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LED Mod for 1997 Thunderbird Grille Emblem

Last winter, a deer in the road persuaded me to do some work on the front of my car. I went to a salvage yard to grab some parts, which came from a 1997 model. While there, I decided to get the grille emblem off it, because my car had a plain Ford emblem (probably from the trunk lid), installed by the previous owner. I kind of liked it because it was unique, but putting a proper bird back on had been in the back of my mind for a while.

Now the 1997 emblems had little translucent blue feet, which gave me an idea. I bought some cheap LED strip lighting that could be cut to fit. I then cut away some of the black plastic on the back of the emblem, behind the feet. I stuck the adhesive back of the LED strip inside the bottom of the feet cavity, and put a cover on the back.

As for the wiring, it is not the strongest stuff in the world. It is very thin and hard to strip, but I managed to run one lead to a nearby ground. I removed the bulb from a nearby marker lamp and slid the other wire inside before replacing the bulb. It only illuminates if the marker lamps or headlamps are on.

Here are the results: (sorry for the crappy cellphone pic)

During the day it is almost impossible to see. At night, it casts a very small amount of light, easily overpowered by the marker lamps (not to mention the headlamps).

1996 Thunderbird LX (4.6), previous daily driver

1995 Mustang GT (5.0), daily driver
1995 GMC C2500 (5.7), alternate daily driver
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