How do I get this thing out?

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  1. Dave Baro

    Dave Baro New Member

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    How do I take the light bulb socket out of these back-up light housings without destroying the socket? I’d like to use the socket again after rechroming the housing. It’s a rookie question but I’ve never disassembled one of these and I don’t want to damage it finding out how.

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  2. Joseph James

    Joseph James Well-Known Member

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    Mine just pulled out on my 68.

    The ends kind of remind me of a knockout seal.
     
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    A good penetrating oil would be a start.... to allowing a little wiggle. Sometimes thats all it takes.
     
  4. detmatt

    detmatt Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Yep, grab them near the base and wiggle while you pull.
     
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    Zymurgy Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    My sockets were toast, you can find new replacements and use the rubber boot and it still looks factory.
     
  6. Dave Baro

    Dave Baro New Member

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    Ok, pull it out from the back side? Looks like it’s ‘flanged’ at the front. No wiggle.

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    Joseph James Well-Known Member

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    My front turn/park lights were that way. Had to remove front lense to get bulbs changed.
     
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    78Brougham Deplorable FCBO Gold Member

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    Taken out of context THAT'S funny right there:rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    The tail lights on my ‘70 are like that. They are crimped in and not removable. There was a thread a while back where someone cut the socket off with a die cutter and used modern replacements that were removable from the back.
     
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  10. detmatt

    detmatt Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Glad someone got it.:rolleyes:
    It would have been even better if the directions were accurate. I guess I haven’t been confronted with wanting to remove one of those pigtails that didn’t come out as I instructed.:(
     
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    Samplingman gave you the answer. Are those single wire bulbs or two wire bulbs? makes a difference what you shop for after you wheel cut the old ones out, Jer
     
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    It looks like you remove the lens and take the bulb out from the front. The parking lights on my Fury are that way.
     
  13. Dave Baro

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    Thanks guys. It’s a single wire. Still looking for replacement sockets as it appears they have to either cut out or carefully uncrimped from the housing.
     
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    Looking at the pic the inside looks pretty clean as well as the outside. They need re-chromed?
     
  15. Dave Baro

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    Yeah, that’s the best angle of the best side. The other one really pitted and the bumper is being straightened and chromed.
     
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    My 6
    ‘68 Polara was like that.
    I plugged/ masked around the socket and wire. And wiped down the rust and socket with Eastwood fast etch to get rid of the rust. I then used Eastwood TankTone which is a galvanized silver color and used MRO. Chrome Galvanize coating for the reflector portion inside.
    I will try to find a link to that section of my restore thread
     
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    Good technique. Thanks.
     
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    68 Polara restore back on
    Actually as I look back at my post. I used the Cadmium zinc plating paints from Eastwood and not the tank tone. They have the gold, red and green colors, I may have used a little silver cadmium paint in the mix to get the right silver tone.
     
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