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Old 11-08-2012, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm replacing my reverse light housings and the gaskets are kicking my butt! Is there a trick to getting those things to stay on the housing while you're installing them? The gasket has a TINY lip that fits around the housing that seems impossible to have stay in place when you go to install it on the car. Any tips or tricks?
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I'm confused. I was going to do mine a couple weeks (but never did.. haha).. Shouldn't the gasket just slip over the studs, and the studs slide through the rear valance?
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They do slip over the studs but mine has a little lip on the gasket that appears to just barely slide over the edge of the housing. It doesn't want to stay in place.
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On my 68 the gasket (I found some NOS ones) is too small to sit in place while the nuts are tightened.

No big trick, just patience. Put the gasket over the studs and start the nuts on. Push the housing toward the valence an work the gasket in place as you tighten the nuts. Be patient you'll end up with the gasket in place and tight against the chrome housing!


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The backup light gaskets give me more trouble every time I install a set! In the past, I've actually cut a slit in the bottom to make them fit. But that's cheating!

The best tip I've heard is to put them in boiling water for a few seconds. They will soften and stretch just enough to get on the housing and be installed on the car. I've never tried it, but it sounds reasonable.

By the way - your color combo (burgundy with the white vinyl top) is really, really nice!
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The backup light gaskets give me more trouble every time I install a set! In the past, I've actually cut a slit in the bottom to make them fit. But that's cheating!

The best tip I've heard is to put them in boiling water for a few seconds. They will soften and stretch just enough to get on the housing and be installed on the car. I've never tried it, but it sounds reasonable.

By the way - your color combo (burgundy with the white vinyl top) is really, really nice!
Have you tried what I described? Also use plastic utinsil picnic knife(s) to slip in the lip of the gasket when working it around into place.

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Thanks for the advice guys! At least I know I'm not the only one. It was starting to feel like one of those projects that seem so simple but somehow I complicate them by making it harder by missing something obvious! I'll try warming up the gaskets a little then working the nuts/housing/gaskets in place slowly like 'slim' said.

Dan66- I really like this color combo too! Thanks!
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