Re: [FWDLK] Replacing 57 DeSoto Taillight Lenses
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Re: [FWDLK] Replacing 57 DeSoto Taillight Lenses



  I was referring to the bumper bracket-to-frame nuts and bolts.

  But thanks for playing !  :-)

  B.

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On Sep 26, 2012, at 11:31 AM, Eastern Sierra Adjustment Svc wrote:

> A little bit preemptorily defensive, there, Brent?
> 
> I always thought that stainless steel clad-wrapped bumper bolts
> were OEM items.
> 
> Neil Vedder
> 
> 
> 
> 
>   On 9/26/2012 2:56 AM, Brent Burger wrote:
>> On Sep 26, 2012, at 1:45 AM, ddavids@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> 
>>> I need to replace one of the taillight lenses on one of my 57 DeSotos,
>>> but an easy way to do so isn't readily apparent. The chrome bezels can be
>>> unbolted from the fin easily enough, but I can't get them off the car.
>>> There doesn't appear to be enough clearance between the bottom of the
>>> bezel and the bumper/exhaust port to tip or wiggle them out.
>>> 
>>> What am I missing? Do I have to drop the bumper just to get the bezels off?
>>> 
>>> Dan Davids
>>> Seattle
>>> 
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>>   Dan,
>> 
>>   You are correct.  They can be tough to squeeze past the bumper if it is slightly closer to the body than normal.  You may need to loosen
>> the bolts holding the bumper to the frame and let it fall away from the area in question enough to do your work and cinch them back up
>> after re-installing the tail light assembly.
>> 
>>   This may be a good time to get some nice, "uncrunchy" nuts and bolts installed in there and make any adjustments to the hang of the
>> bumper by shimming.  More than you planned on doing, but it synchs well with getting that tail end looking "just right" and with clean bolts
>> in there, next time you need to do work there, it won't be the usual fight with crusty bolts. This is where I deviant from stock, and like to
>> use stainless.  If anyone wants to get their purist knickers in a knot by checking my bumper bolts for being too shiny, they can kiss my ....
>> My knuckles are worth more than their uppity opinion.  :-)
>> 
>>   I have a saying I like to tell myself:  "Be nice to me !".  I think everyone should be nice to themselves, especially when it involves potential
>> loss of hide.
>> 
>>   B.
>> 
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