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Old 12-01-2018, 12:21 PM
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How do you install / re-install the tag light assembly on a 1964 coupe. The three bolts that attach it to the body are a machine screw with a lock washer and nut.

I cannot reach my hand up far enough from the backside to get the nuts on the rear most two machine screws.

It almost looks like I would need to remove the rear valance panel to get enough room to re-install these screws.

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Old 12-01-2018, 12:27 PM
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You answered your own question.
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Old 12-01-2018, 12:28 PM
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I think I did it with the valence removed but maybe removing the spare tire tub might give you access....be careful of the order you install the parts; e.g. the metal bezel; you can install it wrong (I did at first)! The license plate three-sided bezel goes on first and the light ***'y next.






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I was afraid of that. OK, valance comes off.

Frankie, 10-4 on the order of re-install.
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So, with a lot of cussing, dropping the nut, rinse and repeat, I finally got the tag light back in without pulling the valence panel.

Not a job I want to do again.
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Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post
I think I did it with the valence removed but maybe removing the spare tire tub might give you access....be careful of the order you install the parts; e.g. the metal bezel; you can install it wrong (I did at first)!



Dammit Frankie!!😂😂. You know what I had to go redo just now?
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Old 12-01-2018, 05:03 PM
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Dammit Frankie!!😂😂. You know what I had to go redo just now?
Yeah. I feel ya!
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A piece of masking tape on the end of your finger with the nut stuck to it can be very helpful.
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I'll bet there are more incorrectly installed than the right way. The illustration isnt clear on that in the AIM

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According to the assy manual and the judging guide, the bezel goes on first then the light
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Originally Posted by vettsplit 63 View Post
I'll bet there are more incorrectly installed than the right way. The illustration isnt clear on that in the AIM
Actually, the A.I.M is very clear. The bezel is installed PRIOR to the light assembly. Also, the NCRS Judging Guides have pictures of how it was originally installed. I hope others don't modify their correctly assembled cars to coincide with incorrect posted info.
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The picture I used was in explanation of when I installed it wrong .. I thought that was pretty clear - .. I edited the post to make it even more clear////

Of course the AIM is the ultimate guide..


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Here's my '67:


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Man, I wish I hadn't looked at this thread!!!!!

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Man, I wish I hadn't looked at this thread!!!!!

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Don't flog yourself, some parts are just easy to get flummoxed.... I see this part and headlight motor dash switches installed incorrectly more often than you would think... The AIM isn't always clear if you are looking at a single page out of context. You have to notice the bezel is already installed (red arrow) on the page showing the license plate light ***'y...

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There is a difference in the size of mounting screws shown in Frankie's and JohnZ's photos.

Frankie's are larger recessed Phillips flat heads. JohnZ's are much smaller, fitting into the countersunk areas of the license light more.

Which is correct? Larger? Smaller?

I don't know... I'm askin'.
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Originally Posted by Chuck Gongloff View Post
There is a difference in the size of mounting screws shown in Frankie's and JohnZ's photos.

Frankie's are larger recessed Phillips flat heads. JohnZ's are much smaller, fitting into the countersunk areas of the license light more.

Which is correct? Larger? Smaller?

I don't know... I'm askin'.
The screw size and housing color on John's car are correct.
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The screw size and housing color on John's car are correct.
Thank you. That's what I thought. I agree about the color too.
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The bezel showed up dark in that picture for some reason. It is actually a much lighter color than depicted.

As to the screws, the latest 63/64 JG says,....the license plate light assembly is lightly anodized and painted dull silver and held in place by three flat-head countersunk screws.

So, draw your own conclusions about the advice given.

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John's set up is what we see on correctly configured mid-year cars.

(was there any doubt?)

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