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    Ashtray Polisher donat's Avatar
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    How does one successfully remove the tail-lights from a sedan? I thought it might be as simple as the wagon and it isn't.

    I can't make head nor tail of it.

    I was wanting to get the hobby paint out and orange up the right parts...

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    They simply clip in, with the spring clip at the top and two lugs at the bottom. Remove the socket and the lamp holder (depress the plastic clip in the middle) and you should have no trouble releasing the spring clip at the top.

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    And this applies to Seima and Cibie tail-lights?

    These odds and ends get so brittle, I just thought I'd ask first before I accidentally break something and start swearing at the car.
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    I think the body aperture is the same right through. There are a couple of different lamp manufacturers and even lamp holder designs, but I think they all fit the same way. Look for the metal spring clip at the top of the lamp assembly, depress and push the top of the lamp outwards.

    I do have a few spares if you are unlucky enough to break one and get really stuck for a spare. Also some headlamps (bottom mounting) and glasses. There are Cibie and Marchal versions of the glass, but I think the main reflectors are all the same and shared with a number of cars. the Jaguar XJ-S has the same reflector bucket as a CX, but the front and glass are obviously different. That might be a useful thing to know some day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David S View Post
    I think the body aperture is the same right through. There are a couple of different lamp manufacturers and even lamp holder designs, but I think they all fit the same way. Look for the metal spring clip at the top of the lamp assembly, depress and push the top of the lamp outwards.

    I do have a few spares if you are unlucky enough to break one and get really stuck for a spare. Also some headlamps (bottom mounting) and glasses. There are Cibie and Marchal versions of the glass, but I think the main reflectors are all the same and shared with a number of cars. the Jaguar XJ-S has the same reflector bucket as a CX, but the front and glass are obviously different. That might be a useful thing to know some day!
    Doesn't the XJ-S have the same external mirrors as one of the CX models?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Doesn't the XJ-S have the same external mirrors as one of the CX models?
    Not as far a I am aware, although the guts of the early electric mirrors could be shared with some of the CX chrome mirrors ... and don't start thinking of junking Jags to keep your CX going!

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    Thanks David, I'll give it a whirl and hopefully I'll get it right. At least I have the paint (that's a start)!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Doesn't the XJ-S have the same external mirrors as one of the CX models?
    Series 2 CX's later went to share their mirrors with Jag XJ220, TVR Cimera (sp) and a few other exotic cars...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Doesn't the XJ-S have the same external mirrors as one of the CX models?
    The early series 1 CX silver external mirrors are the same as early BMW 5 series.
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    Thanks David. I guess I didn't reach high up enough to press the clip to pull it down.

    All good, thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donat View Post
    And this applies to Seima and Cibie tail-lights?

    These odds and ends get so brittle, I just thought I'd ask first before I accidentally break something and start swearing at the car.

    Most of the plastics used in CXs 504s etc. use lanolin as a plasticiser. General Purpose lanotec spray from repco... spray it on and leave it for a week or so. The plastic will rejuvinate sufficiently for gentle handling. Works on 504 dash tops (a bit greasy, but that can be cleaned off with windex etc) various plastic clips, including the one for the bonnet stay on 505s.

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