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Old 12-05-2007, 06:47 PM   #1
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1974 Argosy Taillights

I found A 1974 28 ft Argosy that set at A deer camp for 30 years.
I have cleaned it out and got everything working so far.
The rear plastic piece for the taillights has holes in it so I orderd
some Airstream Taillights fot it.
eBay Motors: 79 airstream parts : tail lights (item 250188437658 end time Nov-22-07 19:44:12 PST)
I just got them but they have the cups sticking out A little and will not fit unless I cut or dent the rear of the trailer?
How is the airstream body done behind the lights?
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:02 PM   #2
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Hello Okie and welcome to the Forums, I changed out the tail lights on a 1975 Argosy and put in a set of lights out of a 1985 Airstream Excella.

There is about a 2 to 3 inch space between the outside skin and the inside, I just cut out the outside skin so the lights would fit, you have to be very careful and measure several times to be sure because there is only about a 1/4" flang so there is little room for mistake. Hope this helps.

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Old 12-06-2007, 11:06 AM   #3
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Got them on now I need to paint her silver and she will be ok for me.
I think she is # 56 0ff the line.
Old man left her in Deer Camp for 30 years.
But she is all orginal excpet for the fridg.
Seems the mice like the wires under the pan in front had to fix that and two leaks in the water line.
I put in A high boy crapper and had to cut A little plastic to get it to fit.
This is the secound one I have bought first was A 30 ft Airstream too big.
I found this one here in the paper for 750.
I got hin down to 650 but had to get him A title he had lost it years ago.
It has all the paperwork in it even A letter from airstream recalling the furnace.
Thank you for telling me how to put them on.
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:15 AM   #4
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Got them on now I need to paint her silver ....
Not okey-dokey! Naw, go on and do whatever you want. But there were no Airstreams in the mid-70s with the wide front pano windows. You can join the VAC too. Please don't link this photo in other posts at AIR Forums or our silver sided sycophants will get tears in their teacups...

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Old 12-06-2007, 03:06 PM   #5
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Might wait to paint it .
Maybe back like it is
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Old 12-06-2007, 05:10 PM   #6
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Old 12-06-2007, 05:21 PM   #7
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I was born in Tahlequah on Lake Tenkiller @ Wildcat Point Class of 1973.
now live in Watauga North of Ft. Worth but still own my home up in Okie Land.
I will be headind the 19th too my home in Mexico @ Cd Valles San Louis Potosi.
I have A ranch in Veracruz La Reforma, I go every year till New Years then back home to Ft Worth.
I saw they have A campout this weekend near Austin I may go to try it out.
Today I went for A little spin and droped A Load Leveler, so I came back and fixed that. Seems after 30 years there was some trash up in one hole.
I usually take the Trailer up to Oklahoma when I am through camping as I have more land there to park it.
Where are you from ?

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Okie,

In the case of cutting large holes in the body it may be better to cut on something that is sacrificial. This way you can have unlimited trial and error.

I have recently ordered salvage tail lights for our Argosy and when they arrive I plan to do the following:

Make a template from foam core or some other rigid material that is easy to cut with a razor knife and is bendable. When you have the template cut perfectly to fit the tail lights you can transfer the cutout to the Argosy.

This has been working great in my dreams.

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Old 12-06-2007, 06:26 PM   #9
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My old ones I took off are good one has A small crack but it looks ok too me.
I already cut the holes so the Airstream ones would fit.
I had to use A hole saw and snips.
I drilled four holes in the AS ones and screwed them on then I silconed them around so no water will get in.
The Old lights would of stayed if not for all the holes in the plastic base.
I messed up on the Argosy Emblem A little but I will straghten that up later.
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Hello... Best to use Silkaflex for Vulkem on Aluminum trailers.... Silicone is not good..
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I am in Chandler, right on old Route 66, between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. We have a place down at Eufaula, where we park the Airstream in the Spring and Summer. Try to let the Argosy grow on you before you make any changes. We now have one of each, but the Argosy is definitely the cuter one. We've restored the stripes to the original copper/orange color. We've repainted the steel end-caps. Someday we'll find time to repaint the entire body. It sure beats polishing.
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