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    Has anyone seen, know of, or have a photo showing the optional trunk light for the Squarebird?

    Mac's has one listed for the 58-66, but I don't know if this looks like the original. It must work on a mercury switch, because I don't see what makes it turn on on/off.
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    Bart
    1960 Hard Top/430
    Thunderbird Registry Number 1231

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    Yes, that light has a mercury switch. It is Ford light from the early sixties. I have a diagram of the trunk light for the Squarebird.
    Alexander
    1959 Hard Top
    1960 Golde Top
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    • #3
      When you get time, maybe you can post that diagram. I haven't got a clue as to where it goes, or how it's mounted.

      Meanwhile, I'll go ahead and order the light from Mac's.

      Thanks.
      Bart
      1960 Hard Top/430
      Thunderbird Registry Number 1231

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        Alexander
        1959 Hard Top
        1960 Golde Top
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        • #5
          Thanks Alexander.

          I'll post a photo when I get it done later on. Running the hot lead from the front will be the deal.
          Bart
          1960 Hard Top/430
          Thunderbird Registry Number 1231

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          • #6
            I was fortunate yesterday to spend time with a 60 HT on it's last day. This was a 430HT, A/C, Rose (V) with a black leather interior (86). Nicely optioned car, spot light, trunk antenna, W/S washer, full power, trunk light.

            I pulled the trunk light and will post pictures later. It has definite markings, none are Ford or Fomoco.

            I slavaged want little was left and useable in addition to buying the entire driveline. I asked the owner to have the yard cut the 430 mounts out, only hope they will do so. Took the data plate and another plate stamped Wixon 2364, will also post pictures.
            Ken
            1959 J Convertible
            1960 J Hardtop

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            • #7
              Ken:

              I'll be interested in seeing what the trunk light looks like before you put it in -- as it was pulled.

              Glad you were with the old girl on her last day -- but still sad.
              Bart
              1960 Hard Top/430
              Thunderbird Registry Number 1231

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              • #8
                The light doesn't appear to have been assembly line installed, the wire wasn't neatly routed as in the diagrams that Alexander posted, but it could still be dealer installed.
                The wire was spliced into the trunk harness and routed thru the underside trunk bracing. The light is 2.5" dia x 1.375 " high. Maybe someone will know if this is the correct light for the squarebird era.

                The following is stamped on the cover:

                JOHN W. HOBBS CORP.
                PAT NOS.
                2107.570
                2107.768
                MADE IN
                USA
                SPRINGFIELD ILL

                The numbers may not be correct as they are hard read as the die was so small.
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                Ken
                1959 J Convertible
                1960 J Hardtop

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                • #9
                  Trunk Light Option -- Anyone Know? Reply to Thread

                  I Googled the company name and location. The J.W. Hobbs Corp. is still in existence! It is part of the Honeywell Corp. Below is their information. This light is probably no longer being manufactured according to the person I spoke with. She would need their part number. If you can find that part number on the unit she will be able to tell you if they still make it. Perhaps giving her the patent numbers would help? I looked through some of their catalogs and could find nothing like it anymore.

                  www.hobbs-corp.com
                  J.W. Hobbs Corporation
                  P.O Box 19424
                  Springfield, Illinois, U.S.A. 62794-9424
                  Phone: (217) 753-7752
                  Fax: (217) 753-7789
                  email: hobbs.marketing@hobbs-corp.com

                  Ray
                  '59 "Yellow Rose" VTCI #11178

                  Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
                  '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
                  "It's Hip To Be Square"
                  Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

                  Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

                  http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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                  • #10
                    That looks just like the light on the hood of my mark111?

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                    • #11
                      Mac's stocks a reproduction of the same one.

                      See my first post above.

                      Bart
                      1960 Hard Top/430
                      Thunderbird Registry Number 1231

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                      • #12
                        Trunk Light Option -- Anyone Know?

                        Hi Bart!

                        Thanks for that information! I see it listed on Mac's p118 as a hood light and on p155 as a trunk light. Same unit. C2RZ-15A700-A. I am going to order one of each so I have both areas covered. I am glad to see someone is making a reproduction of the original light!

                        I found a couple of headlight cover screws today, thank goodness. I will have one as a spare. That was good news! I am still going to make a trip to the ACE Hardware store just to see if they happen to have it in stock. If so, I will certainly let ya'll know!

                        Ray
                        '59 "Yellow Rose" VTCI 11178

                        Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
                        '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
                        "It's Hip To Be Square"
                        Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

                        Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

                        http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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                        • #13
                          There is one on ebay right now. They say it's out of a 66 but supposed to fit 59-66? #200200117672

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                          • #14
                            Trunk Light Option -- Anyone

                            I went to buy two of those trunk lights from Mac's, one for the trunk and one for the hood. They are no longer available from them.I will have to try someone else. Just thought I would let you know...

                            Ray
                            '59 "Yellow Rose" VTCI 11178

                            Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
                            '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
                            "It's Hip To Be Square"
                            Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

                            Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

                            http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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                            • #15
                              Trunk Lite

                              I was able to review the pics Alex posted as they were part of the 60 electrical assembly manual from Osborne.

                              The base part number is listed as a trunk lite, but the engineering part crosses to a B7S number that I cannot find in my parts catalogue. The light assembly appears to be very similar to the 64-66 trunk light assembly.

                              I reviewed my up to mid year 59 parts book and unfortunately there is no listing for a 58 or 59 trunk light assembly using a couple of the crossed base numbers.

                              Not sure what any of this means but it appears that the trunk light was not available until the 1960 model year.

                              The pics posted of the round one with a hole in the side is a C3R or C2R piece that crosses to an under hood light for the 64-66 birds. Being as how I have 2 of these NOS in the box they were not an option for the squarebird, when the birds were new.

                              As for the VTCI rules saying yes to the trunk light, this is one of the areas we did not finish research on prior to issuing the text. Therefore if trunk light installed on any square, it would be acceptable as of today.

                              The round ones do appear from time to time on ebay and usually I find them under 1964 tbird of tbird nos.

                              Good Luck
                              Fuz
                              58's&64's
                              Sun Prairie, Wi
                              tmjsong1@aol.com

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