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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by JAG56Cad on Today at 12:12:27 PM »
Bob,

Here are the ones from the í56 which I refurbished for the tail and backup lamp (bag).

Iíve installed new sockets for the backup one and use the old and/or made new square frames for them.

The one on the middle is the old one that is badly damage but still has the insulator the two small spring on each wire are gone, Iíve highlighted the prongs that slide in the socket groves to hold it in place.

The two on each side are the one I was able to rebuilt with new insulator (from new tail light sockets sets I had) new small spring inside and new wires cloth cover for the left side and standard wires for the right side.

Iíve also reply to you PM, just let me know.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by RobertM on Today at 12:08:47 PM »
The taillights came out nice. Fresh chrome and I replaced the red lenses. I have 3 original lenses available if anyone needs one. They are solid with some crazing. Not sure how I ended up with the 3rd one. I was Ebay addicted a few years ago, getting ready for this project.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by RobertM on Today at 12:02:08 PM »
Lexi, got your pm. This is what I would need. No worry about the chrome bits. By the potmetal part. I meant the piece that holds the socket in place, where it screws to the assembly.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by Lexi on Today at 11:40:57 AM »
Robert got your message and replied via PM. Now I know why Cadillacs were so expensive back in the '50s. It must have cost GM a fortune to install these sockets! Clay/Lexi
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Thank you for your interest and reply, Austin.  I have one other person who has already expressed interest as a result of this post, and I will get back to you if he does not wish to follow through.
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To discard those would be a sin. Great wood and metal pieces.   If you are going to throw them away, I'll pay for shipping to hold onto them.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by Lexi on Yesterday at 10:35:02 PM »
Yes it is there. I drove the pivot pin out to gain better access to the rear of the socket assembly. Looks like a rubber grommet/strain relief holds the unit's wiring in place, where it passes through the pot metal housing. Would have to cut that strain relief to remove and hope the wiring with original cloth sheathing pulls out from the front. Not sure how this would pull out through the back as you noted, unless you separate the wires from the socket and remove that insulator. Don't want to foul it up so perhaps I can learn from your experience and you can advise on how to extract this without ruining it! Clay
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by Lexi on Yesterday at 09:48:30 PM »
Thanks Lexi, that's might gracious of you. I would need the 2-wire socket that goes to the tail light. That 1-wire socket goes to the reverse light.

Bob you're right. I must be loosing my mind, wrong light. Will go back and see if the tail light socket is there. Clay
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by JAG56Cad on Yesterday at 08:51:34 PM »
Bob,

I rebuild several rear í56 sockets for both tail and backup lamps.

The original tail light insulators have a prong extending a bit to hold the insulator inside the socket (if I recall correctly, I may need to check the storage cabinets to make corrections on the items below).    ;)

I did use the pig tails insulator you posted from eBay one thing I found with them is; the spring is a bit long so you need to apply more down force to twist the bulb, since the insulator does not have the prong to hold it inside it will extend close to the edge of the socket.

But overall they do fit the socket, now you know the cable for those were the cloth type you would need to clip the old ones over.

I may have more details for you tomorrow after I get a chance to check the ones I have in storage.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by RobertM on Yesterday at 08:10:45 PM »
Thanks Lexi, that's might gracious of you. I would need the 2-wire socket that goes to the tail light. That 1-wire socket goes to the reverse light.
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