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#1 jacky4566

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 08:48 PM

Looking to get some feedback on this concept. Was just tinkering with tail light ideas trying to create something unique and mean looking.

 

Certainly not DOT approved but you can get away with murder where I am. 

 

In the day I would be black mesh and lit up from behind at night. Idea kinda comes from the Challenger tail.

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#2 texis30O

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 05:50 AM

the rear tail lights of a 240z are timeless.  A very identifiable part of the design of the car.  Why would you want to change that?  Now I get updating the lighting systems as I have done that but not change the whole rear panel of the car.  It is just not my thing. So no I can't give you any positive feedback.


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Posted 14 January 2016 - 08:21 AM

I agree with texis300. The lights on the rear of the Z are great. And if I'm honest, even if the lights on the back of the Z did need work, that is a bad attempt and is pretty ugly.  Your car obviously but it looks like a huge grill on the front of a car and doesnt work well in the rear. 


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Posted 14 January 2016 - 09:04 AM

What if you did the mesh but was semi-transparent, so you could see the tail lights behind the screen but they'd be a bit more hidden.

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 09:10 AM

Think testarossa

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1982 280zx -- 355/t56/3.9 R200 *Garage Queen* .............................................1972 240zt - T4, TEC II, 20psi *Garage Queen*

1975 280z - F1x LQ4 370ci/t56/R230/widebody project *In Progress*.........1983 280zx - L28et/T5 installed, 2jz *Pending*

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#6 jacky4566

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 02:27 PM

 I have gotten tons of feedback from the Datsun Facebook parts group. Just looking to be a little unique with my car. I keep hearing "Stock" and "Dont touch perfection" but that's really boring. You go to any car show and its the unique cars or the 200K+ perfect restorations that get the attention.

 

Eh. Its just a random beer thought I would share with the community. Probably wont act on it but If anything I would make these lights removable so as not to wreck the stockers. No need to ruin those for this idea. Its only money in the end.



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Posted 14 January 2016 - 07:04 PM

yikes. Not going to lie but that concept looks horrible. I know its just an idea but it seems a bit tacky. Please don't take it offensivley.


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Posted 16 January 2016 - 09:49 AM

the rear tail lights of a 240z are timeless.  A very identifiable part of the design of the car.  Why would you want to change that?  Now I get updating the lighting systems as I have done that but not change the whole rear panel of the car.  It is just not my thing. So no I can't give you any positive feedback.

 

I'm not saying that I like the design, but this IS hybridz, so that's probably why he would want to mess with the tail lights.

 

As for my opinion, it's an interesting idea, but would probably look better on a heavily modified car, though the bottom left looks like a buick or a grandma monte carlo



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Posted 17 January 2016 - 09:27 AM

There have been a few led setups made, I think they'd look good if they were diffused like some of the new oem crap. Original shape, maybe diffused led lighting around the perimeter of the brake lights and light up the whole thing when pressed?

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 01:14 PM

Like this?  Just finished fabricating these for my '71.  Diffused light bar using LED strips attached to cut and heat molded pieces of poly cutting board (from Walmart - based on my investigation it looked like the surface texture would diffuse light licely).  About three weeks worth of design, trial and error here.

 

 

 

 

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#11 1969honda

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 04:27 PM

Those look awesome Litman! Topnotch look

#12 Wizzurp

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Posted 16 February 2016 - 11:48 AM

Litman, yes basically that, I've got a 280, I think it would be cool looking to do each of the four lights with a complete ring around them. Those look sweet though, nice work



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Posted 29 February 2016 - 07:26 AM

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I have seen older corvette and new mustang tail lights work well with s30s, I see no reason why you wouldn't be able to come up with something amazing. Of the ones you posted, I like the bottom left the best.

Helghast is right. I jumped from my old Golf to an s130 more than a decade ago, and the difference in the communities is very strange. The younger generation of people interested in Datsuns seem to be of a higher caliber mod/knowledge-wise than the VW community, but the older generation of folks interested in Datsuns seem to poop on anything that isn't rebuilding the s30 to its glory days.

Do your thing, man. Don't be discouraged. HBZ is different. If you want overjudgemental posts, look for that ish in that other forum so many of us migrated from.

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Posted 29 February 2016 - 01:13 PM

the rear tail lights of a 240z are timeless.  A very identifiable part of the design of the car.  Why would you want to change that?  Now I get updating the lighting systems as I have done that but not change the whole rear panel of the car.  It is just not my thing. So no I can't give you any positive feedback.

 

I agree with texis300. The lights on the rear of the Z are great. And if I'm honest, even if the lights on the back of the Z did need work, that is a bad attempt and is pretty ugly.  Your car obviously but it looks like a huge grill on the front of a car and doesnt work well in the rear. 

 

I really couldn't agree more with these two. I don't know if I've ever seen a tail light swap that actually looks good.

 

 

You go to any car show and its the unique cars or the 200K+ perfect restorations that get the attention.

 

Not just unique, but well executed. There's plenty of "unique" cars out there that would be better off scrapped. Execution is paramount, and your idea just doesn't fit in with the design of the S30 at all. Sorry.

 

Litman's taillights are well executed. If you want to do something different with your tail lights, I would suggest taking the basic design elements of the original tail lights and modernizing them.


Edited by rturbo 930, 29 February 2016 - 01:14 PM.

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 08:22 AM

Nice work Litman,

I would be curious to see your parts list to get this done.



#16 LanceVance

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 08:54 AM

Nice work Litman,
I would be curious to see your parts list to get this done.


+1, any shots of the cutting board material after modification?
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#17 Litman

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 04:12 PM

BOM was rather simple: cutting board, LED strips from SuperBriteLEDs, disassembled tail and front lights, soldering equipment, heat gun, adhesives plus some other secret ingredients covered under my filing.  Just kidding.  No IP filed, yet.

 

 

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Posted 03 August 2016 - 11:22 AM

updates?



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Posted 19 October 2016 - 01:27 PM

Holy crap Litman those look awesome! 


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Posted 20 October 2016 - 02:57 PM

Many thanks






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