With the addition of the intercooler behind the grille of our '68 Chevy, the real estate was starting to become a hot commodity. One of the things that received the "imminent domain" card was the turn signals. When things were first mocked up, I was pretty adamant about keeping the stock turn signals in the stock locations. It is the law and all. But after I researched my options, I realized that relocating them wouldn't be that big of a deal. Like almost everything in this hobby, someone else has already got it figured out.
That someone turned out to be John Lawrence at Brothers Trucks, who turned me on to their Euro-style headlights that incorporate a row of separately wired LEDs on either side of the H4 halogen bulb (PN EHL80TR). I opted to wire the inner side to the park lamp circuit and the outer row of LEDs to the respective turn signal circuit, thereby replacing the aforementioned grille-mounted items. While I was at it, I also figured it wouldn't hurt to take those marker lights on the fenders and make them operable turn signals as well. A little bit of safety for the 21st century I suppose.
When it comes to shaving the turn signals from a '67-'68 C10 grille, there are two options: modify the existing piece or find an original upper grille insert to replace the lower. The latter is by far the easier way to go, but at the time no one reproduced and sold the upper grille insert individually and I couldn't find a stock one. So, it was "back to the bat cave" and time to put my modest bodyworking skills to the test. At the end of the day, it took just that—a day—to fabricate, patch, weld, fill, smooth, smack it up, flip it, and rub it down. And most of that day was spent waiting for body filler to cure!
Once it was all said and done, I was actually surprised at how much I preferred the look of the front end without the turn signals. I'm typically more of a purist when it comes to smoothing and shaving all the stock items, but this one caught me by surprise.
So if you're looking to make a custom statement with the front end of your truck and those turn signals are getting in the way or you'd like to update a vintage hauler that never had marker lights to begin with, here are a few ideas to get you rolling!