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Old 01-12-2008, 11:03 PM
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Question Rear tail light seals. Help!

Hi all,
Got a 60 T-Bird HT. I was just needing a little information about the type of seal or sealing material that is used in the body where the whole assembly mounts to the car. The three holes for the wires and bulbs then the holes for the studs. I took off the assembly and cleaned them up. Then I gave myself arthitis using 0000 Steel Wool to clean up the chrome. Then a silicon type protectant to prevent more rust. Even though they are pitted they look a little more presentable. Then I used the Craft pen idea to repaint the squares. This worked OK but it did take a little bit of time. Probably a lot less than masking and spraying. I am a novice restorer at best. Anyway I am posting a picture of what I am talking about and hope to hear from someone soon. Thanks.


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Old 01-13-2008, 12:02 AM
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You did a great job on the tail light buckets.

I'm pretty sure that there is no gasket behind the flat plate. The studs should have a non hardening caulking around the holes. You can get that at Home Depot, or a hardware store -- I'm speaking of a grey non-hardening putty material. This way any water will wash out from behind the flate plate and dry.

Each tail light has a rubber gasket behind the lens. I can see in the photo that parts of yours are broken and stuck to the car body. Those can be bought from Bird Nest (in CA) 800-232-6378.

1960 TAIL LIGHT LENS GASKET New 5-1G 2.00 Each Info
1960 Hard Top/430
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Old 01-13-2008, 09:20 AM
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Your work looks great,and I agree with Bart about the nonharding sealer around the holes,it looks like you put alot of time in your work,I would be unable to paint like that as my hands would shake to much,keep up the good work.
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:29 AM
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Thank you for all of the pointers and comments. I hope to have the bird back on the road soon. I am trying to make it a driver and part time show participant. Not that many around in the shows in my area. Squarebirds are quite scarce. Well back to work on the never ending project. I know it took some time to help me out and I really appreciate it. Thanks again.
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