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Originally Posted by Augustine
Hi, this is my first post to the forum ... and first Airstream. I wonder if some of you very knowledgeable and creative folks could advise me on the marker lights on my '63 Globetrotter. It looks like a marker light bar was added and replaced. There are old, sheared buck rivets sitting out. The apparently smaller current one is secured with screws. I want my trailer to appear as period correct as possible. Is it possible the trailer came from the factory with a marker light bar? I haven't seen any others with this setup so I presume not. Regardless, I don't care for the look. Is there something period looking I could do with lights or a light? I'm considering either patching the hole or replacing with a single teardrop. What do ya'll think? Would the teardrop look wierd? I'm open to suggestions! Thanks a bunch.
The clearance light bar on your Globetrotter is definitely much newer than the trailer as teardrop marker lights were utilized at least through 1964
. I am going strictly from memory, but I believe that Fred Coldwell in his presentation on the history of Airstream Trailers (Fred Coldwell is the Vintage Airstream Club expert on Vintage Airstream Travel Trailers) that the small, single axle trailers built before 1964
or 1965(?) weren't equipped with clearance lights above the front/rear windows . . . and it may have also been a difference between the Ohio and California manufacturing plants. I suspect that a prior owner may have had to add the clearance lights to satisfy a particular DMV inspector. The teardrop clearance lights would be appropriate for a 1963
Good luck with your projects!