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M38a1 Taillight Measurement Request

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by kenb, Sep 1, 2022.

  1. Sep 1, 2022
    kenb

    kenb Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult

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    Hello,
    I'm working on a M38A1 that had a replacement rear panel at some point. The taillights were installed in a non stock fashion and I need to restore them. My plan is to cut the 5" diameter holes and fabricate support brackets. Can someone please tell me how far the taillights are supposed to protrude from the rear of the tub? Put another way, I need to know how deep to make the support brackets.
    Thanks,
    Ken
     
  2. Sep 7, 2022
    Keys5a

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    If I remember tomorrow, I can measure the depth of the mounting bracket on my A-1 tub.
    -Donny
     
  3. Sep 8, 2022
    Keys5a

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    I finally remembered to run over and measure my A-1 tub. The mounting surface for the tail light is 2 1/2” recessed from the outer body surface.
    MidWest Military (Prior Lake, MN) sells accurate reproduction mounting brackets for $14 each, or there are some MD Juan repops that would get the job done for $10 on eBay.
    The hole for the light is about 1/8” smaller than 5” (4 7/8”) if you’re going for accuracy. I did take a photo of mine if you need the correct placement. I’d need an eMail or number to message to. -Donny
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2022
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