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Username Post: 1968 el Camino - new dome light doesn’t fit!        (Topic#368702)
1965caprice 
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06-14-22 03:23 PM - Post#2842920    

Hello CT,

I replaced the headliner in my 68 el Camino and left the screws in the roof. Already pulled them through the new headliner. The issue I’m having is the replacement dome light fixture (from OPGI) doesn’t line up with existing screws. I’m baffled as all the replacements online look the same.

-My old one was mounted with the same factory screw locations. But it completely broke during removal and I have sense trashed it way before installing this one.

Does anyone have or can take picture of their dome light without the lens?

I can not find any other dome light for a 1968 el Camino online.

Thank you for your help


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Tony1963 
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06-17-22 05:41 AM - Post#2843016    
    In response to 1965caprice

Since the screws do not line up, I'm assuming that the dome light assembly is from another vehicle model. It might physically fit, but not in the same mounting holes.

Your lens broke from the original - but did the base break as well?

I would imagine that this is the same assembly as the Chevelle. Maybe you have an Impala part?

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Edited by Tony1963 on 06-17-22 05:41 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
1965caprice 
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06-20-22 07:06 PM - Post#2843163    
    In response to Tony1963

Yea it’s listed for 1968 Chevelle el Camino. I’ll post a video of it tomorrow. My actual old base broke into pieces, the old lens and new lens are the same… it’s the same base and lens I have on hand when you search Chevelle/ el Camino on any website.

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Tony1963 
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07-04-22 01:02 PM - Post#2843837    
    In response to 1965caprice

I would return the item and/or dispute the charge on my credit card as CLEARLY the item does not fit.

Typical BS on parts of this era. Sell 100 and most people will make it work because what other choice do you have?

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SSuper Dave 
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07-09-22 07:14 PM - Post#2844103    
    In response to Tony1963

El Camino and Chevelle dome hights are not the same. AFAIK, the '68-'72 Elky use the same lens, its long and narrow as compared to the almost square Chevelle part. I've replace half and dozen Elky ones from various vendors, and all lined up, but sure why yours won't unless it is a Chevelle part.

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1965caprice 
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07-12-22 06:02 AM - Post#2844217    
    In response to SSuper Dave

Yea that’s going to be my best guess , the one I have is a long rectangle one. I’ll hunt around online for a replacement. Does anyone have a photos of theirs installed ? Maybe without the lens ?

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07-15-22 04:22 AM - Post#2844396    
    In response to SSuper Dave

El Camino shares a lot of body parts from the Chevelle station wagon body on which it is built. Maybe check on those models. Its really a station wagon morphed into a pickup!

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