Originally Posted by magnakansas
I have a 1954 ford/wayne. every light on my bus needs to be replaced. Mine no longer even have the silver reflectors inside... just rust... top clearance lights, brake lights, running lights ... all of it. In my case, even the wires are not very good anymore.
You might check out Painless Wiring. They make rewiring kits for restomod, etc., that are essentially full-length and color-coded wiring harnesses pre-terminated to a standard ATC-style fuse block. The downshot is that these kits are designed for 12V systems and likely wired to work with 12V system alternators, so if your '54 is still 6V, some other work / upgrades may be in order as well. I bought a kit about 20 years ago for $300 and they aren't that difficult to install, though some extensions may be needed for a bus.
As far as your original housings that now emulate ocean exposure, you might consider upgrading to LED replacements. Lots of options out there for semi tractors and other medium-to-heavy duty trucks, I'm sure something will look good on your bus.
Look into it -- I think you'd be surprised at how much easier it is than you may think. It really is a safety issue when you get right down to it and could lead to some expensive defective equipment tickets if the wrong cop latches on to your bus. Most officers I've dealt with were fair, even cool, but you do have the occasional few that are out to prove something.