Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
April 20, 2012

While we often gravitate toward the tried and true modifications that put a big smile on our faces every time we step on the throttle, vintage Mustangs will always benefit from the technological advances that the auto industry has made since they first rolled off the assembly line some 40-plus years ago. While we have plans to upgrade the handling, braking, and engine performance of our '66 fastback, we've also recently made some safety upgrades in the form of a rollbar, safety harnesses, and modern locking seats with increased lateral grip. One area where any vintage car can benefit regardless of intended use is lighting.

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In 1986, all automobiles were equipped with a government-mandated third brake light affixed to a high position on the vehicle. This worked to some extent, but as the years have passed and with the third light becoming the standard, the effects have arguably waned. However, automakers have sought to increase driver awareness with the design, location, and type of lightning. While halogen lightning made its way into the automotive landscape many years ago and improved lighting as we knew it, LED (light-emitting diode) lightning is now becoming more prevalent. Thanks to our wonderful aftermarket support, classic Mustang owners can upgrade their Mustang with more current lighting options, which is safer for everyone on the road.

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We went to Mustangs Unlimited for our lighting needs, as the company offers pretty much everything from stock to aftermarket for all Mustangs. While we'd be swapping out most of the factory equipment for new pieces, we had nothing when it came to the taillights, and needed everything—screws, gaskets, housings, lenses, bezels, wiring pigtails, and all. Check out the captions to see how easy it is to upgrade your Mustang's lighting equipment.

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