The original taillights, housing, and gaskets are obviously showing some wear, but are still in good enough shape to be used in the upgrade.
Once disassembled, the taillight housing, lenses, and gaskets were in need of a bit of clean up, but they were still good enough to reuse.
Here’s the LED taillight assembly once the update has been completed for our second-gen application. The only change in hardware required is swapping out the standard 5/8-inch machine screw for the short mounting plate with the supplied ½-inch machine screw for the larger mounting plate.
With the taillight housing removed from the car, Pete used a standard slotted screwdriver and carefully pried the taillight lens assemblies from the housing. Extra care is required here. Due to the age of the plastic housing, they can be brittle and brake easily.
The Dakota Digital LED taillight modules come set-up for the ’67-’69 Camaro using the short mounting plate. In order to adapt them to fit the ’70-’73 Camaro we switched over to the longer base plate using the provided hardware in the kit.
Using a Phillips-head screwdriver Pete removed the two 3/8-inch screws from the circular mounting base then fed the wiring through the opening where the original socket and bulb once were.
Next, we fed the wiring through the larger hole in the circular mounting plate making sure the raised portion of the mounting plate faced the taillight housing.
Next up, we guided the mounting plate to the bottom of the housing while also aligning the LED light assembly inside to ensure that it was centered over the original socket-bulb mounting hole. Using the two previously removed 3/8-inch machine screws, we secured the circular mounting plate to the housing.