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'57 taillight questions.
#1411789 Fri May 28 2021 11:18 PM
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Below is a pic of my left tail light housing. I have the following questions:

1. What type of socket connects to it? Mine is missing.
2. Does it hold on from the back?
3. Is 1157 the right bulb for this?

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1957 Chevy Panel Truck, powered by SBC 350 from 1977 Camaro
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Re: '57 taillight questions.
pan3lman #1411792 Sat May 29 2021 12:02 AM
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Watch out for careful drivers!!!
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Re: '57 taillight questions.
pan3lman #1411833 Sat May 29 2021 01:26 PM
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Thanks! I'm just trying to make sense in my head now of how that thing hooks on to the bulb if the housing is already installed in the truck.


1957 Chevy Panel Truck, powered by SBC 350 from 1977 Camaro
Author, Bring CHANGE Into Your Life (a truly easy investment tool)
https://www.amazon.com/Bring-CHANGE-Into-truly-investment/dp/1077276869
Re: '57 taillight questions.
pan3lman #1411875 Sat May 29 2021 07:12 PM
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The plastic insulator has bayonet pins that fit the rear of that socket. just like the bulb. Once it is installed from the rear and locked with the bayonet pins, it's spring loaded contacts are ready for the bulb to be inserted in front. The pins of both the bulb and the contact insulator hold them in place and key them, so that bulb contacts align with insulator contacts. The boot fits over the stick out brass receiver. 1157 is the correct bulb.
Jim carter, who sells that light in pairs, shows a pic with wires included? Did you get the wires????? He shows a metal rear contact/wiring scheme. Contact them for suggestions on the part you need.


Watch out for careful drivers!!!
I'm away on an ego trip. Will be back on Feb 30.
I'm not an Auto Mechanic, but I play one on TV.
I charge $0.02 for every opinion and I take Paypal.
Plan B is always better than plan A, by definition.
Sometimes no nonsense makes sense, in a sense.
You can't teach a new dog old tricks.
Honk if you're Amish


Re: '57 taillight questions.
pan3lman #1411878 Sat May 29 2021 07:51 PM
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'Bolter
Thanks. I got the housings used at Carlisle. They had no wires, which is why I'm fumbling on this frown


1957 Chevy Panel Truck, powered by SBC 350 from 1977 Camaro
Author, Bring CHANGE Into Your Life (a truly easy investment tool)
https://www.amazon.com/Bring-CHANGE-Into-truly-investment/dp/1077276869
Re: '57 taillight questions.
pan3lman #1411880 Sat May 29 2021 07:56 PM
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Ok understood. They are $100 new for the pair. They were mounted to the body using tinnerman clips. (spring nuts). With pan head sheet metal screws.
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Watch out for careful drivers!!!
I'm away on an ego trip. Will be back on Feb 30.
I'm not an Auto Mechanic, but I play one on TV.
I charge $0.02 for every opinion and I take Paypal.
Plan B is always better than plan A, by definition.
Sometimes no nonsense makes sense, in a sense.
You can't teach a new dog old tricks.
Honk if you're Amish


Re: '57 taillight questions.
pan3lman #1411888 Sat May 29 2021 10:21 PM
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'Bolter
Thank you. I will definitely check out what you posted.

In the meantime, I scored a pair of LED taillights from Wal-Mart today that look similar to OEM, and may work to get me over the inspection hump for the time being smile


1957 Chevy Panel Truck, powered by SBC 350 from 1977 Camaro
Author, Bring CHANGE Into Your Life (a truly easy investment tool)
https://www.amazon.com/Bring-CHANGE-Into-truly-investment/dp/1077276869
Re: '57 taillight questions.
pan3lman #1411916 Sun May 30 2021 12:32 AM
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"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
What you are missing is a light socket pigtail. Less than $5 at most FLAPS. Your socket looks like the pins slots are even. Which would translate to a single filament 1156 bulb. I have cheated in the past by sanding one of the pins off of an 1157 bulb, and using a double filament repair pigtail.

These repair pigtails slide in from the bulb side.

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Re: '57 taillight questions.
MNSmith #1411921 Sun May 30 2021 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by MNSmith
What you are missing is a light socket pigtail. Less than $5 at most FLAPS. Your socket looks like the pins slots are even. Which would translate to a single filament 1156 bulb. I have cheated in the past by sanding one of the pins off of an 1157 bulb, and using a double filament repair pigtail.

These repair pigtails slide in from the bulb side.

I believe he is showing the contact insulator end of the socket. You can't see the bulb end. Two sets of bayonets. Maybe he can post a pic of the inside of the housing. Tail light has one bulb. Tail and turn/stop.


Watch out for careful drivers!!!
I'm away on an ego trip. Will be back on Feb 30.
I'm not an Auto Mechanic, but I play one on TV.
I charge $0.02 for every opinion and I take Paypal.
Plan B is always better than plan A, by definition.
Sometimes no nonsense makes sense, in a sense.
You can't teach a new dog old tricks.
Honk if you're Amish


Re: '57 taillight questions.
pan3lman #1411926 Sun May 30 2021 12:58 AM
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Thanks guys! I will happily get you some more pics in the AM. I am not going down to the garage now bc it's flippin COLLLLLLD!! grin


1957 Chevy Panel Truck, powered by SBC 350 from 1977 Camaro
Author, Bring CHANGE Into Your Life (a truly easy investment tool)
https://www.amazon.com/Bring-CHANGE-Into-truly-investment/dp/1077276869
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