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Old 06-12-2009, 12:19 PM   #1
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Smile Vintage Tail Light Blasphemy

Well I just had to do it!
Couldn’t leave well enough alone when I saw the new 20 LED Stop/Turn/Tail lights for $36.99 a pair. Red Round 20 LED Truck Trailer Stop Turn Tail Lights:eBay Motors (item 140325319156 end time Jun-16-09 02:22:55 PDT)
Could they really be the right size to fit into the Bargman wedding cake lens?
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Interesting. So, are you thinking about placing this inside of the Bargman 99 lens? Or is this for the Bargmen 6/11?
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:29 PM   #3
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I got them in AND........
Here we go....
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Oh! That's very cool and something I will use. Thanks!
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Let us know if they will fit,I must park my trailer out in the swamp to keep zoning off my butt. Dave
OK,you answered it,I`m a slow typer. Dave
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Well it was a very close fit!

But not perfect…..I had to enlarge the mounting holes slightly in the new lens for them to match the Bargman lens screw posts. See the last picture.
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Bear with me!
The installation is complete and I am very happy with how it turned out. It is not simple as the post of the new tail light extends thru a hole you have to cut in the tail light housing & trailer!
I will also show how I converted the license plate lite & clearance lights to LED.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:41 PM   #8
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The thickness of the new tail light outer flange works well as it will act as a spacer to prevent the outer lens from being screwed down so hard that it cracks the lens. Reportedly a common problem.
Ok, so we need to remove the bulb holders from the light base plate.
Drill out the rivits!
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After the bulb holders were removed I saved the bases for cleaning the rust off & repainting. Here's what the license plate light assembly looked like. It is a Hollywood Accessories Model D42 model which is not available anymore.
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After seeing the only license plate light replacements available, I decided I really wanted to restore this one.
LED?
Here is what I decided to try to convert.
White LED Truck RV ATV Trailer License Plate Light:eBay Motors (item 140326561215 end time Jun-21-09 21:04:35 PDT)
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Another picture of the existing old light assembly.

AND
The new LED light assembly, "disassembled"

Hang in there Ladies & Gents cause I will get back to the tail lights!
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VTS has two replacment sizes like the one you have. License Plate Light Bracket - Smaller. I see from the next post you have it covered.
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When I started this all of my focus was getting better lighting for safety reasons. I had no idea I was going to find the beginnings of significant corrosion under all of the exterior lights.
I took the time to clean up the corrosion & rust stains and I would reinstall the light fixtures with neoprene gaskets and Vulkem. In the end, this seems as important as the light upgrade!
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VTS has two replacment sizes like the one you have. License Plate Light Bracket - Smaller. I see from the next post you have it covered.
VTS has one larger (shape is very different) and one smaller (same shape as the one I have but smaller)
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