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    Default Tail lights, a lesson in patience.

    Definitely a "measure twice and cut once" project because they're hard (expensive) to replace.

    0000 steel wool 1st then I used a light compound and wax on the lenses.
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    Painted the insides of the housing with gloss white.
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    Used flat push nuts and rubber washers to attach the chrome strip, also painted the inside strip flat black.
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    I found a fastener for that middle plastic post, the one you have to break off, that holds on the chrome strip.
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    It has to be ground down though.
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    I used a die to cut threads in the plastic post which did two things, took away the taper and gave it some "teeth" to grab the fastener's threads when I pushed it down onto the post. I dripped some Gorilla Super Glue on there for extra strength.
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    I also painted the metal finisher with graphite wheel paint, Duplicolor #102 and their matte clear wheel coat.
    Then, TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA!!!
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    1972 240Z #918 New Sight Orange
    1977 280Z #305 Light Blue Metallic
    1972 240Z #110 Persimmons Red

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    Wow thats a very nice job.

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    Good as new! Maybe even better.
    Dennis
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    very smooth - well done!
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