View Full Version : Early turn signals?

11-22-2017, 08:44 AM
Was it possible to get '47 and '41 Studebakers with factory turn signals? Are there parts numbers for the column mounted gizmo? Any period correct(ish) popular third party stuff that were common dealer options? Bonus points for self canceling.

11-22-2017, 09:50 AM
My 1950 Champion has factory turn signals. I assume that the steering column was unchanged from 1947 on, allowing for turn signals.

11-22-2017, 10:35 AM
My '47 has a skinny steering column because three-on-the-tree. My '51 has a fat column because Automative Drive. I have no idea about '50s. I did find the column turn signal unit for the '51 a few years ago on eBay.

11-22-2017, 10:42 AM
Signalstat used to offer an add on that clamped onto the column and had a canceling wheel that ran against the steering wheel hub. I don't know if it was ever an official option.

11-22-2017, 11:14 AM
I have a 50 factory turn signal switch and the column it goes with if anyone is interested. Just need to find it again in the storage shed.

11-22-2017, 11:15 AM
Turn signals were available on all 47-52 cars, both "fat" and "skinny" columns.

I don't know about '41, but the '42 President coupe here has factory turn signals.

t walgamuth
11-22-2017, 01:47 PM
I remember the school bus when i was a small child having one of those with the little wheel on the shaft. It was a 49 chevy bus IIRC.

11-22-2017, 02:50 PM
I installed factory turn signals on my '47 Champion several years ago. When I replaced the original horizontal grille bars with the ones containing the signal lights, I found that the car's sheet metal has cut outs to accept the lamp bodies. The skinny steering column has the cams to automatically cancel the signals.

The part number for the 1947 Champion direction signal kit is AC-1390. For the 1947 Commander it is AC-1391. When I looked for the kit, I could not find one, so bought each of the component parts separately. That took a year or so, and was well worth it.

11-22-2017, 03:24 PM
It is VERY easy to see that Studebaker was WAY ahead of the Curve on Turn Signals, the Green Lens Arrows are right there in the Speedo or Dash Panel. :rolleyes:

Not all "Other" Cars had the provisions for the Turn Signal Option built-in like '47 to '54 Studebakers did.

Skip Lackie
11-22-2017, 03:33 PM
The parts book shows directional signals were first available on 1942 models. AC-1248 on Champions and AC-1247 on Commanders. I have a couple of extra 6v signal switches, but don't know what they were originally installed on.

11-22-2017, 09:58 PM
Is this something you can use?


11-23-2017, 08:46 AM
Is this something you can use?


I would use something like that, but it is not a Studebaker part. It appears to have a emergency flasher button as well as modern wiring. It is nice and shiny and has a Studebaker emblem.

11-23-2017, 01:47 PM
The 1947 Studebaker (and following years) direction signal switches were painted the same colour as the steering column. The beige colour varied slightly between different years.

11-23-2017, 02:47 PM
Whatda ya wanta bet, this guy is is Hawking Fresh New Pile of Chinese Junk?

Not un-used NOS items from long storage as he says.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/263336762745?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&fromMakeTrack=true (https://www.ebay.com/itm/263336762745?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&fromMakeTrack=true)

11-23-2017, 03:38 PM
I agree with Rich that it is most likely from China, and I'd rather use a real Studebaker part.

Here's a pair of 1941 horns, if you need them.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1941-Studebaker-horns-w-mounting-brackets/152791437372?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D201607271 14228%26meid%3Df406f6a76a1145adb3c041cfd1eba825%26pid%3D100290%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D 4%26sd%3D182876294693&_trksid=p2060778.c100290.m3507

11-23-2017, 04:43 PM
Whatda ya wanta bet, this guy is is Hawking Fresh New Pile of Chinese Junk?
Not un-used NOS items from long storage as he says.There WAS a time when the quality of Chinese manufactured parts were notoriously cheap and of poor. That is no longer a blanket statement we can make, as much of their production is now of very good quality. That said, false advertising is still false advertising.