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Old 06/02/2005, 08:54 AM   #1
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Taillight Grommet Question

There is a "donut" grommet that fits on each inside corner of the taillight panel (inside the trunk). The ('65 T-Bird) pigtail from the lights goes through this grommet.

Does anyone know what that grommet is used for--or where it is from? Is it a firewall grommet for the gas pedal? Or is a carryover item from a T-Bird?

Has anyone thought about what this is--or the part number?

I've used this as something unique to the car for (part of) it's authenticity as a GT/CS.

Thanks--Paul N.
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Old 06/03/2005, 09:02 AM   #2
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Re:Taillight Grommet Question

Wow Paul, that's quite a challenge. Here's what I could find out. I have a May '75 edition of the '65-72 Ford Master Parts List. They show the grommet in an illustration of a '68 CS, but I couldn't find it in the T-Bird illustration. The main number is 14616 but when I went to the description pages to find the rest (i.e. C8zz-14616-?) it didn't show up, which means by May of '75 it had already been dropped. You'll have to find an earlier version of the catalog to get the whole number. Maybe someone here has it and can look it up. So- what do I win?
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Old 06/04/2005, 09:51 PM   #3
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Re:Taillight Grommet Question

But of course, you get...uh..a Donut! TAA-DAA!!
<<passing to you>> 0 !!Gee-Thanks!!

Interesting.....this needs more research. It's probably some obscure grommet from a '62 Falcon, Montego or Cougar or something...

It's one more thing that I use for authenticity. Clones don't have them.

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Old 06/06/2005, 10:07 AM   #4
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Re:Taillight Grommet Question

I am missing the taillight grommets on my car and was wondering if anyone knows of a suitable replacement. They defiantly were installed at one time because I have a dust outline that is still visible.

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Old 06/07/2005, 09:35 AM   #5
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Re:Taillight Grommet Question

[quote author=PNewitt link=board=1;threadid=1750;start=0#msg11229 date=1117947062]
But of course, you get...uh..a Donut! TAA-DAA!!
<<passing to you>> 0 !!Gee-Thanks!!

Paul N. 8)
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Cool! I've been out of town for 4 days entertaining my grandson and just got back. I'm missing one of my "donuts" so winning one saves me a lot of time tracking one down. You're the greatest Paul! ;D ;D

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Old 06/07/2005, 01:11 PM   #6
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Re:Taillight Grommet Question

here's a scan of the GT/CS rear from the '75 MPC. I also have the '68 MPC, but it's last revision was Aug '68 and it's too early for any GT/CS stuff. It does show a listing for "14616" but it's not the grommet for the GT/CS.
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Old 06/07/2005, 01:18 PM   #7
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Re:Taillight Grommet Question

here's the 14616 listing, probably not for the GT/CS, but worth looking into
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Old 06/07/2005, 01:21 PM   #8
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Re:Taillight Grommet Question

I did a google search for "14616-Grommet", and this came up:
http://www.vintagesupplies.com/part.phtml?PartID=1992

My guess (for now) is that it's a round floor panel grommet. The English site (Ford parts) says that it's 40mm in diameter--which is close to what we have. Notice that the diagram says to look in the chassis section in the Ford parts book??

Maybe someone could do a comparison to their taillight grommet--and a '68 floor pan grommet?? We'd sure appreciate whomever goes to the trouble to look for this (and photograph them side-by-side for us?).

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Old 06/07/2005, 01:21 PM   #9
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Re:Taillight Grommet Question

last one, 68 GT 350 & 500 taillight breadown
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Old 06/07/2005, 01:24 PM   #10
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Hmmm....interesting. Thanks for looking this up for us!

The "A" designation is big car Ford, and it's versions--station wagon, convertible, etc...

We ought to get this figured out very soon.

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Old 07/13/2005, 02:22 PM   #11
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Re:Taillight Grommet Question

haven't found a source for a grommet yet. I did take mine out and cleaned it to see if there are any part numbers on it. All I can find are letters "NE" . here are a couple of pics
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Old 07/13/2005, 02:22 PM   #12
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Old 07/13/2005, 02:23 PM   #13
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Old 07/13/2005, 03:29 PM   #14
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Re:Taillight Grommet Question

Paul,
doing the conversion, the site you found with the grommets in England,
40mm = 1.57in
55mm = 2.16in

If you look at the pictures provided by C160223, the overall width is 1.5in so it is smaller than the one in England.

I guess we keep on looking.

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Old 07/19/2005, 09:49 AM   #15
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Re:Taillight Grommet Question

Hey John P, cool pics! Thanks for going to all the trouble to clean one up and photograph it! BTW--nice website and nice CS, too!

I'm thinking that this is a T-Bird part, or some sort of floorpan grommet. Are there any '62-68 T-Bird experts out there that would know about this?

Thanks again--(and thanks, too, Doug!)

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