Rear Reflector Removal & Re-imagineering

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Rear Reflector Removal & Re-imagineering

Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Fri May 11, 2018 1:03 pm

We're thinking of going with more of a Euro look on the back and so ditching most of the big center reflector/license plate holder. Current thinking is to chop off both ends of the factory piece and still use the center portion to hold/light the license plate. Then either fill in the holes in the hatch of the newly exposed metal or continue to use them with newly fabricated pieces of sheet metal that mounts up with the same three mounting locations (on each side).

Anyone else done anything in this regard?
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Re: Rear Reflector Removal & Re-imagineering

Post by blugg » Thu May 17, 2018 8:51 am

Carlisle 2006/07 (maybe 2005) find pics of the mono black it was altered to what I believe your discribing
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Re: Rear Reflector Removal & Re-imagineering

Post by brokencase » Thu May 17, 2018 8:44 pm

I am certain that, on more than one occasion, that full rear reflector has saved me from "the texting teen from careening into my machine".

By sheer genius or by mistake the designers correctly anticipated the advent of modern drivers distracted by electronic devices with that rear reflector. I don't know of any other car so equipped.

I'll take any amount of red dazzle I can get into the corner those distracted eyes. In the offhand chance one of those drivers is caught in that situation, and stops in time because of that reflector, AND REALIZES IT. All the better.

I wonder if I can find a real bright LED replacement for the third brake light in that rear spoiler....
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Re: Rear Reflector Removal & Re-imagineering

Post by Ed Lijewski » Thu May 17, 2018 9:21 pm

Mine doesn't "reflect"; neither did the one on my parts car reflect. It just color matches the rear light lenses to provide thematic harmony across the rear. (And maybe to further distinguish it from the Euro Granada.)

I wondered about this long ago. Are any who call it a reflector sure they see it reflect light. I think it absorbs light through the colored acrylic (or whatever). That's the reason I affixed two 3/4" tall 12' long strips of true red reflective safety tape near the bottom bumper edges on each side. I assure you that those strips reflect: the center trunk piece doesn't really.

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Re: Rear Reflector Removal & Re-imagineering

Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Thu May 17, 2018 10:23 pm

How's this?
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Re: Rear Reflector Removal & Re-imagineering

Post by Ed Lijewski » Fri May 18, 2018 9:53 am

Late afternoon under tree shade; lamps, license plate, reflective tape stand out as reflecting canera flash.
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Re: Rear Reflector Removal & Re-imagineering

Post by Ed Lijewski » Fri May 18, 2018 9:57 am

Overhead indoor flourescent lighting:
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Re: Rear Reflector Removal & Re-imagineering

Post by brokencase » Sat May 19, 2018 1:45 pm

Yep I see it Ed, Went out and checked. Always though it was reflective.

But it sure has got me thinking...

I wonder if I could slip some of those "LED's on a strip" underneath the panels and make a 'Mega-Brake Light"
or maybe just some reflective tape behind them?

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Re: Rear Reflector Removal & Re-imagineering

Post by Ed Lijewski » Sat May 19, 2018 2:13 pm

The idea of superdooper reflective tape behind the acrylic (?) is intriguing. That panel should reflect at least somewhat.

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Re: Rear Reflector Removal & Re-imagineering

Post by brokencase » Tue May 22, 2018 7:33 pm

How about something like this? Red electroluminescent.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Electrolumines ... SwXCBaQxI3

Of course it might get expensive to do all the panels...

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Re: Rear Reflector Removal & Re-imagineering

Post by milehighXR » Fri May 25, 2018 8:24 pm

Get the Euro 24v tail panel, if you can find one....
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Re: Rear Reflector Removal & Re-imagineering

Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Fri May 25, 2018 10:29 pm

milehighXR wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 8:24 pm
Get the Euro 24v tail panel, if you can find one....
I assume it's going to be configured for the Euro size plate, no?
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Re: Rear Reflector Removal & Re-imagineering

Post by milehighXR » Sat May 26, 2018 2:32 pm

DPDISXR4Ti wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 10:29 pm
milehighXR wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 8:24 pm
Get the Euro 24v tail panel, if you can find one....
I assume it's going to be configured for the Euro size plate, no?
It is, it looks really slick especially with the 24v taillights. The one I had with our last 89 Scorpio had a US spec plate on it. I can't remember how the PO had put it on, but it didn't look hokey. I'll see if I have pics of that car anymore...
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Re: Rear Reflector Removal & Re-imagineering

Post by Ed Lijewski » Thu May 31, 2018 12:54 pm

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Re: Rear Reflector Removal & Re-imagineering

Post by brokencase » Thu May 31, 2018 8:20 pm

What da heck!

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