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Old 12-01-2014, 10:32 AM   #1
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I was thinking about putting Airstream tail lights on my 77 Argosy 24. I was wondering if it can be done entirely from the outside, or do you also have to remove the inner panels in the bathroom to install them? What year AS tail lights would be the best fit?
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Old 12-01-2014, 11:32 AM   #2
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I'm looking at this for my '76 because the Argosy plastic taillight housing is trashed, and I happen to have a pair of Airstream taillight modules that someone has installed in the parts trailer I bought.

It looks to me like you'll have to cut some aluminum to make them work (with the pair of '70s taillights I have, at least) because the Argosy just has a hole cut to pass the wires through, and the Airstream '70s Airstream taillight modules aren't surface-mounted.
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Old 12-01-2014, 07:28 PM   #3
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Could you post a picture of the backside of one of the taillights showing how they are mounted?
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Could you post a picture of the backside of one of the taillights showing how they are mounted?
They're still stuck to the back of my parts-donor Argosy, which is at the shop that'll do the big work to make my '76 a good platform for renovation. Hopefully someone else has a photo of '70s Airstream taillights removed from the trailer.
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It seems like I read a post in the argosy section and they used mid 80's Excella lights. Then another post used Bargeman lights
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When I removed the plastic valance that holds the tail lights on my 73, I had to also remove the center trim rail. The rivets holding the plastic were under the rail. There were rather large rectangular holes in the aluminum suggesting that the rear panels were multi use and that A/S lights might fit.
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There are several options for this as I recall. I bought some used AS lights that the seller told me were the correct radius for the curve on the Argosy and I had no reason to doubt him, he was a former AS repair center owner. But when I tried to fit them, the radius was wrong and there was quite a gap. These were not flush mount as I have seen elsewhere.
I have posted the two pics that another member posted of the mod they made to their trailer and a pic of the two light clusters I bought which will not fit.
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I was thinking about putting Airstream tail lights on my 77 Argosy 24. I was wondering if it can be done entirely from the outside, or do you also have to remove the inner panels in the bathroom to install them? What year AS tail lights would be the best fit?
I installed some late model cast aluminum led Airstream lamps on a 77 Argosy some years ago. Although the arc wasn't exactly the same, the skin flexed enough, so there were no gaps. They looked really cool.
Vintage Thunder (Airstream Life's project trailer) was a 77 Argosy & it had 80's era Airstream taillamps on it. They fit well also.
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Thanks everyone for all the good info. What year AS are the lights in the last picture that BEX posted from? They seem to fit perfectly. Do they mount entirely from the outside, or do you have to remove panels from the inside to mount them?
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Thanks everyone for all the good info. What year AS are the lights in the last picture that BEX posted from? They seem to fit perfectly. Do they mount entirely from the outside, or do you have to remove panels from the inside to mount them?
Those are the same ones that went on Vintage Thunder. I'm guessing 80's era.
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Thanks everyone for all the good info. What year AS are the lights in the last picture that BEX posted from? They seem to fit perfectly. Do they mount entirely from the outside, or do you have to remove panels from the inside to mount them?
You would need to spend a little time searching the threads for the original poster. I thought (as Colin suggests) they were from an early eighties.
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