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Also posted on SDC forum! I have located a NOS set of front park light housings for my 1981 Avanti II. They didn’t come with the light sockets. I have currently come up with two choices for the socket installation. 1st option= I have located a socket with 3 leads which I would drill out the hole in the housing, so I could install the socket from the inside. This would have to be done due to the location of the socket flange. 2nd option=I have located a socket with2 leads which I would need to solder a ground wire to the socket housing and install from the rear side. This is because the socket flange is located at the bottom of the socket and allows to protrude into the inside of the NOS housing for bulb insertion. I am seeking advise from those in the SDC forum that have experience with the Avanti II sockets and recommendations on how I should proceed. Thanks for your input!

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To me, the three wire one looks like it is made for installation from the back.  The three wire one looks best, EXCEPT that it is meant to snap through thin sheet metal and would not stay in your housing with the long wall on the opening.

How about removing, reconditioning and reusing your existing socket?

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studegary and arkus, I appreciate the comments. I don’t think that the old sockets can be removed from the original housings without damage. At this point I’m leaning toward using the 2 lead socket and soldering a white ground wire to the casing and using JB Weld or similar to fasten the socket to the housing. I’m also considering drilling and tapping the housing and using a set screw to attach the socket to it. I’m trying to do it like original if possible. All input is appreciated!

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