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Old 04-11-2007, 03:05 PM   #1
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Pot metal adjustable reading lamps

Hi, all:

I have a 1966 28' Ambassador that has the little pot metal reading lamps on the walls by the front couch/bed and back bed. Of course, the rounded end of the lamp has popped out of the socket so some are hanging by the electrical wiring. No one has wanted to try fixing them because they say the pot metal is very fragile and can disintegrate easily.

Does anyone know how to fix these? I have two sets of two, and two individual ones so I don't want to replace them. I can't figure out how to attach photos. I have tried and they don't want to attach.

Thanks.
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Old 04-11-2007, 03:09 PM   #2
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Hi,

Do they look like these...?



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Old 04-11-2007, 03:33 PM   #3
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No, unfortunately. Let me see if I can upload a photo. The last one was to large. Yep, I managed it. Thanks! Of course, these are not unhinged. I can take a photo of the unhinged one, if that would help.
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Old 04-11-2007, 03:51 PM   #4
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i have the same lights with similar problems.

if you look where the ball of the lamp housing goes into the socket it is keyed. if you rotate the lamp upsidedown you will see a groove in the ball that the key slides into and it should pop into place. then you rotate the lamp down and it should stay in place. i say should because either the ball or the socket on mine is worn and it will not stay in plac on two of my lamps. i am thinking of trying a hard coating of some sort on the ball to help it stay in place.
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Old 04-11-2007, 04:14 PM   #5
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Thanks so much! I didn't turn it upside down and did not want to force it in. Here is a photo of one "unhinged" (I think; I am having problems with photos being "too large"). Mine sounds like yours, however.
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Old 04-11-2007, 04:22 PM   #6
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when you push it back in take the bulb out and push from inside the lamp right above the ball.

you can see the key that i was talking about in your photo.

if it falls out again as i suspect it might, because thats what my lamp does and it looks just like that, try diping it in something like por 15 silver to build up the circumfrence. that is the best material i can think of at this point but i have not tried yet.
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Thanks so much! I didn't turn it upside down and did not want to force it in. Here is a photo of one "unhinged" (I think; I am having problems with photos being "too large"). Mine sounds like yours, however.
Repair parts for that "bullet" lamp have not been avaialble for over 30 years.

All you can do is replace the lamps.

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Old 04-11-2007, 06:59 PM   #8
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... Does anyone know how to fix these? ...
Hi Jesse,

My '67 Airstream has the exact same lights. Two of the lamps on two separate fixtures had the problem indicated in your picture. After trying a couple of repair methods that would keep them adjustable, I glued the socket back to the ball.

Hot glue was the first choice in case I wanted to re-aim them. That failed after two trips (I hope Andy doesn't read this or he will chant "running gear balance" )

5-minute epoxy ended up being the optimum fixative. I had my wife sit under the broken lamp with one of her favorite dime novels after the knuckle was coated with the stuff. As soon as the proper aim was achieved, I stood there for five minutes or so wiping any drips that formed at the joint.

Several thousand miles later, the bullets are still where I fused them.

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What I did for mine i went to Lowes and got the parts to a lamp . The parts to mke your own lamp and made it a fixed lamp. We hardly ever change the position so I made It fixed at the one spot. It looks good and kinda close to original If I get a chance I will post a pic.
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Thank you so much!
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Thanks, Andy. I looked for them on your site before posting here and figured I would just have to fix them.
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Thanks for the info, Tom!
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Thanks so much! I didn't turn it upside down and did not want to force it in. Here is a photo of one "unhinged" (I think; I am having problems with photos being "too large"). Mine sounds like yours, however.
Try 'JB WELD' It works on a lot of different metals and can even be drilled and tapped after it is completely cured.
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