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Old 08-15-2007, 12:04 PM   #15
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You could give a call to COLAW RV PARTS & SALVAGE | WE HAVE YOUR PART! in Carthage, MO, and see what they have. Maybe they could run out and take a digital photo and email it if you have any question?

R.J. Dial's Vintage Airstream photo archives only go up to 1980 but might be of help if they come up with an older model.
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Old 08-15-2007, 12:19 PM   #16
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I am restoring a 72 Argosy 26' Trailer.
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We are just up the road in Forsyth and have an Argosy also.
I will send you a PM with my contact information.

Will be glad to help with your search for parts.

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Old 08-15-2007, 03:27 PM   #17
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Here's one on ebay you could possibly use - with it being 2002 Airstream would likely have one to match it.

eBay Motors: Airstream Tailight (item 130143385421 end time Aug-18-07 20:56:00 PDT)
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Old 08-23-2007, 01:23 PM   #18
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Thanks!

Thanks for all the help. I found the 85 Excella tail lights from Colaw and just got them in the mail today! Can't wait to install them. I will need to modify the back end a bit as there were already holes cut where the tail lights would go. They were hidden by the plastic/fiberlass piece that held the old tail lights. But I checked and the new tail lights will cover all but a small portion on the holes. I will try to post photos once we get them installed . Thanks again.
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:14 PM   #19
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We're working on our '73 Argosy and intend to remove the clunky taillight "frame" to install triple (hopefully) taillights flush with the exterior skin (recessed into the cut outs for the original taillights). Like SnorkyII above, I have holes cut into the center rear panel as well. My guess is that we will have to patch the original holes and cut new ones. What is your experience and opinion? And, my second concern is the curve in the panels. Will a flat triple taillight, such as Monarch offers, work under any circumstances, or must we spring for the curved 80's Airstream taillights, provided we can located them? The curved ones look great, like HappyCampers installed, but pricey...

We are almost ready with the interior--I'll post photos when done--maybe in a couple weeks! Time to think about tasks to be addressed to get the ole gal on the road. Thanks for any info or ideas you can provide on the subject of taillight modification, or source of the curved Airstream taillights.
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:30 PM   #20
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I bought some used taillights to put on my 73 but did not like how they looked. I sold them and bought 4 round LED lights. I patched the original holes with aluminum that I had cut new holes for the LED lights, here is how it turned out. They are very nice bright lights and pretty cheap from Amazon. I still need to paint the bare aluminum but I think it will look pretty clean when I am done. I also replaced the clearance light with LED.
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:26 AM   #21
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Installing round lights avoided the issue of the curvature of the trailer. A+ I like the look you got--thanks for your input.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:53 AM   #22
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Tail Lights

This is off topic, but what is the floor level cutout in the rear sheet metal for? A similar cut on mine would make the rear bath area floor more accessible.
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:31 AM   #23
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I had to replace the floor in the back and the rear cross member along with the hold down plate. The aluminum was also pretty corroded where it was against the hold down plate so I cut it out and replaced it as well. I had a the hold down late made out of stainless so it would not react with the new aluminum. I had to replace the 2x4 supports under the floor it was all pretty rotten as well but now it is better than new.
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I found this thread from Loren Silva on this topic. I've purchased the lights on line and will do the replacement this spring. Looks pretty good to me!
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f4/1...ts-107306.html
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:08 PM   #25
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For better or worse, the ABS tail light assembly across the rear of our Argosy is GONE. I'd had it--to my eye, it was an unnecessary, cluttering addition by Airstream--maybe to cheapen the look of the Argosy line in comparison to the higher end sleek Airstreams? The moment it was removed the family and neighbor group kibitzing around literally sighed in relief. Of course, it is all a matter of individual taste, and a function of capitulation when faced with the task of repairing the cracking ABS.

Now, to replace the lights. We are going to try to use recessed Bargman #84 Triple Tail Light W/Back Up Horizontal--my son thinks he can, maybe, bend the plastic with heat to fit the curve of the trailer wall. YouTube has a number of videos showing bending ABS up to 1/4" with a heat gun. We'll see how that works. If successful, I'll try to get photos taken of the process and post--sure would be great to avoid paying $269 for Airstreams' plastic curved tail lights. And one of the perks is this tail light is slightly larger than the hole in the trailer, so no patching required, hopefully. As I say, we'll see--and hope.

Anyone have an experience using heat to bend ABS?
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Here's what I'm doing to mine. I just bought 4" LED lights that are used on semi trucks, and had an aluminum piece made to cover up the square hole. I went with one red for my stop, tail, and turn and one white for my backup lights. It's awesome having all of that light back there when backing in the dark!
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