View Full Version : Electrical: Need help with 1941 Champion running light socket

05-31-2018, 09:42 PM
My 1941 Champion headlight buckets were in poor shape. The very small running light socket was unusable in both buckets and had to be removed.

I have not yet been able to locate an original style replacement socket, or an alternative socket that will fit inside the headlight bucket. Lots of sockets out there but most are for larger bulb sizes.

Does anyone have experience with finding an original, or an alternative socket?
Thanks for any help.

Frank DuVal
05-31-2018, 10:22 PM
What bulb number or base size?

05-31-2018, 10:54 PM
Bulb is #55. That's all the info I have at this point.

05-31-2018, 11:28 PM
OK, those are the larger 6 Volt INSTRUMENT Light Bulbs, so a socket for or From a dash for either the #53 or #55 will work with a little "Tweaking" to mount it. ;)

All Studebaker Cigar Lighter Lights, 6 and 12 Volt HAVE such a Socket!

06-01-2018, 02:32 AM
Try Rhode Island Wiring.
Sockets are listed under "supplies". They also sell socket parts, springs buttons and contacts.
http://www.riwire.com/Catalogs/sup/pages/junction.htm .
Home page is: http://www.riwire.com/ .

06-01-2018, 06:58 AM
As I recall the parking light bulbs were brass sockets just pressed or crimped into a metal bracket at the bottom of the bucket. No reflector or anything. Unless the steel is rusted out you may be able to salvage the old sockets with new contacts. Worst case mounting a socket back there any way you can will function just as well as the stock system.

I have a 46 Stude instrument light harness that I think had Mazda 55 bulbs in it. They are pretty rough but take a look and let me know if you think they would help:
I also have these but I have no idea what the application is. Look like marker lights of some sort:


06-01-2018, 11:40 AM
I got new parking light sockets at NAPA for my 2R15 for $5 each about seven years ago. Part number ECH LS6492. It might work in your application.

06-01-2018, 05:46 PM
The Rhode Island Wiring Co. looks like a great resource, but they surely are not inexpensive. I guess everything seems to cost more than I think it should. Does that make me a CASO? I'm only 56, and now a starter, or alternator, costs as much as a rebuilt long block used to.

06-01-2018, 11:14 PM
Thank you, sir.

06-01-2018, 11:15 PM
I meant to say thanks to all you gents who took the time to reply with good ideas and very specific information. Very helpful, and very much appreciated!

06-02-2018, 04:50 AM
Had a similar problem on a brand X car. The bulb holders were completely corroded away. Fitted LED lights, they work and you can only tell by opening the housing.