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#1 Fastorq

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 09:31 PM

Used to be de-regueur on a mini in early 70s
Used with a flip switch for reversing or flashing thanks to a pal who had let you in after overtaking.

Presumably it’s not legal if wired up

Edited by Fastorq, 10 January 2019 - 07:00 AM.


#2 nicklouse

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 09:42 PM

depends on the age of the car.



#3 Fastorq

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 07:51 AM

depends on the age of the car.


1996 Monte Carlo.

#4 SolarB

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 08:45 AM

No, 'fraid not for that age of Mini.



#5 whistler

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 09:50 AM

Back then the bulb size could not exceed 21W and the dash switch had to have a warning light attached.

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 05:52 PM

Although we all had 55 watt bulbs in them, certainly on our rally cars which is why they were originally fitted.

My 1964 'S' still has a 55 w bulb, but don't tell anyone!



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Posted 08 January 2019 - 07:25 PM

Stopped once by traffic police (in an unmarked  VW Vento VR6, so it wasn't yesterday!) who took exception to the light being emitted from my Lucas 576 as I reversed out of a parking space and traveled along the main road. "Sorry officer" and on my way with a ticking off  ;D



#8 johnR

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 07:34 PM

Although we all had 55 watt bulbs in them, certainly on our rally cars which is why they were originally fitted.
My 1964 'S' still has a 55 w bulb, but don't tell anyone!

Mine too

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:00 AM

I had one wired in on my 86 city. It didn't have a switch though, just used it as a reverse light.  



#10 GraemeC

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 12:58 PM

Although we all had 55 watt bulbs in them, certainly on our rally cars which is why they were originally fitted.

My 1964 'S' still has a 55 w bulb, but don't tell anyone!

 

Did they do outputs other than 55W in the BPF bulbs?



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 03:42 PM

I believe there was a 21 watt BPF bulb, but it was not considered any good for a rally car reversing light. The other idea was that if you 'went off' the rev light would give better warning to other rally cars coming along behind you.



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 07:33 PM

Although we all had 55 watt bulbs in them, certainly on our rally cars which is why they were originally fitted.
My 1964 'S' still has a 55 w bulb, but don't tell anyone!

I wasn't going to mention about the bulb 'upgrade'.

#13 unburntfuelinthemorning

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 09:48 PM

It may be legal if it was a "work light".  Not to be used for reversing on public roads of course.  Had one on a Land Rover - very handy for reversing up my drive in the dark.






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