Originally Posted by kbw0221
I would love to reuse these lights. The problem is the socket for the bulb is totally rusted and un-repairable. The glass lense and bezel are reusable, but the socket has had it. The socket is attached to the surface mounting plate as one unit.
Most automotive supply shops sell replacement sockets. You have to carefully drill out the rivet that holds the socket to the base and install the new one. You may need to do a bit of fabricating but it's not a big job. If you don't have the tools or desire to try that you might find a small shop who would, or a friend/neighbor?
These types of lights were also used on other vehicles at the time. Mac trucks as an example had similar lights if not identical, and International trucks as well as Divco's, and we believe they are the same lights. Automotive swap meets are a great place to find stuff like this. We found three at the Monroe, WA swap meet the first weekend in October that our friend needed for his '52. He paid a total of less than $10 for all three and they needed cleaning but otherwise are fully functional.
Check out the vintage truck sites on the web, as one route. Go to your local auto parts store and check out their replacement light socket supply and see just how close you can get, and also determine if you are up to doing the repair yourself. If not, ask the folks at the parts supply if they know anyone who might be willing/able to undertake it. They may be aware of a hobbyist who supplements his income or supports his car habit by doing odd jobs for people.
In the meantime I'll keep my eye out for an extra functional unit and if one comes up will let you know.