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Question on wagon tail lamps
« on: December 10, 2014, 02:04:33 PM »
Hoping one of you gurus knows this one - I've learned a LOT during my restoration but this one has me stumped.

I always ASSUMED that the wagon tail lights for all years were exactly the same. However, looking at Ford documentation I am seeing parts that fit from 1972-1975, then changed from 1976 on. Curiously, I ordered "D2FZ" (1972-1975) NOS tail lamp lenses and they fit my 1976 BEZELS just fine.

WHAT ARE the differences? Does anyone know? Thank you.

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Re: Question on wagon tail lamps
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2014, 06:48:22 PM »
What I found to be the difference is the early ones are silver paint on inside of bezel w/ black in recessed area, later ones are black & black. early ones have a metal back plate, later ones plastic. I do believe lens are all the same.
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Re: Question on wagon tail lamps
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2014, 12:21:51 AM »
That's interesting (and good to know).  I have a '72 Squire wagon and was totally unaware of that!
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Re: Question on wagon tail lamps
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2014, 08:25:16 AM »
I prefer the metal ones the plastic get brittle and break!

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Re: Question on wagon tail lamps
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2014, 12:58:07 PM »
One other difference is the metal back plate sockets will not fit on plastic backs,made for thinner metal plates does not allow them to turn to lock w/out changing the gasket and so the sockets for the plastic backs are loose and need to be shimmed to be tight on metal backs.
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Re: Question on wagon tail lamps
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2014, 06:58:21 PM »
Thank you gentlemen! very helpful.

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