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Old 04-09-2007, 08:13 PM   #15
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Hey, now that I'm all fired up to see if I can't make up some teardrop lights, I have a follow-up question: What about the row of three lights at the front and back of the rig? One problem is that I just can't recall the configuration of these lights from years ago. Were they teardrops at all? Does somebody have a pic of the front/rear of a 60's rig with original marker lights?

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Lynn,

The lights look rectangular in this picture: 67Caravel

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Old 04-09-2007, 10:22 PM   #16
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I think - looking at the Vintage Airstream site - that Bill is correct. It looks like 64 was the last year for the teardrop markers......
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Old 04-10-2007, 12:52 AM   #17
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Sorry to restart this thread, but I've been looking at (and disliking) the replacement lights that are currently on our 67 rig. (Why they're on the rig is a different story, but I don't want to raise my blood pressure this early in the morning.) Here's what it's got now (pic from Andy's Inland site):



Ok, so what it used to have was teardrops. And the only reasonably priced replacements I can find are like the pic below (pic from Vintage Trailer Supply):



Well, so these look ok, but I'm not too keen on those three big ears around the perimeter. And not too wild about having to drill more holes in the rig, either.

So has anybody purchased these, trimmed off the ears, and drilled holes inside to match the original holes in the rig?

The result would presumably look somewhat like the attached image ...

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Lynn, All the lights on my 1967 Safari are the type you found on the Inland parts page with the exception that the base for the original is aluminum not plastic. None of them are the teardrop style. Happy Trails, Ed
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Old 04-10-2007, 08:09 AM   #18
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Wow, really? When we took ours to the blood-pressure-raising shop for work, the fellow there removed our originals ("those old things") and replaced them with the ones that Andy stocks. Do you know if the ones on your rig are original?

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Old 04-10-2007, 08:38 AM   #19
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Ok, I just got my wife in here to my computer and asked her what lights were on our rig originally. (Her memory is a bunch better than mine!) Here's what she identified (dome only, from Vintage site), though she said it was "smooth" and "without ridges":



Humm. No teardrops after all!


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Old 04-10-2007, 08:45 AM   #20
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Humm. No teardrops after all!


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Old 04-10-2007, 09:46 AM   #21
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Does anyone know where I can get the "original" size marker lights for a 1954.
As discussed in other threads, " original " parts can have many different styles from numerous suppliers. Airstream used different parts even during the same year of production.

Here is what they used on my '64 Bambi II...
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An example are the tailights on the Bambi II, most are Bargman 99s, but some came with Bargman 86s like mine did.
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Old 04-10-2007, 07:44 PM   #22
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Hey, while I won't be needing the teardrop lights (see my post above concerning my bad memory), I did receive a message from Kim at Vintage Trailer Supply. The lense on the teardrop that they sell is 3-3/4 inches long, so it seems feasible that one could trim off the outer ears on that product and drill holes through the inside of the backing plate that are 3 inches apart.

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Old 04-11-2007, 12:02 AM   #23
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Lynn, My marker lights all appear to be originals. I even have two on the rear top that have the plastic (red) lens missing from them and the contacts for the lamps are all rusted and corroded from exposure. I also have original replacements that the P/O bought at sometime in the past and never got around to installing. They also have the aluminum bases plus a gasket that (looks new) that goes between the trailer and the lamp base. They were all wrapped in a wax type packing paper in a rusty coffee can when he gave them to me at the time I picked up the trailer. He had them stored in the barn for future use. Of course the trailer had been parked since 1983 when I bought it in 2004. It was hard wired to the barn and used as an office. Well now you know more than you wanted to! LOL! Happy Trails, Ed
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