According to our "little pages" personal libraries, back in the days of the earlier customs, when top chopping and grille swapping hadn't all been done before, it was generally the newer Fords' parts that found their way to the older Fords. If we go back a little further, say any time after 1938, Ford's new "teardrop" taillamps exemplify that statement, as there isn't any way to downplay the teardrops' instant popularity. From the time when they were new, teardrops were liberated from wrecks in junkyards (and sometimes directly from parked 1938 and 1939 Fords) and took their places on the rear body panels of older Fords. But of course, that was only the beginning.

Although as we've said, it was generally the newer Fords' parts that found their way onto the older Fords, the teardrop taillamp could be considered an early exception to the rule—because let's face it, it's one of the best looking, most versatile taillamp assemblies ever made. Perhaps for that reason alone, the older teardrop can cross over into later-model bulbous bodies without ridicule—as long as the work adds up to be an aesthetic improvement, that is.

When Bob Slaughter of Valley Center, California, located and purchased this 1946 Ford Super DeLuxe coupe, it looked more like a 1947, due to prior deletion of its front park lamps. The original 1946 taillamps were retained, but they'd been lowered and the look was not pleasing to Slaughter. It was right about midday when Slaughter walked into nearby Escondido, California's Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, where a taillamp display caught his eye. After a quick counter crew consultation, a decision was made to french-in a pair of teardrops. Vintique makes them, Hot Rods & Custom Stuff stocks them, the timing was right and the work began without delay.

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Miller Electric
1635 W. Spencer Street
Appleton
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Hot Rods & Custom Stuff
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Pittsburgh
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412-434-3131
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3M Auto
877-666-2277
http://www.3mauto.com
Evercoat
513-489-7600
www.evercoat.com
Carborundum
http://www.carborundumabrasives.
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Harbor Freight Tools
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