72 Cougar Tail Light Dissasembly

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mvweaver
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72 Cougar Tail Light Dissasembly

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Post by mvweaver » 04 Apr 2019, 12:03

Anyone have any pictures or steps on what it takes to remove the tail light assemblies from the car? Mine have a couple of bulb sockets that need replaced as all the bulbs are rusted inside the sockets. Even the ones that are still burning are frozen in them. I got a couple of them out, but the sockets are beyond repair. Does the bumper and rear valance have to come off to get the lights out? Thanks, Matt
1972 Cougar XR7 Convertible
1963 Falcon Futura HT
1957 Ford F100
1942 Ford Pickup
1938 Ford Standard Coupe
1926 Ford Model TT
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Re: 72 Cougar Tail Light Dissasembly

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Post by CATHOUSE » 04 Apr 2019, 20:18

You need to remove the rear bumper to remove the fiberglass taillight housing. The bumper bolts are accessed inside the trunk and as I recall by reaching up behind the rear valance, 2 bolts each way. Before removing those bumper bolts though you need to unplug the taillight and license plate light wiring from inside the trunk. Then push the wiring out, then you can remove the bumper. Once the bumper is off flip it over upside down and you will see the nuts holding the taillight housings in place. When removing the nuts be careful as I have had quite a few in the past that instead of the nuts coming off the studs the studs back out of the housing. If one does that move on to another nut because if you remove the stud too far you risk breaking the fiberglass housing. Good luck with your project.

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Re: 72 Cougar Tail Light Dissasembly

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Post by mvweaver » 05 Apr 2019, 20:54

Thanks Randy! If the weather permits I’ll give it a shot tomorrow.
1972 Cougar XR7 Convertible
1963 Falcon Futura HT
1957 Ford F100
1942 Ford Pickup
1938 Ford Standard Coupe
1926 Ford Model TT
CCOA #10044

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