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Old 01-22-2007, 12:34 AM   #15
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I adapted Grote LED truck taillights to fit inside my original 1964 Bargman wedding cake lenses (by combining ideas from previous LED conversion threads). They look completely stock but they are MUCH brighter (spelled SAFER).

I also prefer the vintage stock look but opt for safety, especially at night on mountain roads.

Has anyone adapted 1960’s teardrop Bargman / Autolamp clearance lights to LEDs, retaining the original base and lens? If so, how did you deal with LEDs being directional?

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Old 01-28-2007, 12:37 PM   #16
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As far as retrofitting fixtures, there are 1156 and 1157 style replacements out there, both straight and 90 degree directional. Hopefully the 90 degree style can be rotated once installed; the directionality of LEDs can be a blessing and curse.
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Old 03-10-2007, 02:10 PM   #17
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Silvr, where did you find the LED marker lights you are satisfied with? We have to replace our rear marker lights (all messed up) and would like to go with LEDs also.

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Old 03-10-2007, 02:53 PM   #18
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Silvr, where did you find the LED marker lights you are satisfied with? We have to replace our rear marker lights (all messed up) and would like to go with LEDs also.

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Old 03-10-2007, 04:12 PM   #19
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I replaced the stop-turn lights with the big LED lamps that Inland RV sells, and since they're the same diameter as the originals I don't think they spoil the look at all. The old ones were so incurably dim (and corroded) that I really was worried about someone running into the back of the trailer.
Here's a photo of the back with all LED lights, I think it looks nice:


I also replaced all the teardrop running lights on mine with LEDs, but using the original housings & lenses. (If there are LED teardrop replacements that match, I haven't seen them, and replacing the bulbs with LED bulbs didn't produce enough light.) I replaced the bulb & holder with an LED array on a PCB, which gives a diamond-shaped light that I think goes pretty well inside the teardrop lens. I wrote up a how-to although it's not that complicated.
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Old 03-10-2007, 07:22 PM   #20
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I highly recommend them also. I purchased two of the 1379A amber and two of the 1379R red LED units. I had to make some modifications with the ground connection on each light but they sure are bright. I'm debating replacing the three rear red units with LED.
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Old 03-15-2007, 05:43 PM   #21
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Sorry for taking a while to reply. I have found a few places. Vehiclelight dot com; then on ebay, saving_grace_llc, tmiledtechnology, and closertowholesale are three stores I have bought from.

Thanks again for all the input; I've put all LED fixtures on my non-silver trailers... they look SO good, vintage aesthetic bedamned! Now I'm going to order a whole set of running lights for the Streamline; after numerous delays and registration getting kicked back by DMV, I finally have title and can start spending money on it!

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P.S. Just bought a little vintage trailer, and the sellers had a beautiful 61 Bambi too, already sold.
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:02 PM   #22
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Two thoughts here: First, on the legitimacy of L.E. D.s on vintage equipment, I think this question would make a good poll. Second, if you get in a festive mood, the low current draw of L.E.D.s can be a real advantage. I made a switch out of an extra umbical plug and a rotary heater switch from a car(see attached) which I can plug into the trailer while it's parked. Not only does this allow me to test my lights easily, but I can "decorate" the rig by turning the running lights on at night-looks very cheery. When we boondock out in the desert and hike away from the AS, I can leave the lights on as a beacon to guide me back after dusk.
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Old 03-15-2007, 10:52 PM   #23
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Excella CM,
Great idea. Switch on! I wqas wondering how to light it up without tow vehicle.


Jacob D,
I read the write up on changing your teardrop running lamps to LEDs. I like it!
Where did you purchase the 1156 LED arrays?

And thanks a lot for the help with the jalousies.

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Old 03-15-2007, 11:58 PM   #24
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I like that plug-in switch, very neat! I hardwired a switch on the tongue to flip between powering the running lights from the trailer battery or from the tow vehicle for the same reason, but since you can't see it you could potentially forget to flip it and kill the trailer batteries while towing, which you can't with yours. Of course, I'm much too smart to do that.

The 1156 arrays I used in the teardrops came from here. In white I found them much too dim for interior lighting, but the 24-LED diamond shaped amber arrays worked great in the teardrops. They only make red in the 36-LED type, but I covered the 12 corner LEDs to make the diamond shape anyway for the red teardrop markers on the back.
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Old 03-16-2007, 11:17 AM   #25
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Thumbs up LEDs are low amp draw, so that does is for me.

I have a 1958 Bubble, completely rebuilt with new appliances, cabinets, floor, RV-500 water heater, full bath with custom made aluminum tub/shower pan that detaches and fits into the curve of the rear roof/wall. I made a really nice cold-cathode flourescent lamp that is usually all the light I need inside. As soon as I can afford it, I will replace the outside running lights with LEDs, mostly to save battery capacity.
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I just came in because it got too dark; I am putting on the finishing touches of putting in all new LED tail-brake plus backup units in my 1970 Caravel. The old fixtures were rusted to dust so I pried them out, cleaned up the aluminum castings with a little sander, drilled and tapped a trio of holes in each of the four depressions in the castings and used stainless bolts as pedestals to space the LED units out closer to the old outer surface position of the lamps. Tomorrow I'll bond them into place. The look great and work really well. Next I'll get LED marker lights (all ten) since most of mine are cracked and failing.
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:25 PM   #27
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LED Lights- do they wreck the vintage asthetic?

No.

And they certainly don't wreck the vintage "butt" that could be yours.

LED's are without question, a huge step forward, in making vehicles of all sorts, more visible in both daylight and night time.

That extra light, can be a life saver, when we least expect it.

Changing to LED's regardless of a vintage trailer, is giving safety "thumbs up" and the old maybe they can see me, "thumbs down."

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Old 08-31-2008, 03:22 AM   #28
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Wedding Cake LEDs

I found a fairly easy way to convert the old wedding cake style tailights to LEDs.

1. Buy a set of LED trailer tailights from your nearest TSC or Northern Tool or Menards. See the picture below.

2. Remove the extraneous license plate and side lights. Tape the wires.

3. Mount the main light assembly on nylon standoffs. Test light functions.

4. Replace the original lenses with new gaskets. Throw away the leftover parts, or use the sidelights and license plate lights elsewhere.
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