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Someone Is Selling A Mountain Of 30,000 Jeep Wrangler Taillights

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I really have no idea how this is possible, or the circumstances that perhaps lead up to this glorious phenomenon, or why or anything. I’m not even sure I want to know, because I may prefer this whole thing to be shrouded in beautiful mystery. And, by “this whole thing” I mean a massive mound of 30,000 “box” taillights that is currently holding court in Clayton, NC, and are currently being sold for $7/pair. The mind reels at the possibilities of 30,000 box taillights! You could outfit 15,000 Jeeps with proper lighting! You could build a massive wall of these in a grid and make pixellated, red (and some white) light animations! You could make a really uncomfortable wardrobe! The mind reels!

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “box” taillight, I can almost guarantee that if you live somewhere in North America, you’re at least familiar with the lights themselves. These are those basic, box-shaped taillights that have been used on innumerable working and utility vehicles from forklifts to box trucks to dump trucks, pickup trucks, and, perhaps most famously, Jeeps, from the CJ-5 in the late ’60s/early ’70s to the TJs of the late 1990s.

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These taillights are an under-appreciated design icon; I’ve been trying to find out who designed these marvels of efficiency – two bulbs perform six separate functions – for years with no luck. I got pretty obsessed, and even made a tribute video all about them:

That one I’m holding in the video there set me back about $20 – and this King of Taillights is selling two for seven bucks! A steal!

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I look at this colossal mound of box taillights and feel nothing but awe, perhaps that strange and rare feeling we call “numinous.”

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You feel it too, don’t you? Of course you do – you’re human! How could you not be faced with 30,000 box taillights and not feel something stirring deep inside you?

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Even at the wildly low price of $7/pair, buying the whole mound would set you back about $105,000 – a hefty investment. But think of what you could do!

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The world’s largest and most painful and pinchy ball pit! But instead of balls, it’s taillights, you see. Forgive the crudeness of that mockup, but you get the idea.

Artist Amy Landesberg has set a precedent with her sculpture Tail Light Swarm, installed on a wall in the San Diego airport, and made up of 801 Hyundai Elantra left-side taillights:

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Maybe there need to be more massive taillight sculptures? 30,000 taillights are enough to make a 160×144 grid, which is the size, in pixels, of an original Game Boy screen! With that and some electronics and an emulator on a Raspberry Pi, you could have a massive playable Game Boy installation! You could even emulate the 4 shades of greenish by having just the taillight on, the brighter brake light, the reverse light, or both bulbs! That’s four separate levels right there! This could work!

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You could build a whole, functional taillight bar from these, complete with box taillight chandeliers!

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The possibilities are dizzying! And it’s not too far from where I am? Maybe I need to pay a visit to Mount Taillight, if only to pay my respects.

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(Thanks to Ted for showing me this link!)

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ADDvanced
ADDvanced
14 days ago

I think you should buy a few and make lamps out of them to give away to premium members.

El Jefe de Barbacoa
El Jefe de Barbacoa
14 days ago

This is like an AI-generated honeypot to trap Torch. Or maybe a Twilight Zone-style taillight monster that swallows tail light obsessed people and spits out another tail light containing another human soul on top of the pile. I’m not going near it!

SBMtbiker
SBMtbiker
14 days ago

numinous What a great word! Had to look it up! Hope to use it myself!

MikeInTheWoods
MikeInTheWoods
14 days ago

Perhaps the Autopian can have a Lantern rouge trailer that functions as a mobile bar/swag item for group meets? Cover it completely inside and out with these taillights.

Bizness Comma Nunya
Bizness Comma Nunya
14 days ago

I bet it was from some company that did body upfit work on chassis cabs pickups, cutaways (Ford E-Series), or maybe even stripped chassis (Ford F-53/59’s).

Those vehicles are delivered from the OEMs with these tail lights, then a company upfits the rear frame rails with a upfit body of some kind (work truck body, tow truck body, etc..).

Some of those upfit bodies use these tail lights so they don’t get removed, others use a different tail light that’s integrated in to the bodywork. The latter is what probably caused the stockpile of these tail lights that were removed and not re-used.

Last edited 14 days ago by Bizness Comma Nunya
Scott Sabinson
Scott Sabinson
14 days ago

If I still owned a lawn company, I’d buy 25 or 30 pairs. The rate at which these get torn off trailers is shocking.

Andrew Wyman
Andrew Wyman
14 days ago

Jason, can the Autopian please buy enough to build David a Jeep tail light chandelier? I think that is a good story and idea.

El Jefe de Barbacoa
El Jefe de Barbacoa
14 days ago
Reply to  Andrew Wyman

Maybe build him a tail light igloo that he stays in for a week if we hit 300 subscribers?

FrontWillDrive
FrontWillDrive
15 days ago

These could be repurposed as trophies for some future Autopian award ceremony of some sort.

Segador
Segador
15 days ago

Is this like an OnlyFans account for Torch?

Angry Bob
Angry Bob
15 days ago

So how many did you buy?

Flyingstitch
Flyingstitch
15 days ago

In a sleepy town in eastern North Carolina, the forces of Maximum Torch and Maximum Tracy converge. Be afraid.

Data
Data
15 days ago
Reply to  Flyingstitch

A champagne supernova in the skyyyyy…

Ecsta C3PO
Ecsta C3PO
14 days ago
Reply to  Flyingstitch

If there was a more obvious baited trap directed towards two specific people then I haven’t seen it.

Vetatur Fumare
Vetatur Fumare
14 days ago
Reply to  Ecsta C3PO

My question is, what is their purpose??? What are they going to do with those two? Is it the Herb setting a trap?

Can’t wait to see the comic book version.

Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
14 days ago
Reply to  Flyingstitch

Don’t cross the streams.

Curtis Loew
Curtis Loew
15 days ago

See the brackets attached to the lights? These came on new cab and chassis trucks at delivery. When the trucks are upfitted with a body these lights are just tossed out.

Last edited 15 days ago by Curtis Loew
My Goat Ate My Homework
My Goat Ate My Homework
15 days ago
Reply to  Curtis Loew

yep, thought the same thing due to the way the wires are protected.

Here they are on a Ram chassis.

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Thomas Bell
Thomas Bell
14 days ago
Reply to  Curtis Loew

Can confirm, I worked at a major tree company and we had several thousand laying around with harness. EVERY employee in the shop had a set of them on their trailer. I think i sold them for $2 EA around 10 years ago.

Bizness Comma Nunya
Bizness Comma Nunya
14 days ago
Reply to  Curtis Loew

Yep, agreed.

Chronometric
Chronometric
15 days ago

Back up a minute. They would be Boxing Day gifts. It won’t brake the bank.

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