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Old 10-17-2007, 08:56 PM   #1
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Bee hive lights - '53 flying cloud

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I have a 1953 flying cloud I have been working on. The marker lights need replacement. They are a bee hive lense with a 3 1/4" round ring. I have looked all over with no luck. I would like to upgrade to LEDs of a similar style. Lights a little larger would be fine.

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Old 10-18-2007, 12:59 AM   #2
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Hello,

Can you post a picture of a "bee hive lense"? Is it the kind that is sort of cone shaped? The glass ones are fairly rare, if looking for an original. Have you tried Vintage Trailer Supply online, or Inland RV? If looking for replacements you might also check boat supplies like West Marine online. I know my son changed all his Hobie Cat boat trailer lights to LEDs a few years ago.

I am not sure they have LEDs to fit that exact item, but I do know a number of owners are customizing their lights to fit LEDs.

Good luck.

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Old 10-18-2007, 01:08 AM   #3
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Try ebay. Search 'Beehive Light' - several come up...any matches?

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Old 10-21-2007, 02:12 PM   #4
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Hello,

After much frustration I was able to upload some pics. I have looked at Vintage Airstream and have not found a match. I have been able to find plastic replacement lenses but what I really need is the light housing/socket. As you can see from the pictures the housing is in really bad shape. I would not be against changing the style of light as long as the replacement light is large enough to cover the existing mounting holes. Preferrably I would like exact replacements but sometimes its not possible. The only replacement I have seen that is somewhat close is the #9 bargman light, which I have only seen with a red lense cap, which leads me to believe they were designed for tailight, not marker lights.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-21-2007, 04:27 PM   #5
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You might find what you are looking for here...
Taillightking Web Site

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Old 11-05-2007, 08:58 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help.

Hello,

I thank all of you for your help. I am still looking for the right light socket. I know I will find what I am looking for eventually.
The link for the website Greg posted was awesome. The site had lights of all kinds, except for what I was looking for of course.

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Old 11-05-2007, 09:12 PM   #7
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If I were you I would take a wire brush or paint/rust stripper you put on an ordinary drill (can get em at any hardware store/home improvement or wallyworld) and get the rust off and then paint them with rust retardent paint or have them chromed for not much money, clean the globes and stick em back on. That way you have the originals for that trailor if they are indeed the originals. You could really make em look pretty much as good as new and still have all that orignal character. Just a suggestion. Good luck.
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Old 11-05-2007, 09:12 PM   #8
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Check out Vintage Trailer Supply - Vintage travel trailer parts and supplies! see if they have them.
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I would love to reuse these lights. The problem is the socket for the bulb is totally rusted and un-repairable. The glass lense and bezel are reusable, but the socket has had it. The socket is attached to the surface mounting plate as one unit.

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I would love to reuse these lights. The problem is the socket for the bulb is totally rusted and un-repairable. The glass lense and bezel are reusable, but the socket has had it. The socket is attached to the surface mounting plate as one unit.

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I just magnified the pics and I now see how boogered the socket is. Try ebay as well, I am constsntly surprised what one can find on ebay.
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Old 11-05-2007, 10:36 PM   #11
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I would love to reuse these lights. The problem is the socket for the bulb is totally rusted and un-repairable. The glass lense and bezel are reusable, but the socket has had it. The socket is attached to the surface mounting plate as one unit.

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Most automotive supply shops sell replacement sockets. You have to carefully drill out the rivet that holds the socket to the base and install the new one. You may need to do a bit of fabricating but it's not a big job. If you don't have the tools or desire to try that you might find a small shop who would, or a friend/neighbor?

These types of lights were also used on other vehicles at the time. Mac trucks as an example had similar lights if not identical, and International trucks as well as Divco's, and we believe they are the same lights. Automotive swap meets are a great place to find stuff like this. We found three at the Monroe, WA swap meet the first weekend in October that our friend needed for his '52. He paid a total of less than $10 for all three and they needed cleaning but otherwise are fully functional.

Check out the vintage truck sites on the web, as one route. Go to your local auto parts store and check out their replacement light socket supply and see just how close you can get, and also determine if you are up to doing the repair yourself. If not, ask the folks at the parts supply if they know anyone who might be willing/able to undertake it. They may be aware of a hobbyist who supplements his income or supports his car habit by doing odd jobs for people.

In the meantime I'll keep my eye out for an extra functional unit and if one comes up will let you know.

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