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Old 11-28-2021, 05:25 AM   #1
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Default Decided against turn signals.....what about this idea?

There are many model A owners that swear by their add-on turn signals, and I can see where they would be a great addition to a daily driver......but.....I really hate the look of them. I want my model A to have the look of the old days.


Sooooo, what about this idea:

Mini Strobe Beacon Safety Flasher Warning Light / Magnetic Base Mount
https://www.ebay.com/itm/154223944800?var=454334244660

This is a hand-held red strobe light. It would likely be seen and recognized by those who are not used to seeing anyone using hand signals. It blinks, and is red, similar to modern turn signals.

It has a magnetic base that might be handy for keeping it somewhere in the driver's area, when not being used.

Well, yes......you still have to roll down your window!.....but your model A retains the old-timey look that I'm hoping to preserve.

What do you think of this?
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Old 11-28-2021, 06:08 AM   #2
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Default Re: Decided against turn signals.....what about this idea?

Would you stick it out the passenger window for right turns?
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Old 11-28-2021, 06:17 AM   #3
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No.....use like you would normally do for regular hand turn signals.

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Old 11-28-2021, 06:24 AM   #4
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Default Re: Decided against turn signals.....what about this idea?

Not for me…..
Seems like just enhanced arm signals from long ago.
Btw, I’ve not seen an arm signal for turns out a drivers window in 25 years. Now I’ve seen a few “finger signals” fairly often!!
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Old 11-28-2021, 06:28 AM   #5
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Do you have added turn signals on your model A?
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Old 11-28-2021, 06:37 AM   #6
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Well, I've decided to give this strobe light a try......ordered just now!

I could easily install one of the turn signal kits on my model A.....but, like I said, they just look out of place.
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Old 11-28-2021, 06:48 AM   #7
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I bought a pair of old turn signal lights with the arrow shaped lenses I plan to restore and use on front and add original style tail light on right for my AA project.
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Old 11-28-2021, 07:21 AM   #8
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Well, I've decided to give this strobe light a try......ordered just now!

I could easily install one of the turn signal kits on my model A.....but, like I said, they just look out of place.
With all due respect if turn signals look out of place, this will look ridiculous. People will think a kid is playing a game.
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Old 11-28-2021, 07:35 AM   #9
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Beacuse holding a flashing light in your hand then trying to put it somewhere when turning is safe.....


Have a search for mini LED lights, plenty of super small versions available now custom bike builders use.


I have these on one of my HDs, you wouldnt notice them on a Model A until they get turned on.
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Old 11-28-2021, 07:50 AM   #10
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What is not to like about turn signals ? You don't like the switch ?

There is no need to change or add anything to the outside of the vehicle.
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Old 11-28-2021, 07:55 AM   #11
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What is not to like about turn signals ? You don't like the switch ?

There is no need to change or add anything to the outside of the vehicle.
Obviously, You make a very valid point!

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Old 11-28-2021, 08:23 AM   #12
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Default Re: Decided against turn signals.....what about this idea?

I use the tail lights and cowl lights for turn signals, so there is no exterior change in appearance from the original Model "A".
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Old 11-28-2021, 09:21 AM   #13
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Default Re: Decided against turn signals.....what about this idea?

I have added turn signals on my '29 Tudor. Sitting in the driver's seat, you can see the controller on the side of the steering column. There is NOTHING on the outside of the car that isn't on the original, all turn signal lights are part of the stock-looking lights of the car.


Many use the cowl lights. I use the second bulb (double contact) in the headlight can. And, of course, the tail lights in the back. Properly done, there is nothing to "hate the look of them".
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Old 11-28-2021, 09:32 AM   #14
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Old 11-28-2021, 09:37 AM   #15
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“There are many model A owners that swear by their add-on turn signals, and I can see where they would be a great addition to a daily driver......but.....I really hate the look of them. I want my model A to have the look of the old days.”

I understand this sentiment completely, and for years did not add a passenger-side tail/brake light or turn signals and kept my car completely stock to preserve its original look. I also drove the car about 100 miles per year.

However, after starting to drive my Model A in daily traffic several years ago, I quickly realized most drivers today don’t recognize hand signals and aren’t attentive enough to recognize a single tail/brake light.

Sooo….to avoid being rear-ended and be able to drive safely in modern traffic, I did add a passenger-side light and added LogoLites LED turn signals. I also upgraded all lighting except cowl light to LEDs. I’m now much more confident that other drivers will see me and have put about 2000 incident-free miles on the car this past year.

Good luck with whatever decision you make.
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Old 11-28-2021, 09:40 AM   #16
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Well, Old31 that was kinda harsh don't ya think? People come here to get help, and discuss ideas. Just because someone has a different idea, or opinion doesn't make it wrong.
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Old 11-28-2021, 10:00 AM   #17
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A couple of years ago I was driving on a state highway and signaling a left hand turn with my arm. There was on-coming traffic with a car behind gaining fast on me. The fool past me into the coming traffic. After the shock and anger subsided I realized the offending driver had no clue what hand signals are. I ordered and installed signals before taking the car out again.
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Old 11-28-2021, 12:08 PM   #18
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Well, Old31 that was kinda harsh don't ya think? People come here to get help, and discuss ideas. Just because someone has a different idea, or opinion doesn't make it wrong.
Need to be careful before clicking submit. I was chastised for my reply to someone who took issue with one of my posts. I wasn't being disrespectful to the person--just honest. Feel lucky I wasn't banned. Be nice, everyone needs to feel welcome on this blog.
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Old 11-28-2021, 12:12 PM   #19
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EOG,
I can see both sides of this for sure. I sure like the look of a original unmolested car and its spartan features. But:
I will use my truck as an example. I bought this truck and it had been off the road since 1952. (70 years) So the truck was 20 years old (a 32 model) when retired. The original owner had installed aftermarket turn signals on the front fenders, the arrow type, Also headlights had been changed to sealed beam. rear stops lights had been added, with dual bulbs for signals. reflectors had been added to every corner of the dump bed too.
Fast forward 70 years and the roads are not nearly as safe for these older slower vehicles. Hand signals are a thing of the past, other than a central finger showing you that your number "one"!
I chose to add all the signals and lights that I felt were appropriate and safer as I travel the highways today in that ol' truck.
Just my two cents for what its worth. Its your vehicle, do what makes you comfortable on the roads. Have fun getting out and enjoying it too!
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Well, Old31 that was kinda harsh don't ya think? People come here to get help, and discuss ideas. Just because someone has a different idea, or opinion doesn't make it wrong.
I don't get the childish resentment with this idea, either.....

The strobe is on the way.

Looking forward to trying it out!
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