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jclary
03-31-2009, 08:58 PM
When I first acquired my 1955 truck, I was not long out of college. Now I am being offered “Senior Discounts” unsolicited. It dawned on me, the screeching tire close calls that were becoming more and more frequent might have something to do with a population of drivers who have no clue of what a “hand signal” is, or that any vehicle was ever sold without turn signals.

I purchased one of those column mount turn signal kits. I never have liked those “School Bus” style turn signals the Studebaker Dealers usually mounted on top of the C cab front fenders, so I used a couple of the old tear drop style amber truck clearance lights discreetly recessed in my grille openings for the front signals. For the rear, since the bulbs in the tail lights are “duel element” for brake lights, it was just a matter of following the wiring instructions. These kits usually come with 12 volt bulbs, so replacing them with 6v bulbs no problem. My mistake was in following the wiring instructions to the letter. The instructions were to attach the main fused power lead to the ammeter. Since this kit has the four way flasher option, I guess this was so that the emergency flashers would work independent of the ignition switch. Here is the problem… These signals are not “Self Canceling” That means you have to manually turn them off once you have made your turn. If you turn them on and forget, and they are wired to a “Hot” lead, you are going to drain your battery. Today, I wanted to use my truck for a local errand. As I opened the door to the truck, I immediately noticed the position of my signal switch. Sure enough, I had left it on and drained my battery. I connected my charger and immediately relocated the main signal power lead to the ignition switch. Emergency flasher or not, too many total drains of my battery will kill it. If you decide to add signals to a car that did not have them, use a “Switch Off “power source.


John Clary
Greer, SC
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studegary
04-01-2009, 01:43 PM
I am pretty sure that in New York State, all cars starting with 1953 had to have turn signals when initially sold. I guess that wasn't the case in all states.
A strange one in New York State is that front seat belts were required starting on January 1, 1965. This meant that some 1965 models did not have seat belts and some did.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

tutone63
04-01-2009, 03:10 PM
Those are great additions. I myself need to get a 'hazard flasher' setup for my lark. If I had one, I would have used it twice since I have owned it. Both for running out of gas. The last time it happened, in rush hour traffic, my wife said "turn your hazards on!" I replied "This car doesn't have any!" She said "Why??!?!?!" I said, 'Cause, they weren't required back in 1963!" So I turned on one of my turn signals in hopes that the flashing would at least get someones attention.

You are right about people not thinking that cars were made without turn signals at one point in time,a s most people don't pay attention to those kind of things. These days, hand signals are unheard of as well, which is a shame.

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Alan
04-01-2009, 03:40 PM
I have a 53K that my father bought new, but at the end of the 53 model run. He wanted a spot light and they wanted to sell him a 54 since they were not taking orders for 53's. He said the egg crate grill was too ugly. That and they wanted $60 for turn signals and in Calif. they were not required till 55.

Swifster
04-01-2009, 03:56 PM
The Daytona is getting hazards just in case. The belts will be used.

The seat belt law wasn't a New York law. It was federally mandated that all cars had to have them. That is why your state seat belt law excludes all cars built prior to January 1st, 1965. Now I have never seen wording that if you have belts in your car built prior to 1965 that if you don't wear the belt, you can be ticketed, but I've heard a few cops say, "If your car has belts, you have to wear them". I'd be wearing them anyways, but...

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jclary
04-01-2009, 04:28 PM
I think my truck was one of the most economical equipped trucks Studebaker ever shipped. When I bought it, it still had the original Willard soft top 6 volt battery in it. It has only one sun visor for the driver. It has only one outside key lock. That is on the passenger door. I suppose it was so the unsuspecting farmer wouldn’t exit in traffic and get run over by the city drivers when parking downtown. It was sold without a heater, and certainly… NO RADIO! It was shipped without the optional rear bumper. Heck, it only had one tail light! I am pretty sure signals were not required if a single tail light was OK. The truck was originally sold in Georga.Over the years, I have added a rear bumper, right side mirror, inside rear view mirror, right side tail light, heater, and a correct “period” aftermarket Motorola radio.


John Clary
Greer, SC
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ROADRACELARK
04-01-2009, 06:27 PM
John,

Do you know what city in Jawjah it was sold in?? Just curious.

Dan Miller
Atlanta GA

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8E45E
04-01-2009, 06:44 PM
quote:Originally posted by Swifster
Now I have never seen wording that if you have belts in your car built prior to 1965 that if you don't wear the belt, you can be ticketed, but I've heard a few cops say, "If your car has belts, you have to wear them".



The laws for Alberta basically read that way. If the car is a over a certain age, they are exempt, but if the car has them, you are required to use them. When I was driving my '65 Commander one summer evening, I was randomly pulled over at a check-stop, and the police officer did look inside to see if I was wearing my seat belt. However, he made no mention of a shoulder belt, or any other requirements applicable to later year cars.

Craig