When we wrote about our Project '66 in the Feb. '01 issue of Mustang Monthly, we discussed the pros and cons of repairing the rusty flanks of our project with patches, quarter skins, and full quarter-panels. Once our quarter-panels were replaced (along with the outer wheelhouses), all that was left in our once large pile of new sheetmetal parts were cowl patches and the taillight panel. We replaced the cowl patches in the Mar. '01 issue, and now in this issue we will finalize our metal repairs with the replacement of the taillight panel.
Since we've tied our taillight panel replacement into our quarter-panel replacement, you do not need to replace one panel in order to replace the other. If your taillight panel is damaged but your quarter-panels are in good shape, you can still replace only the taillight panel. Replacing the panel requires some basic welding and body skills but is actually a rather easy part of the Mustang body to replace.
As always, inspect your Mustang thoroughly to determine if you need other metal pieces in the surrounding areas. Trunk corner fillers, the rear crossmember, or the rear valance panel are all neighboring items you should inspect closely before picking up the phone and ordering your sheetmetal. Speaking of ordering, we picked up our taillight panel directly from KS Reproduction. You can call KSR toll-free (see the source box at the end of this article) to locate the KSR dealer closest to you.