View Full Version : REDHEAD Gets New Tail Light Treatment!

Charles Linsenbarth
01-21-2012, 10:12 AM
After reading no one really liked the Econoline lamps, I settled on the HHR lamps.
So I bought a damaged left and right quarter panels from an HHR Chevrolet total cost $120.00 with tail lamp assy's.
The picture showing the backup lamp upside down is how the quarter section will go in and I'll just switch out the lamps to have the stop lamp on top.. So left is right and right is left, if that makes any sense. Notice how nice the bracket is that holds the taillamp to the quarters.
Glad we had the little talk about the Econoline lamps this will make a whole lot better project.
PS--I'll up date as work moves on. That's Kevin my friend in the picture.





01-21-2012, 01:07 PM
Those should look great, can't wait to see them installed.

01-21-2012, 08:01 PM
Going to be a big improvement. I really like the wheel and tire combo, can I ask what size they are?

Charles Linsenbarth
01-21-2012, 08:10 PM
Wheels 17 X 7 and 17 X 9.5
Tires P235/ 50/ 17 and P295/ 50/ 17

Charles Linsenbarth
01-21-2012, 09:10 PM
Test fitting the HHR quarter section.
Tail lamp cut out.
Left half of quarter grafted in.
Over all look with tail lamps installed.
Now we will cut this right down the middle and cut a right half and graft it to this left half to bring the lamps flush with the rear or level when looking at them from the rear and to aim bulbs.
Lots of fun had a great afternoon working on the Readhead.
Should have this left quarter done tomorrow and will repost some shots this is just a ruff in so I could get some idea of where to go. Let's hear what you think.
PS found out I need two more quarter sections. Ha!




01-21-2012, 09:46 PM
I did'nt think HHR lites would work, but I think it will look great. I like using Chevy parts on Chevy vans. Hmmmm, I have an HHR and an early, maybe I could just switch 'em.

01-21-2012, 09:47 PM
no goin' back now!
looks good!

01-21-2012, 10:05 PM
Looks really good, can't wait to see the other one on.

01-22-2012, 06:39 AM
Going to be a big improvement. I really like the wheel and tire combo, can I ask what size they are?

Looks good, thanks for the info!

01-22-2012, 07:47 AM
Amazing what you can do with an open mind and a mig machine.......
Cut a couple strips if light sheet metal to "back" those large gaps you have there.


01-22-2012, 10:00 AM
Charles, thanks for the picture of the back of the lights, now I can see how the bulbs are installed. I've had to change a couple of bulbs in the HHR and it's hard to get your hand in the small opening provided and twist the mounting to get it out and back in. Sure will help now that I know what to expect when sticking my hand in there.

Charles Linsenbarth
01-22-2012, 10:17 AM
Will do Wookee, going to the shop this morning to cut the second half of the quarter section in and finish up this left side. It defintitely is different from the norm, but it wouldn't be mine if it wasn't.

Charles Linsenbarth
01-22-2012, 10:23 AM
LVJJJ, your right even sitting on a table the pig tail is a pain to unplug, going to make the opening a little bigger.
I was thinking about that yesterday.

01-22-2012, 10:37 AM
Funny thing....after first reading this post, I was going to mention a HHR light setup for you! Glad you went this route, as it surely is unique and looks just great! IMHO :)

Charles Linsenbarth
01-22-2012, 11:05 PM
Well after 12 hrs of work and $120.00 in parts I'm scrapping the HHR lamps.
Finished grafting it out this evening and from the rear it looks great but from the side it looks like a Dodge A100 Van and I just didn't like the look so, I'll graft back in a stock lamp housing and think of some thing else.
Sorry Guys! I really should have thought about the side view more.

01-23-2012, 12:59 AM
I've been looking hard at these.
Don't know what it would take to do it ,but it'd get rid of the lumps and bumps.

01-23-2012, 02:13 AM
I agree Charley. But before you scrap them, what about reversing the buckets. Instead of sticking out, make them concave, recessed. Flip them inside out, or to be correct, outside in.

01-23-2012, 05:20 AM
Some times that's the way it goes with "custom" work.
you do have a decent dual set up and all ready have holes cut into the van.You could try frenching those tail lights.
I can't tell what there O.D. of those lights are is from the picture.It will take a little more fab work but they might look better recessed than sticking out.
Exhaust pipe comes in multiple ID's


01-23-2012, 12:31 PM
How about wrapping them a little more around the outside of the van and maybe cutting a little more out of them so they don't stick out too far?