Tail Light Socket question

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  1. FlDart360

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    Could someone tell me if there is anyone selling replacement tail light sockets for a 1971 Dart? I need one for the stop/turn signal. What are my choices?

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    They dont make them anymore. Dorman has ones that are close.
     
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    I just replaced mine with the generic off the rack socket from O'Reilly's. Easy.
     
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    cut one off another harness and splice in
     
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    Good luck on that. Because they are not removable from the taillight housing. To remove it you pretty much destory it. New is your only option
     
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    I kind of figured I might need to adapt something generic. Why I’m at it has anyone tried out an LED bulb in their tail lights?
     
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    The reflection is kinda weird in the housing. You get one super bright spot and not much more. Stay with stock bulbs.
     
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    Just polish up the inside and call it good.

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      That looks great you’re starting to inspire me what method did you use to get results that good.
       
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      For LEDs the Sylvania Zevo is pretty good and lights the whole lens, even with a really dull reflector. Made a huge difference in the daylight.
       
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      Never Dull polishing wadding. Most auto stores carry it.
       
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        e0a40d2e-a78f-4eb1-b9d3-3c90132513ae_1.f1d3c8ad2d9eaa7dff3aa769af28277e.jpg Walmart carries it looks like something every car guy should have. I'm going to give that a try thanks for the tip.
         
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        They started like this. So you can see the stuff works.

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          Yep that’s what mine look like
           
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          Get busy cleaning them up. Before & after tail lights too. :)

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          Can you give me a paint recommendation on the black paint for the taillights. I think my taillight socket replacement project has just changed into total taillight refurbishment.
           
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          If you use a airbrush? Don't laugh. But testors model paint Gloss Black is spot on perfect. They also sell it in a spray can.
           
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            More pictures. You get the idea. You need to do it one color at a time. Silver is first. Black is last. First pic is before.

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              Just to get you side tracked. I did this too. :)

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