Hello, today I was trying to get a few small things done on the car and I realized that the tail light bodies I ordered aren't exactly fitting well. I can insert the bolts into the top two holes, and then push the bottom in, but they strain the top bolts trying to get the body flush with the panel-- however, I CAN get all four bolts in. When I tighten the bolts, I'm getting virtually no compression on the white gasket. If I understand correctly, the white gasket goes between the body and the tail light panel, and the black gasket goes between the body and the lens.
1. Is that the correct gasket placement?
2. Has anybody else had problems fitting aftermarket tail light bodies? How did you remedy it?
3. Any tips or advice for this install?
I can't for the life of me get them to line up. I've thought about widening the holes with a rat tail file, but the car was just barely painted, and I figured I'd ask here on VMF before I went and did something I might regret.
I've attached a few photos, but I'm not sure they'll be helpful. You can see the level of gasket compression I'm getting in a few of them. Is it just a matter of cranking down on the nuts until everything lines up, or am I going to have to modify the car?
Any and all advice or information is welcome!