Groan, this turned into a project in it's own right!
For those that missed our previous installments, you can find them here:
The particular problem that had me stalled was the length of the LED H-3 halogen bulb replacement I bought:
It's bit too long, resulting in it hitting the internal light shield inside the reflector/lens, and not seating in the housing:
The "replacement-replacement" bulb is the black one in the opening photo, and it snuggles down just like it's supposed to, and allows the little wire bail latch to close:
Then connect up the wires:
Slide the weather boot back into position:
Slide the reflector/lens with the wiring attached into the bucket, and insert the parking lamp bulb into place:
Mate the pieces fully together, and get the bezel ready:
Then screw the bezel on with some new stainless-steel button-head cap screws so they never rust again:
And place it on the shelf next to it's mate:
And one of the other tasks that was staring me in the face was cleaning up/refurbishing the turn signal/side marker lamps. Since a large portion of these face directly forward, they get hit with all kinds of FOD, and were pitted from it. I used Novus Plastic Polish, which is about as good as you can get, provided you follow the directions!
I spent several hours on each lamp assembly, slowly cleaning the road film and pits off of it, and then polishing it. After the initial cleaning, I started with Novus #3, the most aggressive, and polished the daylights out of it. Then I went to Novus #2, almost a finishing polish, and then ended with Novus #1, a glaze and sealant.
I was stunned at how the color returned, and they took on a deep luster. Most of the pitting on the front surface is now gone, and the sides, which were just weathered a bit, look stunning. Even my wife remarked at how they "looked new".
And of course I scrubbed and restored the backsides as well, cleaning all the wiring, and replacing the incandescent bulbs with LED units:
So as my beloved Heathkit would say...."This completes the assembly of these two units.".
And now it's time to get back to this: