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1977-78 clear and yellow direction light lenses?

Discussion in 'Classic Dodge Trucks - Pre 1981' started by bikinkawboy, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. bikinkawboy

    bikinkawboyWell-Known Member

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    Every so often I see 77-78 pickups with amber (vetrtical) direction light lenses up front. Both of my 77s are clear and a 78 sales brochure shows all to be clear. Where do the amber ones come from?
     
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    There's apparently no rhyme or reason as to why where & how I always thought the base trucks got the amber but was corrected over at RCC & now I just claim to know nothing on this subject
     
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    Ive noticed that before and always wondered too. Simply a Mopar thing where they keep us guessing ?
     
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    Over on the Road Runner's Nest we got into a big discussion about the factory options on the Plymouth Satellite/Roadrunner line of the mid seventies, and a gentleman that worked at a Plymouth dealer in the seventies jumped in and solved an issue about factory options. It seems that Plymouth and Dodge both sent vehicles to dealers that were incomplete just to get them off the assembly line, sometimes without steering wheels, radios, and missing drive trains. It was up to the dealer to complete the package. It solved an issue with my 73 Roadrunner I owned in 1975 when I was eighteen. I bought it at a bank repo lot, and it came with an electric antenna, which wasn't an option on the Plymouth Satty line. It was a Mopar part of the day, but it was an option on the high ended Chrysler line, and I'm betting that's where it came from. It wasn't on the broadcast sheet. Young RR owners took issue with my assertion I bought it that way, it wasn't a viable Plymouth Satty option so it couldn't be original, even in 1975. It was a repo...the previous owner owned it for about....six months, and I bought it on the cheap.

    It could be that the amber/clear lenses are in a similar situation. The trucks were received at dealer incomplete, and the parts department had to complete them with the parts on hand.

    Just my 2 cents worth.
     
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    I have a 78 Power Wagon that has the amber vertical lights in the grill
     
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    I checked my factory parts book & it said that clear ones were used up till 2-1-78 & amber ones after that date
     
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    Good info Bob . I've always found the clear one's on 77's and the amber one's on any of the 78's I've found . But maybe they were all later 78's that I've gotten . I'm going to have to look at the 77 grill I have on the wall and see if there's a date on it .
     
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    Thanks for that info, my 77 came with both! as spares.
     
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    Just to jump in...
    Same situation with 1972 - 1976 Trucks and Ramchargers with the horizontal lenses in the front valance....
    These are also available in clear or amber.
     
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    As for the differnt colored lenses on the 72-76's, I wonder if there was any difference between the trucks sold in the US and the Fargo's sold in Canada? Also, when did they drop the Fargo name?
     
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    We have an original 1978 Dodge Power Wagon W150 verticle lights they are amber.