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Old 11-16-2005, 07:42 PM   #1
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Fiber Optics...Coooool!!!

I've seen people talking about these in different threads. I've always known I've had them but never towed at night until tonight and it's the first time I've noticed them working....Awsome! How long have they been doing these and was this the only application for fiber in the 70's?!?

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Old 11-16-2005, 07:45 PM   #2
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Uhh.....

I may be dense (or even dence), but what fiberoptics are you talking about... and what is the photo of? Probably something the AS's had but not the Argosy's?
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Dude, Keeewwwlll. Now, what the heck is it? Is that the little light on the back of the trailer that you can see from the driver's side rear view mirror that tells (shows) you when your turn signal is on/off/on/off/on/off, etc?
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Rivetdude and Marc,

My 71 Sovereign has that too. Each taillight had a fiber optic cable attached to it, which ran to the road side, to these two little lights. The theory, I guess, is that those fiber optics let you know whether your lights were working or whether the bulb was burned out. Either way, they light up when you use the brakes or when you use the turn signals. When Lazarus was restored, I had them fix the fiber optics on mine, just because I think they're cool.

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Old 11-16-2005, 07:57 PM   #5
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My 78 Argosy has some tiny little lights like this on the side. Never thought to look at them in the dark. Could they be the same as the AS picture?
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I've seen people talking about these in different threads. I've always known I've had them but never towed at night until tonight and it's the first time I've noticed them working....Awsome! How long have they been doing these and was this the only application for fiber in the 70's?!?

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yes indeed, from what ive read, only from the 70's..i spent some time staring at your pic trying to figure it out...very star wars dont you know..
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My 78 Argosy has some tiny little lights like this on the side. Never thought to look at them in the dark. Could they be the same as the AS picture?
That's probably exactly what they are. They're not "lights" though...they're more like "windows to the tail lights". It's the light from the tail lights that is transmitted through the fiber optic. So if the tail, brake, or turn signal goes, that light is no longer available to be transmitted. An ingenius idea really. Cadillacs have them.

I've never really thought to look at them either. That's why I'm posting them tonight...although I must confess that I don't have the proper trailer-tow mirrors on my truck so I can't see all the way around my toaster as I should be able to. I just saw a flicker in the corner of my eye as I entered into a left turn.
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That's cool! My 68 Corvette had fiberoptic turn and taillight indicators in the console. Same concept. Must have seemed very futuristic in the early 70s.
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too cool!

I think you need colored film over the fiber optics... think of the light show you could do..... sadly, my Argosy does not have them.
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My 75 has one, it is too kool at night, also a good way to check to see if your lights are working with out walking around to the back. Actually took apart the tail light to see what it looked like. Careful not to stare at it too long while driving
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Cadillacs in the 70's had these also, located in the top center of the back window. You could look in the mirror and see if you taillights and turn signals were working.
Although I must admit, when I saw the title for the thread, I envisioned a commentary on diet habits of Airstreamers...
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Cadillacs in the 70's had these also, located in the top center of the back window. You could look in the mirror and see if you taillights and turn signals were working.
Although I must admit, when I saw the title for the thread, I envisioned a commentary on diet habits of Airstreamers...
Yes, the Cadillac fiber optics looked much like this here, except this is a picture I took of my cat. I'm having trouble identifying the breed though, do any of you have any ideas?



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I never knew cats had fiber optic indicators, or is that just a 70s thing too?

Hey! How old is that cat anyway?!?
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