaws on a gas hob then gripped the stud,it comes out easily.Make new studs from short bolts,glue in with epoxy.After a good wash and polish and neoprene gaskets you still have your original set oflights that fit properly and are easy to remove in future.Far superior to Uncle Bulgarian lights! This is for an SE5a but the fix is the same.
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The reflectors are cleaned up and stick onaluminium tapeapplied,housings sprayed witha can,they look really good,fit properly and were cheap as chips to do!! Happy Days!!
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Re: Check your replacement rear lights

Post by AJL Electronics » Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:47 pm

Just the dodgy earths situation to sort now then. ;-)


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Re: Check your replacement rear lights

Post by 747PETE » Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:58 pm

Ha!! all new tags soldered to the old housings then grouped together onto one main earthlead...should have mentioned that! Happy Christmas...now,where is that Turkey!!!



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Re: Check your replacement rear lights

Post by manny » Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:43 pm

good day,

can I add ...it may help further to paint the 'reflectors' the same colour as the intended output - ie red for brakes, orange for indicators...may look weird!

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Re: Check your replacement rear lights

Post by toomanysabres » Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:29 am

.........and/or use coloured bulbs as well. You can get silver looking indicator bulbs that light up orange. :wink:


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Re: Check your replacement rear lights

Post by efi_sprintgte » Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:29 pm

The pins on coloured bulbs often differ.. A 382 single filament clear bulb has different pin positions to the single filament orange 581 or 581S(silver bulb) and likewise has different pin positions to the red 782 bulb.

I say pin to mean the lugs for the bayonet.



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Post by ronnie » Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:54 pm

Superb post from 747PETE
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Post by 747PETE » Mon Dec 26, 2016 4:52 pm

Glad to be of help, might see if I have enough snaps to do one of my alyminium or is that aluminum :-) dashboard.



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Re: Check your replacement rear lights

Post by ScimmyMike » Mon Dec 26, 2016 6:30 pm

Best colour for reflectors is actually white I seemed to racall reading somewhere, probably matt finish I'd bet, sprayed my originals silver, made c*ck all difference to when they are the grey finish to be honest


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Re: Check your replacement rear lights

Post by ALSE6 » Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:54 am

Thank you 747PETE for the pictures etc. Will make a start today on removing the rear lights. FYI, "aluminum" = too many trips to the USA! (yep, been in aviation all my working life and still some now).


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Re: Check your replacement rear lights

Post by MikeT » Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:02 pm

ScimmyMike wrote:Best colour for reflectors is actually white I seemed to racall reading somewhere, probably matt finish I'd bet, sprayed my originals silver, made c*ck all difference to when they are the grey finish to be honest
Yes - I was about to say the same - painted mine silver too, but since read that white gives a better result.

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Re: Check your replacement rear lights

Post by manny » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:26 pm

White reflectors will reflect all colours of the visible spectrum ( i too have painted mine white - as it was at hand) - but a red reflector will only reflect the red wavelengths and absorb the rest- so i would assume it would appear more intense to the eye?

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Post by 747PETE » Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:00 pm

ALSE6 wrote:Thank you 747PETE for the pictures etc. Will make a start today on removing the rear lights. FYI, "aluminum" = too many trips to the USA! (yep, been in aviation all my working life and still some now).
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Re: Repair and improve your Lucas rear lights

Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Dec 29, 2016 1:46 am

Season's Greetings, Pete. :) I've split these posts from the original thread about the replacement lights, and moved it to the "How to guides" section. Hope that's ok :)


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