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Clamshell reflector #1284936
Fri Oct 26 2018 02:10 PM
Fri Oct 26 2018 02:10 PM
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windyville1  Offline OP
Shop Shark
Joined: Oct 2016
Posts: 454
Central Missouri
I am trying to back up a faint memory of a GM accessory that was produced to address the safety concern of a single tail light on the clamshell suburbans. It was a large glass reflector that was the size of the tail light and was mounted on the license plate.

Am I remembering this correctly or am I just suffering from an overactive imagination?


1950 SUBURBAN / SCHOOL BUS A.K.A "THE SCHOOL RUST"
Re: Clamshell reflector [Re: windyville1] #1284940
Fri Oct 26 2018 02:55 PM
Fri Oct 26 2018 02:55 PM
tclederman  Offline

Boltergeist
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 27,789
Jarvisburg, NC
Did it work on all trucks?
They all had a standard single tail light/lamp.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Clamshell reflector [Re: windyville1] #1284942
Fri Oct 26 2018 03:01 PM
Fri Oct 26 2018 03:01 PM
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windyville1  Offline OP
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Posts: 454
Central Missouri
Hmmmmmmm.......maybe? I only have experience with the suburbans. Maybe this should me moved to general truck talk?


1950 SUBURBAN / SCHOOL BUS A.K.A "THE SCHOOL RUST"
Re: Clamshell reflector [Re: windyville1] #1284943
Fri Oct 26 2018 03:06 PM
Fri Oct 26 2018 03:06 PM
tclederman  Offline

Boltergeist
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 27,789
Jarvisburg, NC
The Panel and Suburban with panel door had one style rear lamp.
The Suburban with Clam-Shell /End-Gate had a different (second) style rear lamp.
The Pickup had a different (third) style rear lamp.

1947-53 Pickup-style rear lamp is different from the 1954/55st lamp.

Can you find a photo/illustration of what you are looking for?


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Clamshell reflector [Re: windyville1] #1284947
Fri Oct 26 2018 03:40 PM
Fri Oct 26 2018 03:40 PM
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windyville1  Offline OP
Shop Shark
Joined: Oct 2016
Posts: 454
Central Missouri


1950 SUBURBAN / SCHOOL BUS A.K.A "THE SCHOOL RUST"
Re: Clamshell reflector [Re: windyville1] #1284952
Fri Oct 26 2018 04:18 PM
Fri Oct 26 2018 04:18 PM
tclederman  Offline

Boltergeist
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 27,789
Jarvisburg, NC
Nice - thanks for the link.
Only $1.25 plus tax/shipping?

Place a Part Wanted Ad here in the Swap Meet.

Let us know if you find one.

Maybe someone has done something similar.

There was also a accessory/option dual panel-body side set of rear-body side "bullet shaped" dual-filament lamps.
These are sold as reproductions.
They are much smaller in diameter compared to the reflector-lamp you are looking for.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Clamshell reflector [Re: windyville1] #1284955
Fri Oct 26 2018 04:25 PM
Fri Oct 26 2018 04:25 PM
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windyville1  Offline OP
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Posts: 454
Central Missouri
Found it! Guy had two. Amber and red. I bought the amber.....red still available

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F352495158403


1950 SUBURBAN / SCHOOL BUS A.K.A "THE SCHOOL RUST"
Re: Clamshell reflector [Re: windyville1] #1285168
Sun Oct 28 2018 04:33 AM
Sun Oct 28 2018 04:33 AM
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delux54panel  Offline
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Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 1,641
VACAVILLE, CA.
I have a "Persons" reflector on mine. Its about 3 1/2" round with a bunch of 1/4"red glass "marbles" spaced around it.
Also have seen some "King Bee" reflectors for the same application.

Re: Clamshell reflector [Re: windyville1] #1285235
Sun Oct 28 2018 08:11 PM
Sun Oct 28 2018 08:11 PM
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klhansen  Offline
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Joined: May 2015
Posts: 1,151
Eagle River, Alaska
My pickup had those reflectors bolted to each of the rear stake pockets. I think I tossed them as they were pretty rusted out, but they may be hanging around in one of my boxes of stuff. It also had two taillights, that were definitely not original. Those are going to be replaced as well.


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck.
Re: Clamshell reflector [Re: klhansen] #1285290
Mon Oct 29 2018 10:10 AM
Mon Oct 29 2018 10:10 AM
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RoseB  Offline
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 30
Michigan
is the correct GM part no 985223
thanks
Bob B

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