Cab light lens gaskets...

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Cab light lens gaskets...

Postby Ranchero50 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:07 pm

Started this thread as a companion to by '70 F-350 resto. No one makes this gasket even though the original design is still in production at NAPA.

Yesterday I popped another cab bulb so this evening my oldest and I went on a mission to find foam for new gaskets. I've been searching for a couple weeks without success. So after stopping back out at Autozone for bulbs at $6 a pair we rode over to Hobby Lobby and found some Silly Winks foam sheet. And just like little kids we started making up sentences with Silly Winks in it, good times.

For $2.40 we got a sheet of 5mm black and a sheet of 3mm white. The original gray gasket was 3.5mm thick. No gray in the thicker stuff so we decided to go with white as it should reflect the light better if it would stay below the silver body and black if the gasket was going to be visible.

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A new utility knife blade made really quick work of the gaskets. I ended up just using a spare lens and cut about 1/16" wider than the lens. For the inside slot I just punched two 1/2" hole and cut a slot between them. Simple but effective.

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It took about 15 minutes to make and install the new gaskets, time well spent.
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Re: Cab light lens gaskets...

Postby 72BahamaBlue » Thu May 01, 2014 12:06 am

Nice repair, looks great.
Good to know about the gasket material, I'll get some for the archives. Good to have a sheet or two.

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Postby sargentrs » Thu May 01, 2014 9:16 am

Thanks for the tip, Jamie!
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Postby Mancar1 » Fri May 02, 2014 3:08 pm

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Re: Cab light lens gaskets...

Postby Ranchero50 » Fri May 02, 2014 4:52 pm

Ya know, I just can't believe that no one makes this gasket. I asked the folks at DC and they said they had never been asked about cab lamp gaskets...

They do work well, no condensation in the domes today after getting drowned the last couple days. I do need to trim up one or two and will take some daylight pics when I'm off again.
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