HOW TO INSTALL A NEW TAIL LIGHT PANEL
in a 65-66 Mustang
Remove the bumper, backup lights, gas filler
neck, tail lights and license plate. Remove the
rear lower valance.
Take a look at the new panel to be installed to
get a good idea where the seams are.
Start grinding, drilling, or use whatever method
you prefer to cut all the spot welds away.
I found it much easier to use my nibbler to cut
away the main areas of sheet metal first so I
could wedge a chisel in between the remaining
pieces to determine exactly where the spot welds
Big pieces of the panel were cut out of the way to
allow work to be done on smaller pieces.
Once welded in place, Bondo the areas around the tail light holes to form a flat surface, and use 3M Automotive
paintable seam sealer to fill any joints. Now, just bolt all the other stuff back in place.
Prime, paint and you are ready to go.
Give those Chevies something good to look at!
The old panel, all 14 pieces of it, showing all the
cuts made to remove it.
This is the corner piece you want
to be sure not to damage. The dots
"O" show where there are spot
welds remaining to be removed.
This is the new panel.
A new bumper and a set of new backup lights
finish off the restored appearance.
|The new panel snapped into place for a perfect fit. This is where paying the extra price for FORD
sheet metal pays off.
Install the bumper bolts to hold the valance to the bumper mount brackets, then install the row of
sheet metal screws across the bottom of the panel.
Then, plug weld the new panel to the existing sheet metal. Plug welding is done by drilling a 3/32"
hole in the new material, exposing the old material below, then filling the hole with weld.
A MIG or TIG welder with gas shield is a must for this job,