Back in the '60s when our classic rides were originally assembled, the technologies of the day were considered state-of-the-art. Unfortunately, what was the latest and greatest back then is nearly archaic by today's standards. One such example is the brake light system. Today's cars are moving away from incandescent bulbs and toward superior LED lighting systems.
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are found in everything from watches to computers. Recently, they've also started replacing traditional bulbs in newer vehicles. Why? They're brighter, draw less current, and light up faster than incandescent bulbs. Best of all, since they don't have a filament to burn out, they also last a lot longer and don't get especially hot. With people driving faster and chatting on their cell phones, you want to make sure they notice when you hit the brakes. Upgrading your taillights to a brighter LED system is one way to snap a lazy driver out of his stupor and grab his attention.
We thought we'd try American Autowire's (AAW) new system on our '68 Camaro project car (Bad Penny), and compare it to the stock stuff. Hey, if it keeps some yahoo from slamming into the back of your ride, it's worth checking into.
Stuff You'll Need: * Ratchet and standard sockets * Screwdriver set * Wire crimping tool * Wire cutters * Razor blade * Drill * 7/32-inch drill bit