Detailed Fish tank and fog light Mod

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  1. bc1025

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    When I first heard of this my interest was high. What info I could find was limited and the SHOsource thread was gone. You old timers know a majority of this and how to, so this is for the junior members.
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    Instead of going to the salvage yard, I got what was needed from Auto Zone for about $15.00.
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    I bought new 3357 bulbs because mine were getting foggy. The socket is the 85802 for the 1157 bulb. I had to get the 2057's due to no 1157's in stock. Don't forget the bulb grease.
    The first step is a pain in the neck. You have three clips on each lamp that hold the assembly in place. *BE CAREFUL the clips are very easy to break. Get extras from the junk yard if you can.
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    The way I did the tops was with a flat head and gently wiggled them until the were loose enough to pull. They usually snap at the top by the slot. I was lucky, none broke, but I had extras I grabbed earlier from the J-Y.
    The lowers, I used an old coat hanger. At this point, gently wiggle the lamps until the black adj caps pull free/Straight forward and out.
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    Now that the lights are removed, I unscrewed the tanks to be modified. Easier to work on this way. Now is also a good time to restore/clean all the lenses if needed. I was lucky, mine are like new.
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    I used a 1 1/4 hole saw to drill out the opening. I picked a spot just above dead center and made the cut. My shop vac nozzle also fit so I could suck all the debris out
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    The tank housing is mirrored, which is a good thing.
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    These generic sockets have clips that will hold it in place in the lamp housing. At this point I used some Black silicone sealant to secure and help keep the socket in place.
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    As you can see, they fit in real nice
    *OPTION If you want a real bright light, solder a tab across both contact points on the bulb. It will be insanely bright. Then figure a way to ground it. I didn't. I used one wire for power and the other for ground.
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    Put the assembly back together and re-install on your SHO
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    Now is the time to determine how you will power the new lights. I have read that other members had all types of screwy issues. So this step is important. I got my 12v test light out and began to look for the parking light (only) wire, not the blinker. In the wire harness to the front P-light/blinker are three wires. I determined the middle or brown wire was the P-light. the green was the blinker. With a wire couple, I made the connection. * don't forget to run the new light wire into the coupler before you crimp the coupler! I grounded the other wire to an existing ground located on the frame above the radiator.
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    Now is the time to make sure everything works and causes no un-wanted changes such as blinking or interior light/dash light issues.
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    If all is good you are about done. The next step is the fog light mod with only P-lights on.
    The fog light mod is very simple and straight forward. The next two images are courtesy of our forum. I thank you in advance.
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    Cut the red wire and cap the end from the harness. Put the red wire from the switch and couple it to the blue/red wire. That's it. I hope this will be help for newer members wanting to do this mod. I think it turned out great and looks incredible at night.
    Regards, BC


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  2. SHOdded

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    nice addition to the knowledgebase, and looks good!
     
  3. boat

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    Nice write up. One can also use the corner lamp (smaller) socket and put in the fishtanks. I believe that was how the original mod was done. I just did mine on my 94 like last week, with the smaller 194NA bulbs, but I do like this one with the bigger bulb in it. :)

    Nice job :thumb:
     
  4. NickTheTrick

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    Where is the delete button?
     
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  5. EL SHO

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    This is a really nice write up!

    It got me thinking though if I could install some LED inside the fishtanks and run them like DRLs whenever I put the key in the On position.

    I'll make a trip to AutoZone and see if they have any LED strips that can stand 12v.
     
  6. RonPorter

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    Those clips are readily available at parts stores. I bought a box of 25 a few years back.
     
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    The junkyard clips you reference are called "Headlight Retainers" and are Dorman Part # 42190, and they are a universal Ford part for 1984 and newer.
     

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