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Old 07-13-2008, 11:46 AM   #1
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Caravel cone light

Greetings from WI!

Need help trouble shooting a '67 cone light. I'm trying to insert the ball mechanism into the tube. This enables the light to swivel/twist in the direction needed to read at night. Any ideas? Thanks for your time!
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Old 07-13-2008, 06:23 PM   #2
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I took my lights compleatly apart,repainted them and reassembled. The ball on mine would not stay in the socket. I ended up placing the ball in the socket and compress it with my vise. I them used vice grips to close up the end of the socket and keep the ball in. I hope this makes sense. I have one more to do so I will try taking some photos and post them if you need.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:54 PM   #3
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TDOW, The "ball" is soft cast metal and wears down rapidly. The tube is soft aluminum and stretches easily. Basically a very poor design to start with. Alumanutz' solution is about as good as you can do short of finding a position for the light you like and epoxying it in permanently. Getting the wire back inside and replacing the socket is another joy with these lights. Darol
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Old 07-15-2008, 04:53 PM   #4
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cone light

Thanks you guys for your response. I'll give the "squeeze" method a try! Last time we used it, the light dropped down, hanging by its wires and even threw sparks! With all our humidity, I don't really need an electrical perm. Ha!
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