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Condensation wicks in tail light housing
« on: August 24, 2014, 07:21:01 PM »
While at the Camaro Club of Kansas City show yesterday, I came across a beautifully restored 67 with the Mod package. Looking it over I noticed something that looked like a filter type material in each of the holes in the tail light housing. I was told that they acted as a condensation wick, and they were also on Impalas. Never seen them before until yesterday. Sorry I didn't get a picture.

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Re: Condensation wicks in tail light housing
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2014, 09:36:19 PM »
Hmmmm... I've never heard of them.
I assume that they are supposed to prevent moisture buildup inside the taillights.
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Re: Condensation wicks in tail light housing
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2014, 10:22:29 PM »
I had never heard of them either.  ???  Like I said, wish I would have got a picture. I will be paying more attention to trunk area, and be sure and get a picture next time.

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Re: Condensation wicks in tail light housing
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2014, 10:24:20 PM »
They are on 67 & 8 tail light housings.  Because the metal back housings that cause  moisture.  Pretty sure 69's do not have them.  



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Re: Condensation wicks in tail light housing
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2014, 10:28:38 PM »
Heres a 68 with the wick missing.  I would guess most either dry rotted or were broken off.

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Re: Condensation wicks in tail light housing
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2014, 11:01:12 PM »
Thanks for the pictures Darrell.   :)

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Re: Condensation wicks in tail light housing
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2014, 03:35:25 AM »
Both my 67's have them. On the one I restored I replaced a missing one using a cigarette filter (I think from a Marlboro). It worked and looks excellent.

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Re: Condensation wicks in tail light housing
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2014, 01:07:21 PM »
Mine both have the "wicks" and some ink stamping on the galvanized sheet metal. Cool stuff, details count.


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Re: Condensation wicks in tail light housing
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2014, 02:40:15 PM »
'63-'67 Corvettes also used the "wicks" in the bottom of the taillight lenses, with die-cast housings.
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Re: Condensation wicks in tail light housing
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2014, 04:22:11 PM »
Good info.   Anyone know where you can purchase these? ......or are most of you making these from scratch.

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Re: Condensation wicks in tail light housing
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2014, 03:37:15 PM »
Good info.   Anyone know where you can purchase these? ......or are most of you making these from scratch.

Paragon has them - $5.00 for (4) wicks.
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Re: Condensation wicks in tail light housing
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2014, 11:18:16 PM »
Nice detail shot of original paint and the black tail pan light overspray in the trunk jamb....

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Re: Condensation wicks in tail light housing
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2014, 11:44:05 PM »
James,

   What do I see what looks like a two tone green line on the other side of the trunk seal?
I would think that would be black too.

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Re: Condensation wicks in tail light housing
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2014, 01:43:47 AM »
James,

   What do I see what looks like a two tone green line on the other side of the trunk seal?
I would think that would be black too.

Mike

Huh??  I can assure you there is NO 2 tone green line..  That is a light hit of black over the green..
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Re: Condensation wicks in tail light housing
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2014, 02:11:01 AM »
Hi Darrell,
 
    I thought that shot was from James. I can see how the covering looks like dark green now that you said it was a light coating of black.
Looks like the sprayer didn't lean into the trunk for coverage on the other side. Makes sense given the mass production quality of that time.
I studied the photo closer and see what looks like a heavier coat of black paint on the top edge only behind the weather strip?
That gives me a mental image of how the sprayer stood with the gun.

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