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Old 08-11-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
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Need help finding 1958 License Plate Bracket

Hi everyone,

We want to replace our rusted out license plate bracket. We looked online at VTS but they don't seem to carry our style of bracket. We've attached a picture of ours if anyone can help.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:02 PM   #2
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eBay, or take it to a chrome shop, they can do amazing things with rusty old parts.
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:32 AM   #3
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eBay is probably going to be the best bet if you want a new/different one. They were made by Bargman. There is one on there right now... just the first one I found, probably more.

Vintage Trailer Supply doesn't make the entire thing, but does carry a few parts.

1. Yours looks like it may have been chromed? Can't tell for sure by the photo, but it is rust on there? Ours is aluminum and it shined up when we took it off and polished it when we were polishing our trailer. It can be re-chomed, it just will not be perfect due to the corrosion. See what your local plating guy says. If yours is aluminium, just polish it with the different stages of polish - gray bar for the first heavy cut to get the major oxidation off, then the other compounds for shining.

2. The end cap on yours is metal. Ours was a red lens because there is a light in there - VTS does carry the replacement lens, it's new, but made for this specific part. (and the light and wire if you want to light yours up.)
Trail-Lite 4 Lens

3. You can keep your original and just get the bracket which will hold your plate. That is still made. They sell it at VTS.
Bargman Trail-Lite #5 License Bracket

This photo is from the VTS website:

Good Luck!!

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Old 08-12-2012, 09:31 AM   #4
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You can buy a new one! - Dan Piper, in Indiana, looks like he has a source to get/manufacture new ones. :: Vintage Campers, Vintage Trailers, Vintage Parts, Vintage Restorations

He also has the license plate bracket for sale too. He also has a vintage one listed for sale. Dan has a nice selection of vintage parts and some new parts. I get lots of items from him and VTS.

Again, good luck!

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Bargman #5 lense ?

Any one know where to get the clear lenses for the License Plate lite ?
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