After many requests for more information on how I modified my front parking lights to be turn signals, I have decided to write this brief tech article. Originally, the parking lights had a one-filament bulb utilized only for parking lights. When someone wanted to add turn signals, typically another set of lights were added on top of the fenders or new holes were cut in the grill. Don't cut or drill anywhere without reading on!!!! Most people don't consider just installing a two-filament bulb socket, and those of you that have, have come to realize that the socket is not long enough and the bulb seems too big. Here was my solution:
I welded a small home-made bracket to the socket to allow it to be installed about 1/4" behind the original opening. This also grounds the socket. With the bracket and socket moved back, it allows the larger bulb to fit, barely, inside the original light housing. Note the screw holding mounting the bracket. I had to use a Dremel to cut almost all the protruding threads inside the housing to prevent them from contact the bulb glass. I hope this clarifies the issue. Oh, and never mind the scratched paint! Also keep in mind that both signals are well hidden behind the grill, so no one will ever know.....