My trunk light was broken when I bought my car. The bulb wouldn't stay on the socket and the plastic lens fit very loosely. I got a replacement but was still not happy with it.
While I was at a local Pick n Pull I noticed some of the lights in the late 80s model S10 Blazers and some mini vans. I picked up a couple and decided I liked this style because of the quality switch and I thought the colors look good in the trunk.
The light I chose is somewhat bigger than the old one and I needed to enlarge the original opening to accept it.
The first step is measure your new light fixture as precisely as you can and then make a cardboard template. Also check the depth to make sure it will fit in the channel in the trunk where the light goes. Next, it is helpful to tape off the area around the surgery site. Then very carefully trace the template on the tape and cut your opening. I used a Dremel Tool with a cut-off wheel. Hopefully this picture is clear enough to understand because my camera ate a few of the pictures of the prep.
Trim a little smaller than your template to give yourself some room for error. Your opening should look like this when the tape is removed.
Now replace your carpet and trim to the new opening size. Again leave just a little extra for error.
Luckily enough the wiring for the new light matched the old one. Orange for 12v power and white with a black stripe for ground. I used the new lights connector and spliced it to the old wiring.
Now I can turn the light off if I don't want it on when the trunk is open. If I accidently leave it on the trunk switch will turn off and keep it from running the battery down.
[This message has been edited by 1MohrFiero (edited 01-02-2017).]
1MohrFiero, I had a sale on this idea about 2 years ago and it was a sell out. The newer style you have takes a little more work to install but there are plenty of them in the yards. Glad another Fiero guy is looking outside of the box for improvements.
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Originally posted by cvxjet: The thing that always frustrated me was that the light shines right in your eyes- basically blinding you.....They really should have put it on the rear wall of the trunk- and with a switch.
That being said, this is a very nice modification....I may do this.....
Nice mod but same here. Location is a big problem. Light is buried under stuff or is blinding you. Have no clue what GM was thinking to sign off on this option.
White LED strips mounted just under the trunk seal on latch side could be better. If careful mounted won't blind you and light whole trunk. Likely need only 2-4 3 LED Sections, not light the whole width for truck.
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I use the LED replacement bulb and it give far more light, uses far less power and should last 4x as long. Quite frankly the only time that I shut the trunk light off is at car shows or when working on the engine. I just use a 1" L bolt on the latch to turn the switch off. Why should I want the trunk light out otherwise?
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went to the bone yard today and found a light. it came from a 96 blazer.,rear dome light with switch.i like this mod look. thanks for the post. it will be spring before I do the work. it is only 14 degrees out. I must have went through 24 blazers looking for this light. 23 had light with no switch. then I found one. Thanks ... p.s. I have an 88gt red.,beechwood, 5 speed.