Trying to finish Carrera coupe 58367 before I die!

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Re: Trying to finish Carrera coupe 58367 before I die!

#841 Post by Justin Rio » Sat May 14, 2022 4:03 pm

Thanks Martin, I get plenty of sleep as this work is several months old.
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The cover is not necessarily a carrera thing but any car fitting with the big tank. That small service window allows some limited access to the steering box without disturbing the tank.
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The main access cover is an original GT tank version; my contraption just provides a perch for the reservoir and the same limited access to the top of the steering box without modification to this original panel or the car.
Thanks again.

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Re: Trying to finish Carrera coupe 58367 before I die!

#842 Post by Justin Rio » Thu Aug 04, 2022 4:15 pm

New LED Light kit from Vintage Trader.

I'd always planned on running at least a partial LED system to preserve more amps for the eventual EFI and electronic ignition going on the motor. I contacted Jules Dielen about his 356 LED light package.
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I went ahead and took delivery of the entire LED kit that he offers for 356. All in 12volt of course.
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All marker and dash related lights including an electronic flasher unit.
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Headlamp units are new Hella H4 housings with their LED light units.
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Really impressed with the quality. All metal jacket housings with a high quality quick disconnect lead and plug. Note the impeller fan at the top, really cool.
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As advertised, the light units plugged directly into my original shine down light base.
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White LED reverse light unit
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The tall beehive lenses look terrible (IMHO) so one of my main concerns before buying the entire kit was that the marker light unit's ability to fit under the short version lenses.
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Jules said they would and they do. The plan was to always go to a 12V system and I remember the danger for the guys back in the day of melting their OG lenses with the heat of an incandescent 12bulb. Have it all covered here; more brightness without the amperage draw and the heat that goes with it. Definitely the way to go.
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Same "bean" shaped unit that powers the license lights also goes into the courtesy light.
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Switching out the gauge lights was of course just as straight forward.

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Re: Trying to finish Carrera coupe 58367 before I die!

#843 Post by Justin Rio » Thu Aug 04, 2022 4:16 pm

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As advised in the directions the new bulbs were only inserted half way for the combination gauge. This gauge's housing isn't as thick or deep as the other two so inserting them only partially here is supposed to help with illumination dispersion. We'll see how that looks when I finally get a battery in this car.
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The colored LED's will be another plus for my purposes in that my gauges won't be restored and the half-century plus of UV light has faded the dye in these old lenses terribly. So they should be looking pretty nice at night once again when backlit with new bulbs.
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Head light switching was of course just as easy. Switching out my vintage H4's from the 80's.
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Same exact Hella housing though the logos and inscriptions are a little different being 40 years or so apart.
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It will be a very compact fit inside the bucket but an initial mock-up proved that it will all fit in there. I'll have to wrap and isolate that small metal box so it doesn't chafe of bounce around in here. More on that later.
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New LED's installed up here with no issues , again even with my short front turn signal lenses. Very nice products and I'm now all set as far a lighting goes.

Thanks for stopping by.
Justin

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Re: Trying to finish Carrera coupe 58367 before I die!

#844 Post by Puygranier Antoine » Thu Aug 11, 2022 2:54 am

Looks like a quality kit, well done !

Antoine

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