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I do have another bulb number for the tail lights #1156 but I have also found that the #2057 is a very tight fit and if the plastic tail light socket might have melted slightly causing the bulb to be scary to get out.  Not sure about the size of #1156 or if I have ever used it just have that number written in my service manual.

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When the cars were new, 1157 tail/stop lamp bulbs were used across the board on cars and trucks, they have a brass body.

The 2057 with a stainless steel body is an upgrade of the 1157 bulb. It is said that the 1157 is brighter while the 2057 is slightly dimmer but has a longer life.

 

As for the smaller bulb CHECKMATE mentioned, I suspect as Bob referred, that the internal plastic in the tail lamp housing has partially melted due to heat from the stop lamp filament being on for long period of time which occurs when cars are in long stop-and-go lines in traffic.

As for the size, BOTH bulbs in each tail lamp are to be 1157 or now 2057. You want both running light from both bulbs as well as stop lights from both. [The question I ask; Is the socket that the small bulb is in, a single or double terminal socket? If it is the original factory supplied socket, it will have 2 HOT terminals, one for tail lamp and one for stop lamp. The side of the socket contains the GROUND terminal.

I read that there is also a 3057 bulb which is similar, but I would stick with 1157 if you can find them.

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I plan to do this to the car I am restoring, but I figured I'd bring it up here...I am going to go all LED lights. I have noticed that the OEM bulbs can get hot enough to melt the actual housing. Being that our taillights are so small as it is, I want them to be BRIGHT...well, adding more power to an incandescent bulb means more heat. LED's can produce more light, draw less power, and make less heat doing it. 

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On 8/17/2020 at 12:09 PM, Hemi Dude said:

When the cars were new, 1157 tail/stop lamp bulbs were used across the board on cars and trucks, they have a brass body.

The 2057 with a stainless steel body is an upgrade of the 1157 bulb. It is said that the 1157 is brighter while the 2057 is slightly dimmer but has a longer life.

 

As for the smaller bulb CHECKMATE mentioned, I suspect as Bob referred, that the internal plastic in the tail lamp housing has partially melted due to heat from the stop lamp filament being on for long period of time which occurs when cars are in long stop-and-go lines in traffic.

As for the size, BOTH bulbs in each tail lamp are to be 1157 or now 2057. You want both running light from both bulbs as well as stop lights from both. [The question I ask; Is the socket that the small bulb is in, a single or double terminal socket? If it is the original factory supplied socket, it will have 2 HOT terminals, one for tail lamp and one for stop lamp. The side of the socket contains the GROUND terminal.

I read that there is also a 3057 bulb which is similar, but I would stick with 1157 if you can find them.

The blue manual for my 89-8v shows 2057 for the rear brake/turn and park lights. It shows the same bulbs 2057 for the front turn and park. I replaced the 4 bulbs in the rear first, no problem. Removed the front lights and the bulbs were not 2057, witch have 2 filaments, one for park and a brighter one for turn sig. The  two bulbs in each of these front lights are single filament, a small #89 for park and a 1156 for turning sig. I've never read any mention of this on the forum.

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But you read it in the Service manual and it is also in the owners manual which comes with the car. 

Do you expect that every piece of information about the car should be here on the forum?

If you want to know more, become a member of TC America, the club for owners of this car.

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