So, I’m new to the forum and would like some opinions. I’m zeroing in on acquiring either a 67 or 68 very soon. Now I had a 67 many moons ago, but I will take what I can get for a new project car. The only thing wrong with a 68 are those gubmint mandated side marker lights.
So, my first instincts lean towards hotrodding and mild rest-mods. My general attitude is, “it’s my car and I’ll do what I want with it…” However, these cars are uncommon enough that I don’t think it would be right to get too carried away.
So let’s say I pick up a 68 and start to go to work on it. Let’s say it’s not a particularly rare model maybe just a XR-7 w/4 speed 302. I have two questions.
What is the general consensus about deleting the marker lights?
What are thoughts on, replacing the marker lights with something smaller and custom? I don’t wan’t to have to argue with strangers about what year my car is.
I kinda regret not deleting all the badging, front and rear markers during body work. However not planning any other bigger custom body work stuff I thought it may look out of place in the end. I’m glad I left them but I do wonder what it would have been like otherwise.
You may want to check with your states inspection laws 1st. If mandated, a NH inspection would technically require the equipment be present and may present a problem (I could not inspect my 70 Cougar until I reattached seat belts that were missing). Some places may not even know they should present or check when you get inspected, but…
Ever consider adding the 69 or 70 lights? Much smaller, but likely would require more modification…
The original owner of my GT-E saw the new '69 Cougar had both front and rear side marker lights. He liked it, and wanted to update the '68 GT-E from rear reflectors to lighted markers. Since the shape of the rear reflector and the front marker are the same he thought that they would just put the red lenses in a set of front marker light housings. It seemed obvious. So he went to the dealer and asked if they could add lighted side markers like the '69 Cougar to his GT-E. They told him it would be easy. When he came back to get it they had installed a set of '69 side marker lights right under the original reflectors. It was too late to do anything but walk away.
Yup, same thing on my first car (also a 70 XR7) - parking lights and fog lights at dusk. Thought it was cool how the front side markers flashed out of sequence with the front turn signals. So are the side markers on the 68 unlighted reflectors?