Here's the finished tail light installation, and a coat of primer applied. I plan on painting the Willys a very dark burgundy color, so these lights will almost disappear into the bodywork, blending in and not seen until the lights are turned on.
Also seen in the third picture is an LED third brake light I had installed directly under the rear windows.
These three pictures are construction photos by Posies. The body is cut out in the shape of the lens based upon a template supplied by Lambert. The lens is glued to the body from the inside, along with the prism material. Body filler is added as needed to the outside, and the entire lens is sanded down to match the body. Later on, the lens will be masked off and the body painted. The "lip" between the paint and the lens will be leveled out by successive coats of clear and sanded out for a seamless, flat appearance.
I wanted to go with something different for the tail lights. The stock Willys lights are rather small. I wanted something that could also be easily seen, so my thoughts were for some LED lights.
I had seen ads for a company called Lambert Enterprises in Tennessee. They make a whole assortment of LED lights to choose from, and also will make up custom units. I met up with them at Louisville, and we talked about a set of custom lights. My idea was to use the Willys "WO" logo as a light. Lambert told me what they needed in the form of artwork, and after a few different trials, I came up with the design.
Lambert fabricated these custom LED lights for me that are a flush mount design. Amazing workmanship.
At first, I was going to tackle this job myself. The instructions that Lambert included with their lights were clear and concise, but after careful consideration, I decided to have these installed by Posies.
The is what Lambert provided: The LED "card", all wired up, the red lens that gets flush mounted to the body, and a diffuser panel mounted between the LED's and the lens.
Another thing I had done was to open up the rear fenders. Most Willys that I seen have the stock openings which in my opinion just don't look right. Usually the fender lip completely hides the top of the tire, and is just about even with the top of the wheel. A radius line was made on the fender with the center of the radius being the centerline of the tire/wheel/axle. Now it all looks concentric. Much better.
There's also plenty of room between the outside edge of the tire and the inside fender lip. Great job done by Posies, and definitely beyond my bodyworking skills.