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Old 04-05-2004, 12:53 PM   #1
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Question 1971 rear taillights inside metal cups

Well she is 98% done on the outside. I am having trouble finding the metal cups that the rear lense attaches to. there are 2 lenses,white and red on each side with a reflector. The metal cups sit inside the aluminum billet piece and the lenses attach to them. Mine are rusted out badly.
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Old 04-05-2004, 01:08 PM   #2
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Sharp looking Airstream! And, welcome to the forum.

Perhaps someone else will have a replacement part for you, but when a similar thing happened to one of my backup lights, I de-rustified it, and rebuilt the reflector with JBWeld using masking tape as foundation. After it cured, I painted it with Bumper Chrome paint.

Cool looking AC shroud - did you make it?

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Old 04-05-2004, 01:12 PM   #3
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Yes, I had a company called Pro-Tech build it. It originaly was cheaper than a hard to find replacement and it turned out great!
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Old 04-05-2004, 01:34 PM   #4
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What a great looking trailer!
BTW, I found the lenses for my 1971 at a truck supply store, here in SoCal.
Chances are , they might also have the metal cups for the inside of the aluminum taillight housing. Depending on your location, you might try truck supply stores.
Are those gas bottles anodized blue? Looks cool!
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Old 04-05-2004, 03:26 PM   #5
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FWIW, Andy at Inland RV has the tail lights listed on the parts page of his website. spendy, but he has 'em. the lenses alone, I have seen from other vendors, but figuring out what the current make/model# of the entire fixture is a trick. nobody seems to know...except Andy!
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Old 04-05-2004, 05:28 PM   #6
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We tried Inland and they do not carry the metal cup. I spoke with the polishing guru down in Riverside and he claimed no one makes this part? There was a RV place in Idaho that claimed to carry them but what arrived was square and about a 1.5 inches deeper.
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Old 04-05-2004, 06:10 PM   #7
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Correction, please.

The 4 1/8 tail light and backup light cans are no longer available. That's why we don't have them.

We are searching for satisfactory replacements which may wind up being LED's.

I will keep the Forum posted.

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Old 04-16-2004, 12:10 PM   #8
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Markus will be parting out a '72 trailer for his neighbor (soon I hope!), maybe no one's got dibs yet on what you are looking for. Here's the thread:http://www.airforums.com/forum...ghlight=markus

PM him and tell him what you need.

PS, the pictures of the trailer in question are in his photo gallery, but don't show a backside shot. the most damage is on the top and interior though.
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I have a 69 Overlander with the same type of taillights. My metal cups are fine, I unfortunately damage one the sockets trying to remove a rusty/stuck bulb. Does anyone know where to get the sockets for the taillights?

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Old 07-27-2004, 11:16 PM   #10
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Man, when you see an Airstream that looks like that all the arguements that you have with yourself as to polish or not to polish seem to just fade away.

That is one great looking Airstream.................................
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Old 07-28-2004, 12:03 AM   #11
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I found some suitable replacements at a NAPA autoparts store. They needed to be modified a bit. There was a large threaded bolt coming out the back which I cut off with a dremel cut-off blade - it also needed two holes drilled in it to screw/rivet them in place. Otherwise it was a perfect fit and came with either the clear or red lenses and gaskets.

The part number on the box that I kept (2693W) doesn't seem to work on the NAPA site - but a visit to a store in person might yield what you need.

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Old 07-28-2004, 01:05 PM   #12
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The replacement cans for the 4 1/8 inch tail light and backup lights were made by Signal Stat.

We have sold several hundred of them.

Unfortunately, Signal Stat decided to make them obsolete.

Therefore, if you find any, grab them up, as the supply has dried up.

The tail light is #2610 and the backup light is #2693W.

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Old 07-28-2004, 01:55 PM   #13
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Wow!!

I was just passing through, when I saw you Airstream. Looks Fantastic!!!
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Old 07-28-2004, 04:47 PM   #14
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<---- putting my tongue back in my mouth now, and wiping the druel.

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Man, when you see an Airstream that looks like that all the arguements that you have with yourself as to polish or not to polish seem to just fade away.

That is one great looking Airstream.................................
Your 2 cents were more like the 1000 words that photo screams.

Very, very nice.
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