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Old 04-07-2003, 10:52 PM   #1
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Question 'Porchlight' on '50s Airstreams

I'm looking for what I think is a porchlight for my 59 Traveler. I haven't seen the light on a Traveler but it does show up on other models of that era.
I'd appreciate any information about a similar light, unless of course, somebody has one to sell to me.

If the thing is not an exterior light, what is it?
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Old 04-08-2003, 01:06 AM   #2
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Cindy,
Can you post a picture so we know what light you're referring to?

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Old 04-08-2003, 10:33 AM   #3
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Here's a a clip of the part I'm curious about...I think it's a porchlight...? Anybody know where I could find one?
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Old 04-08-2003, 10:40 AM   #4
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Here is another similar clip from a 59 Falcon.
Maybe a porchlight?
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Old 04-08-2003, 12:01 PM   #5
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Our 59 Caravanner has one. It's made out of pot metal and chromed. It has three mounting points. Ours is held on with screews but my bet is it was originaly held on with rivits. It uses a 7watt night light bulb. It is 110v not 12v There will be a toggle switch on the wall inside up high to the left of the door near it's location inside.
They do not weather well. Our's looks like hell.
I have not started to hunt for one in better shape. I may just sand ours smooth and paint it bright aluminum to make it look better. If I run accross a suitable chrome replacement I'll let you know but it's not on my "to do" list for the next few months.
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Cindy and 59toaster,
My '59 does not have a porchlight, I would like to add one however. I'm surprised its 110 volt and not 12 volt. I would like to put in a 12 volt one with a switch just inside the door. My battery is just below that area in the dinette seat.

59toaster - is the metal too soft to get rechromed? I've had several interior parts chromed and they look great. Not too expensive either. Keep your eyes peeled for one for me as well. I would really appreciate it.

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Old 04-08-2003, 06:54 PM   #7
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Cindy,
My 56 Overlander also has a porch light located in a similar location. It IS 110v as I found out the hard-knocks way. It gives off just enough light to see the key hole and the steps (7 watts). I have heard old timers refer to this light as a "scare light" but it would need many more watts to really scare. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-08-2003, 10:46 PM   #8
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Thanks for the photo. It's good to see what it actually looks like.
Would it be that hard (expensive) to fabricate?
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Cindy,
It doesn't look like it would be hard to make...but I'm not into that. It does have three screws that hold it in place..it's like it has little ears...Another view. Maybe this will help you find someone to tackle the job.
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Smile scare light for 50's AS

Would anyone know of a East Coast shop that would chrome my old 1956 "scare light"? Mine is in good shape but its pitted and I would like to get it looking new again. I plan on adding LED to it to scare away the bad guys!
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Our '56 has one too. It is held on w/screws - not rivets. I have seen these occasionally on ebay...keep your eyes peeled. I believe it was made by Theo Bargman...many of the "little bits" like exterior lights were.

The thing that is scary about it though is it's 110v...pretty scary for an exposed exterior lamp. We are converting ours to 12v.

We also got a matching NOS door handle w/light (made by Theo Bargman) that will supplement the light level.



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Would anyone know of a East Coast shop that would chrome my old 1956 "scare light"? Mine is in good shape but its pitted and I would like to get it looking new again. I plan on adding LED to it to scare away the bad guys!
I know these "re-chrome guys" are getting pretty hard to find. We found one (only one!) in Colorado but he was a couple of hours away. If you have trouble locating one on the east coast, let me know - I'll give you the name of ours here. We mailed our bits to him and a couple of weeks later they were done and mailed back...so I'm sure he would do yours the same. Looked great, we are very happy with the results ~

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Not cheap...but totally worth it!

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Wow Shari, thats a cool light handle. I have had no luck so far here in NY finding a chrome place. Especially since I only want to pay $20!
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Wow Shari, thats a cool light handle. I have had no luck so far here in NY finding a chrome place.
I thought so too...not original...but the "cool factor" is way up there...I had to have it!
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Especially since I only want to pay $20!
Wwweeeellll, I probably won't be able to help you then ~ it was definitely more than $20

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