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Old 03-28-2012, 06:36 AM   #1
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Tail Light Surround

For lack of a better name, is the wide plastic valence that the tail lights are mounted to available anywhere? Mine is cracked badly.

A repair could be to cover it with thin fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin, which should not melt the plastic like polyester resin would.

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Old 03-29-2012, 04:50 AM   #2
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What year and model Airstream do you have - it's not posted in your profile...
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:01 AM   #3
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For lack of a better name, is the wide plastic valence that the tail lights are mounted to available anywhere? Mine is cracked badly.

A repair could be to cover it with thin fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin, which should not melt the plastic like polyester resin would.

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Hi there
I am not aware of replacements and your thought about repair is one solution. I tried it, after repairing the busted switch housing on the elec jack ours has, but I made a real big mess. Then I saw some posts from folks that had removed theirs and replaced with light clusters. I found a pair from an (80's I think) AS and intend to fit them this year. Pic attached. Its an alternative and there are several posts from folks that have done the repair or replace, do a search and you will get all the info you need to do either.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:26 AM   #4
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I fixed up my profile, but my new purchase is a 1974 Argosy 24T with front dinette. It has not been on the road since 2002, and was licensed in Alabama. There is lots of work to do, and I am new to these trailer, so I have plenty of questions on parts availability.

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Old 03-31-2012, 10:04 AM   #5
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I fixed up my profile, but my new purchase is a 1974 Argosy 24T with front dinette. It has not been on the road since 2002, and was licensed in Alabama. There is lots of work to do, and I am new to these trailer, so I have plenty of questions on parts availability.

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Many parts are available from dealers who normally stoc parts, especially for older Airstream products.

The tail light plastic parts is called a bezel.

It has not been available for many many years.

All you can do probably, is reapir it the best you can with "Bondo" and then paint it.

Your question can more easily be answered when your specific about the year and part or parts.

Having the serial number handy helps as well.

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I don't think your going to find that housing except at a salvage dealer. Even that is a long shot. You may have to try and rebuild it. Maybe some Argosy owners will chime in with suggestions.

Here are some parts sources that you will need eventually:

Taillight Assembly CS 500500-02 [500500-02] - $164.95 : Out-of-Doors Mart!, More Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!

Inland RV Center - The Nations Leading Expert in Airstream Innovations

Vintage Trailer Supply - parts and supplies for vintage travel trailers and campers!

This site is good for pictures of what your unit looked like originally. There are also parts and other resource sites listed. One of the salvage dealers mentioned here frequently is Colaw's Salvage. It might also be useful to call Airstream and talk to them about what they would do with a unit brought in in need of the same repair. Good luck - welcome to Air Forums.

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Old 03-31-2012, 12:45 PM   #7
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Alfaguy,

If your 1974 is like my 1976 the bezel at the rear may look like this:

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We removed it before stripping and repainting the trailer. The bezel had a lot of cracks but we managed to rebuild it with Bondo fiberglass kits. After the trailer was fully stripped we put the bezel back on:

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This is what it looks like now, five years later, after the paint job:

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Alfaguy, there are multiple options in this thread. Personally, I would put in new taillight assemblies rather than replacing the bezel - looks more modern to me.

Is "alfaguy" as in Alfa Romeo? - if so, curious what you have.

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Tom, thanks for the tip on the tail light thread. If my plastic is beyond help I will do the airstream substitute.

Alfaguy is also my email address, because I have owned Alfa's since 1968. I vintage race a 1967 GTV with SVRA and VDCA a couple times a year (at Sebring and Savannah). I have many unrestored cars from 1958-1974, including 3 spiders and 3 GTVs.

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For lack of a better name, is the wide plastic valence that the tail lights are mounted to available anywhere? Mine is cracked badly.

A repair could be to cover it with thin fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin, which should not melt the plastic like polyester resin would.

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That tail light bezel can be repaired using "Bondo".

They have not been available for many years.

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Alfaguy is also my email address, because I have owned Alfa's since 1968. I vintage race a 1967 GTV with SVRA and VDCA a couple times a year (at Sebring and Savannah). I have many unrestored cars from 1958-1974, including 3 spiders and 3 GTVs.

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Question for Andy or anyone actually, and relating to my pic above of the replacements for the bezel.
I see on the back of the these replacements that they were riveted previously. What I dont get is that the back is solid metal.......how do the rivets bight into that? Would I not be better to use self drilling metal screws through the skin and into the surround, or are rivets designed to hold on just a hole drilled into solid metal?
Which might be the preferred solution?
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