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    Though my baby is in hibernation for the winter I am here to finally show off my one-off custom "LT1" style taillights. The story is my tinted stockers were fading, delaminating and condensating. Infact I discovered the one light was actually filling up with water. I was having trouble finding a halfway decent set of stockers to tint over. I was thinking about just drying them out & resealing the lights, but looking for ways to fix the delamination first. Most just went with niteshading thier problems away which works to an extent, but when trying to hide moderate delamination you run the chance of making them too dark. The other option was going with one of the 3 spyder led taillight options which I've never fully been a fan of. After doing some research on delaminating taillights I came across a thread on ls1tech regarding the delamination issues with the early 4th gen (LT1) Firebird taillights and became inspired. It was there that I found Brent Franker's website & contact info who made a set of reverse overlays for the firebird taillights meaning the overlays go over the red parts of the lights while the rest gets sprayed over then the vinyls get pealed off. Initially I asked if he was willing to make overlays like that for our stock lights so I could attempt to repair mine. He was willing to do it if there was enough interest and if there was someone local or someone willing to ship him a set paying shipping both ways (my other taillight thread). Came to the realization that there wasn't much interest in this and shipping him my lights both ways was going to be alot of money. After some brain storming I gave in and bought a set of red spyder led taillights that I found fairly cheap. Figured I could carefully tape them off and make them have the lines like the stockers. I then wondered back over to the thread on ls1tech and got the idea to do something different. I always liked the design of the LT1 firebird taillights and since the vinyl was cheap enough to gamble on I ordered it from Brent. I made sure the lights worked before I went to work on them. Took some modifying to the vinyls, but the end result came out pretty sharp looking imo. Started the project back in May and finished about mid July. Probably would have been done sooner, but due to lack of spare time it took longer. Pictures don't do justice.


    I want to put a few thank yous out there;
    dubga on ls1tech for his thread that became my inspiration
    Brent Franker from b.frankerbadz28.com who made the taillight "reverse" vinyls
    warbeaver from here/clubgp for his awesome writeup on taillight tinting which I've used religously over the years (and never had a bad set come out)
    and of course flip from here/clubgp, the king of custom GP taillights who also served as my inspiration





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    Those look pretty baddass! Makes the Spyder lights something unique. Car look great btw. Wish my paint was in that good of shape, lol..
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    Thank you! Definitely something unique. I've gotten quite a few compliments on them.

    The pics are from after one of the guys I work with professionally detailed it. Looks great when its clean and your standing far enough away, but believe me there is no shortage of blemishes from over the years he could not get out. I actually have to get my gpo's, front bumper & spoiler repainted, but thats after I replace the steering rack that blew out just before I was ready to put it away for the winter.
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