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Joined: Oct 2016
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I’d like to put in a backup light on my truck, as it has a T5 transmission with the switch on it. I’ve looked at chrome fog lights and even cheap custom motorcycle headlamp assemblies and farm tractor lights, but can’t find anything that will be dim enough so that it won’t blind people behind me….what are you using for a backup light (if you have one)?

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1950 Chevy 3600 (resto-something) - the work resumes...

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I have a guide B-3 back up light on my suburban and I love it. Period correct and works great.

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Guide B-31 is popular and expensive. It would have been Chevy dealer available for cars and truck.
For trucks one would install a back-up switch underneath the dash.
Since the T5 is not an original transmission you could change out your tail light(s) with modern ones that include the white backup lens.

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I have one similar to this that I have but have not put on yet

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kevinski 1954 GMC 9300 Welcome to the virtual Garage []
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Bouymqker, that is a really nice light, but probably well outside my budget! Kevinski, that is exactly what I was looking for. Must be for a really old MG…a TD?


1950 Chevy 3600 (resto-something) - the work resumes...

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I bought a 6 volt one. (My truck still 6 volt)
And it is hooked up to a lighted switch (like the original heater switch)
Under the dash below the headlight switch. It's not too bright but works great.
I was told it was an old Tractor rear light.

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A couple of years ago I saw a fellow who had put 2 circular LED lights in the bed roll holes and run the connecting wires through the tubes and back out of sight. I thought it was pretty slick. At eye level for cars and pedestrians can see it easier than some of the ones I've seen people mount on or under the bumper and it doesn't look weird or get in the way of the tailgate. I even considered making these for the AD trucks.


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You don't say what truck. If you have the rectangular lights you can use the 37-38 backup light that's made for that shape housing. It can mount above or below the housing.;search=backup+light&searchtype=FT

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Tiny, Mine is a ‘50 3600…. So no rectangular lights for me!

I purchased the one that Kevinski posted a picture of- I’ll post a review here after the bed is on and it’s installed.


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Here's my backup lights. Have no idea where I got them from. Too many years ago ohwell

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