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Old 05/20/2009, 04:23 AM   #1
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Hello out there.

I am restoring my tailights (ground problems) and when I removed the tailight assembly I noticed that there is a ground wire attached to the connector but it was not attached to anything.

As you know the valance is fibre glass. Where is this ground wire on both sides supposed to be connected to?

Do I just screw it with the screw that is closest to the connector through the fibreglass into the housing of the tailights? Will this give me a proper ground that I need.

Maybe this is the reason my tailights are dim.

I am sorry if my explanation is confusing I can't really explain it any better.

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Old 05/20/2009, 01:20 PM   #2
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To my knowledge the ground wire comes from each taillight assembly and is part of the wire harness as it exits the passenger side of the taillight panel into the trunk area. The ground wire feeds along just under the lip of the trunk opening from the passenger side to the center brace that holds the gas cap opening and trunk lock. It drops down the right side (passenger) about 2 to 3 inches and a screw attaches the wire to this brace. If I remember correctly this screw also has the license plate light ground also.

These cars are famous grounding problems to the taillights as they are mounted in fiberglass. I went a step further in my restoration. I installed all new light sockets, but I also soldered a wire directly to the outside of each new sock and ran it in the harness to the same ground. This enhances the ability of each socket to have a good ground. And it can be done without altering the stock harness if you are purist. Once assembled you cannot see it.

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Old 05/20/2009, 07:55 PM   #4
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No kidding! That ground is suppose to ground the sockets. Pot metal depending on a good contact bertween it and the socket. Now I REALLY remember why I grounded each socket!

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Old 05/20/2009, 08:43 PM   #5
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Duker,
To my knowledge the ground wire comes from each taillight assembly and is part of the wire harness as it exits the passenger side of the taillight panel into the trunk area. The ground wire feeds along just under the lip of the trunk opening from the passenger side to the center brace that holds the gas cap opening and trunk lock. It drops down the right side (passenger) about 2 to 3 inches and a screw attaches the wire to this brace. If I remember correctly this screw also has the license plate light ground also.

These cars are famous grounding problems to the taillights as they are mounted in fiberglass. I went a step further in my restoration. I installed all new light sockets, but I also soldered a wire directly to the outside of each new sock and ran it in the harness to the same ground. This enhances the ability of each socket to have a good ground. And it can be done without altering the stock harness if you are purist. Once assembled you cannot see it.

Rob
Rob, I did the exact same thing. Good ground to each socket and I have evenly lit taillights that are bright.

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Old 05/22/2009, 09:02 AM   #6
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Thank you all.

The picture was great and I have a little more work grounding each socket

Thankyou

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