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Old 05-31-2009, 10:09 AM   #1
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What should I do to 'cover' the 4 naked ceiling light bulbs ( 3 fixtures ) in my 37 year sold Overlander? Got tired looking at them and had a renewed interest in 'restore'! Old shades long gone. Read all the replacement reviews but none satisfied this purist with all original equipment. Answer Home Depot. Found and bought 3 frosted plastic bulb shades $3/ea with those clips that attach to the bulb itself; cut off a piece ( saber saw) about 1" from the top. Now I had the sides. (The remainder of the HD shades are scrap!) Next I bought 3 -12x12" clear acrylic sheets $1.25/ea at Loews and cut a circle using the sides as a template. Drilled the center hole, using a 1/2" speed bore. Glued the sides to the now circular bottom of the shade. Results will depend on how much accurarcy you want to devote to the project ) They are now installed covering up the naked bulbs ! Total cost including the silicon glue less than $5/ea. Pride in saving a buck PRICELESS! Pix coming.
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What should I do to 'cover' the 4 naked ceiling light bulbs ( 3 fixtures ) in my 37 year sold Overlander? Got tired looking at them and had a renewed interest in 'restore'! Old shades long gone. Read all the replacement reviews but none satisfied this purist with all original equipment. Answer Home Depot. Found and bought 3 frosted plastic bulb shades $3/ea with those clips that attach to the bulb itself; cut off a piece ( saber saw) about 1" from the top. Now I had the sides. (The remainder of the HD shades are scrap!) Next I bought 3 -12x12" clear acrylic sheets $1.25/ea at Loews and cut a circle using the sides as a template. Drilled the center hole, using a 1/2" speed bore. Glued the sides to the now circular bottom of the shade. Results will depend on how much accurarcy you want to devote to the project ) They are now installed covering up the naked bulbs ! Total cost including the silicon glue less than $5/ea. Pride in saving a buck PRICELESS! Pix coming.
The original round ceiling light shades, are still available, at least from a dealer that stocks parts for vintage Airstreams.

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