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Post Post subject: Later model Bug tail lights
Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 08:32 PM
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I'm having a bit of trouble getting the tail lights to work properly on my '76 bug. The headlights are always on and my brake lights and turn signals work but I don't seem to have any tail lights. There is no light switch that I can find.

Anyone have a guess where the light switch might be?

If all else fails, I'll just rewire them into a toggle switch.

I am also looking to identify the year of the tail lights so I can order some new lenses. The bug is a '76 but I think these may have come from an earlier model. I know my front turn signals came from an older bug.

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The switch should be on the dash. If not its hard to say whats been done to it. The lights you have are either from a 68-69 or 70-72. They look the same but the 70-72 lenses are a little bigger. Im sure if you measure them and then call the boys at Chirco they can probably help. If there is a part number on the lens they can probably go by that too.


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Post Post subject: Re: Later model Bug tail lights
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The switch should be on the dash. If not its hard to say whats been done to it. The lights you have are either from a 68-69 or 70-72. They look the same but the 70-72 lenses are a little bigger. Im sure if you measure them and then call the boys at Chirco they can probably help. If there is a part number on the lens they can probably go by that too.

I'm pretty sure its 68-70 are alike and 71-72 are. Judging from the picture yours look to be 68-70's. The 71-72's are a little rounder at the top.

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You are correct, it is 68-70 and 71-72. Here is a link to what chirco has.

www.chircoestore.com/c...c&x=14&y=3


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Post Post subject: Re: Later model Bug tail lights
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Thanks much. I think I'll go ahead and order complete new assemblies. The section that folds the bulbs is looking pretty cruddy.

There is a switch on the dash that a PO has replaced with a toggle but it doesn't seem to have any function. Looks like it's time to drag out the meter and trace some wiring. It's strange but I couldn't find any mention of a light switch in the manual. Time to go exploring.


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