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Old 09-01-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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77 boler tail lights

I recently purchased a 1977 boler 13'. Its in decent shape except for some heavy oxidation on the lower half which I can deal with using a little elbow grease. My question is about the tail lights. They are not the round flush type found on most bolers. They have a square protruding frame which I do not
really find attractive. Can this housing be removed and the tail lights replaced with the original round type. I am attaching a couple of photos to illustrate the weird tail ight housing.

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Old 09-01-2012, 06:30 PM   #2
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Sam,
I don't think this is a boler, a boler descendant perhaps. Is there anything on the trailer that ID's it as a boler? Name Plates, VIN etc?

What does the area under the bench where the lights are look like?

It appears to me that the existing tail lights are aftermarket.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:37 PM   #3
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Have no idea about removing them but I would have to guess"after market"...no matter what brand it is.

Like you I think I would be looking into some other style of tail light....hate to dis anyones trailer,but since you already did( sort of) those things are ugly
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:28 PM   #4
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I have never seen lights like that on a boler before..... not saying its not a boler just wondering if its possible a modification done by the previous owner rather than how it was from the factory..... but then again you never know. On the bottom photo on the side of the trailer a few inches from the rear lights is that a little bit of white where there was some body work done? If so I would suggest that is where the small side markers were taken from.
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:10 PM   #5
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it is a boler

Inside the cabinet door is a sheet which states

Earlton MFG Co Ltd
PO Box 256
Earlton, Ont

Boler-1300-77
Serial # 2010

There is also a metallic plate on the left side

boler trailer
model 1300-77, serial 2010, date 8-76
GVWR 1250 GAWR 1200

I suppose I will try to remove them and see what is underneath. As far as I can tell there has been no body work done to the trailer.

Thanks for all your responses. I will post my remedy as I proceed.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:28 PM   #6
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Amazing!
And there are no marks under the benches to indicate that any body work has been done? No holes for side markers or other lights?

Maybe after the long weekend someone will be able to say.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:36 PM   #7
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Those do not look stock to me. The PO must have had that done. The lights themselves look like Princess auto product or at least boat/trailer light kit. I am going to go out on a limb and say those are definitely not stock. The research we have done looking for our Boler which lasted over a year we never came across lights like those.
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:36 AM   #8
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Interesting.

The lights themselves definitely look aftermarket.

But the housings look very well fitted and contoured to the body shell.

As Roy already asked; what does the inside of where the lights are mounted, under the benches look like?
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:40 AM   #9
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The inside under the rear bench seats shows no sign of any alteration. No
holes or marks from any other modification. My guess is that the housing itself might be "original" but the lights themselves are new and aftermarket. The housings are riveted to the fiberglass shell and there is no recess like most
original bolers have for the round tailights. The existing ones do work so I will keep them as is until I figure out how to go about replacing them with more
stylish light fixtures.

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PS my original water tank is also cracked and leaks like a sieve.
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The inside under the rear bench seats shows no sign of any alteration. No holes or marks from any other modification. My guess is that the housing itself might be "original" but the lights themselves are new and aftermarket. The housings are riveted to the fiberglass shell and there is no recess like most original bolers have for the round tailights. ...
Well, Sir! Sounds like you have an interesting and unique Boler.

Perhaps one to add to the albums and Boler History.

On second look, it does appear that the white panels are also added on to the body color housings. Perhaps to cover the mounting points of the original lights and act as a base for the new ones.
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Well, Sir! Sounds like you have an interesting and unique Boler.

Perhaps one to add to the albums and Boler History.
Does anyone else have an Earlton MFG Co Ltd Boler that was originally that color & with that style lights? Might be something to ask about on Bolerama site before rewriting Boler history based on one trailer
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Does anyone else have an Earlton MFG Co Ltd Boler that was originally that color & with that style lights? Might be something to ask about on Bolerama site before rewriting Boler history based on one trailer
You do realize that post was written in the subjunctive?
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You do realize that post was written in the subjunctive?
Yup but the test is which is it? A past or future or a present negative subjunctive?
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:25 PM   #14
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Inside the cabinet door is a sheet which states

Earlton MFG Co Ltd
PO Box 256
Earlton, Ont

Boler-1300-77
Serial # 2010

There is also a metallic plate on the left side

boler trailer
model 1300-77, serial 2010, date 8-76
GVWR 1250 GAWR 1200

I suppose I will try to remove them and see what is underneath. As far as I can tell there has been no body work done to the trailer.

Thanks for all your responses. I will post my remedy as I proceed.

Hi, I've been away but had bookmarked your post for a reply.

I also have an Earlton manufactured boler
model 1300-77 serial 2033, date 10-76

By all logical standards this means that mine was 23 units behind your on the assembly line. (That looks like they manufactured about 10 units per month). They are both the same colours, same bumper configuration and look identical except for the tail lights. Mine is the standard, inset housing with round lights. I did replace the originals with perfect fit LED lights. The area holding the lights is definitely molded right into the fiberglass body.

Please let us know when the mystery is solved.

Des
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