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Posted By 1wonton Sunday, February 03, 2019 5:21 AM
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The "Texas Oilfield" Back bumper and light set up was built by Bub Warren in Amarillo TX

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Pretty clean looking DT. Anything after 1938 could have turn signals as original options but in 1931 nothing existed other than mechanical signals.

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The answer to your question lies in the following question: Are you going to drive it on the road or trailer it to shows?? If you are going to drive it on the road, other than in parades, I would definitely improve all the lighting for the above mentioned safety reasons. Here is the back of my Diamond T:
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Thanks for the input men. I decided to just keep the truck original and no turn signals. It would look better with them but just not right for the period. Never see turn signals on classic cars.

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I agree that in some cases, safety trumps originality. With a little ingenuity one could make plug-in removable turn signals that quickly dismount and fit under the seat when at a show or parade.
Very slow top speeds is what has kept me out of the old tractor restoration hobby. Soccer moms do not understand the concept of slow traffic has rights also!

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They really only need to be noticable when activated
Indicators with amber arrows B hind a smoked lens etc
Trev even fitted west coast type mirrors with wood backing
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I agree completely! Add both frt and rear turn signals, and the vintage "STOP" light that actually spells out "STOP" would be a nice touch. Today's LED lights might be out of character on an antique truck. But if your going to play in todays traffic, try to abide by today's rules.
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Hi 1wonton, Ive been going through the same dilemma with my truck. It only had a single tail light and no signal lights. I really don't see the harm in adding signal lights to an early vehicle as long as you're reasonably crafty about how they look.

Where I live people get really confused/angry when they are even slightly inconvenienced when they are driving, working signal lights are a plus.
I have an old motorcycle with no signals and I have to use hand signals. People always wave back at me when I have my hand up to make a right hand turn:laugh:

It's just a few extra wires that can be removed later if need be. I think it's a safe compromise when driving around soccer moms breathing down your neck in their giant suv's.
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Finishing up my '31 Pierce Arrow truck; Question; Flashing turn signals weren't invented before 1938 ('38 Buick, first car with flashing turn signals) so should I add them to my restoration or not? They would look pretty cool but not original. At 35 mph truck is not a daily driver but wanted some opinions on originality. Thanks.

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