1978 Tail Lights and or Gaskets

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1978 Tail Lights and or Gaskets

Post by bcudda » Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:06 am

Has anyone found a source for aftermarket tail lights for the 78 era cherokees? My lenses are ok and the housings aren't bad but would replace it good looking aftermarket units were available. If nothing else I need the gaskets because mine are nonexistent. I guess I can try to cut some from gasket material but that dosen't seem thick enough?


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Re: 1978 Tail Lights and or Gaskets

Post by tgreese » Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:47 pm

Seems unlikely that these will ever be reproduced. Jeep production was not that high, so demand will always be low. And like utility vehicles generally, they aren't super-valuable - not like the tri-five Chevys and such.

There are Jeep junkyards - Jake's in NC (though they are winding down), Montana Overland, others. Or try a WTB ad here and on other Jeep forums.
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Re: 1978 Tail Lights and or Gaskets

Post by bcudda » Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:09 pm

Yea, that's about what I figured. Do you know what the old gaskets were made from? The felpro roll stuff is not thick enough I'm gonna try some thick farm or skidder tire innertube next and see how that fits and looks. As to the lights and lenses maybe I'll have to get the old 3d printer fired up may be a marketing opportunity there :-)

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Re: 1978 Tail Lights and or Gaskets

Post by tgreese » Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:29 pm

You could check McMaster-Carr or other industrial supply places for a more suitable gasket material. https://www.mcmaster.com/gaskets

You might also look around for NOS, if it exists. The housing is 812 4340, the lens is 812 2679, the lens gasket is 812 4342, and the body gasket is 812 4343.

Good luck with your 3D printing enterprise! :-bd
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Maine beekeeper's truck: '77 J10 LWB, 258/T15/D20/3.54 bone stock, low options (delete radio), PS/PDB, hubcaps.
Browless and proud: '82 J20 360/T18/NP208/3.73, Destination A/Ts, 7600 GVWR
Copper Polly: '75 CJ-6, 304/T15, PS, BFG KM2s, soft top
GTI without the badges: '95 VW Golf Sport 2000cc 2D
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Re: 1978 Tail Lights and or Gaskets

Post by mx71 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:26 pm

I made gaskets for my 79 tail lights out of this:

https://smile.amazon.com/3M-Temflex-Rub ... way&sr=8-3


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Re: 1978 Tail Lights and or Gaskets

Post by letank » Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:12 am

I used foam bought a Jo-Ann fabrics to redo the rear light for the newer style gasket, easy to cut, the right thickness as well.

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the rear light on the corner light are a bit trickier because of the corners...
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Re: 1978 Tail Lights and or Gaskets

Post by bcudda » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:31 pm

Oh never thought about a fabric store and foam. Will definitely give that a try.

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