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Old 03-01-2014, 07:54 AM
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1955 F250 Backup lights

Hello and has anyone hooked up some backup lights on their truck? I have the original 4 speed syn transmission. Any ideas? Thanks. Chris
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I would hook up a simple circuit with a manual switch.
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I think the top cover / shifter assembly on the transmission will interchange through the 1970s. I think a later truck (1967 and later?) with the T-98 had a back up light switch on the shifter assembly. I don't have parts books that go that late, but maybe Numberdummy or someone can help.
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Backup lamps became standard equipment in 1967. Prior to 1967, no backup lamps were available for any truck.

The backup lenses were integral with the tail lamps. 1967/79 F100/350 Flareside pickups, 1967/79 F100/1100 Cab & Chassis, with factory installed Flat and Stake Beds used the same lamps.*

Other than using these lamps on a 1953/56 pickup in lieu of the original lamps, what other lamps could be used and where could they be mounted on these trucks?

T-98's replaced in 1965 by Warner T-18 & New Process 435 4 speeds with one exception: 1965/66 P Series Parcel Delivery's came with T-98's.

T-98 shift tower different than T-18 (only its mounting gasket is the same) and 1965/66 T-18 shift towers had no provision for the backup lamp switch to thread into.

* Here's a pic of these tail lamps. E100 is an Econoline, 99 is a Styleside pickup.
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There are always taillights like this on sell on ebay:
Grote 9130 Truck Tail Light Steel Bracket | eBay

These are not the same lights as Bill showed above, 1967 to 79, but are a later style tail light, which would serve the purpose.
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Thanks for all the replies. I did purchase rear light "shields" off of ebay that had a backup light small square in it. As far as the backup switch, I think I will use a toggle switch manually. Chris
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On my panels I used an off road light under the truck. As far as a switch you can either fab up a bracket to hold a switch on the trans for the shifter to push or a manual switch.

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