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studeclunker
12-28-2006, 09:16 PM
Will a '55 clock fit in the dash of a '56? I don't know how much of a change they went through in the interiors. Kinda weak in the '50s area.[:I] But I'm learning!:D So, will it fit????

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/54wagonblue-2.jpg
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

N8N
12-28-2006, 09:20 PM
Not even close. the '55 clock was a little rectangular thing; '56 used a round clock the same size as the speedo and tach.

nate

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55 Commander Starlight
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studeclunker
12-28-2006, 10:01 PM
Same way as the last Larks, huh?

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/54wagonblue-2.jpg
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

N8N
12-28-2006, 10:12 PM
I'm guessing one of those would actually *fit* but that is just a guess.

It'd look kind of odd yet cool to see a 56-61 dash with green faced gauges!

I am ASSuming you are talking about a Hawk not a sedan... but IIRC the sedans used a small round clock also nothing like the '55.

nate

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N8N
12-28-2006, 10:17 PM
BTW here is a '55 dash for your perusal:

http://home.comcast.net/~njnagel/images/55coupe/N8d.jpg

same dash used on C-Ks and flat windshield sedans. Wraparound windshield sedans used a different dash that was still not similar to anything used in '56.

nate

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studeclunker
12-28-2006, 10:20 PM
Thanks Nate. I already know what the '55 dash looks like though. The '56 is the one that's unfamilliar. I still haven't picked up the wagon. So, is the '56 clock like the little 2" clock used in the '62s (in a stationwagon)?

The wagon is a Parkview and I'm assuming that it wouldn't come with a clock. Unlike the President, where I would.
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/54wagonblue-2.jpg
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

N8N
12-28-2006, 10:23 PM
ah... you have a wagon? then I'm not sure exactly what it looks like either :) but IIRC it has the obnoxious "bubble" speedo, glovebox in the middle, and radio grille in front of the passenger. Beyond that, my memory is a little furry. I'm sticking by my guess that it has a little round clock tho.

nate

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55 Commander Starlight
http://home.comcast.net/~njnagel

62champ
12-28-2006, 10:32 PM
Ron,

I believe '56 is when Studebaker went to the little clock you are thinking of (except in the Hawks). Someone can probably note the different ones available during those years because I am sure there were some differences.

I believe they were used up through '62 (except for the Champ trucks) when they switched over to the bigger 'full size' number used from '63 through '66.

Have fun with that speedo. Never have driven a Studebaker with one of those yet. Remember seeing NOS units at SASCO some years back.

Good luck.

1960 Lark VI - finally turned 50k in August of 2006

studeclunker
12-28-2006, 10:39 PM
LOL!:D I just hope I like the readout better! (LOL):D:D:D

Edit: Here we go again! This post should be two slots down, below John's. He compared the display of the speedo to an old bathroom Scale.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/54wagonblue-2.jpg
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

studeclunker
12-28-2006, 10:55 PM
Yeah, the only interior shot I have is the speedo:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/obnoxiousbubblespeedo.jpg

Obnoxious Bubble Speedo[?][?][?]LOL:D I just hope that this does not grow to be a problem. All of my cars have had analog speedos.



http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/54wagonblue-2.jpg
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

John Kirchhoff
12-28-2006, 11:12 PM
My '57 parts car has that bubble speedo, reminds me of the display on old fashioned bathroom scales.

Rosstude
12-28-2006, 11:14 PM
The manual lists the same clock for 56 and 57 for non C/K cars, and a different clock for 55. I just installed one, which I picked up from KGlowacky (thanks Ken) Here is a picture,
http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g27/Rosstude/IMG_04321-1.jpg
Here is a pic of the dash in the 57, the clock goes into the radio speaker grill on the passenger side,
http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g27/Rosstude/P6010090.jpg
You will need the clock, # AC-2755 (pictured), and bezel # 1541280 which is the same as used on the instrument panel. These clocks seem to be rather rare, and the prices reflect this. I watched a NOS one go on e-bay for over $200.
The clock I got was a Xmas gift to my wife, and I just installed it this evening, and will wire it up tomorrow morning. I will post a picture of the completed install tomorrow.
I kinda like the cyclops speedo[:p]

Ross.
Riverside, Ca.
1957 Provincial X2
1958 Transtar
1963 Lark

studeclunker
12-28-2006, 11:18 PM
I just hope the interior of my wagon is as beautiful as the picture you just posted. So the clock goes in that little black blank kitty-corner to the right under the radio?


I used to live in Riverside too. Down near the intersection of Arlington and Magnolia.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/54wagonblue-2.jpg
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

Rosstude
12-28-2006, 11:39 PM
Yes, that is the blank, it has 3 tabs bent outward to hold it. The chrome bezels have the same 3 tabs. The clock mounts to 2 studs protruding from the back side.
I had thought about using this clock,
http://hp.autometer.com/products/product_photos/0016xx/001686.jpg
Autometer #1686, at 2 1/16" it is just a tad small for the hole which is about 2 3/8". It did not look right though.

I grew up just down the street from Mag & Arlington, and yes, the parent navel orange tree is still there on the corner.

Ross.
Riverside, Ca.
1957 Provincial X2
1958 Transtar
1963 Lark

studeclunker
12-28-2006, 11:54 PM
Probably suffering from the shade of that tree just down the way like it was a few years ago, doubtless.

What is the measurement across the back of your (clock) case? the new one. By the by, if you decide not to use the quartz, I might be interested.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/54wagonblue-2.jpg
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

Rosstude
12-29-2006, 12:06 AM
I'll take some measurements in the morning.

[img=left]http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g27/Rosstude/11-27-061.jpg[/img=left]
Ross.
Riverside, Ca.
1957 Provincial X2
1958 Transtar

KGlowacky
12-29-2006, 02:50 PM
Yes the 56 wagon clock is the same size as the 57 which is pictured. The diff. is the face. The 56 has a black/white and gold face. It matches the gauges.They are very rare and I am the one on e-bay that paid $225.00 for the NOS clock. There has been one more on e-bay since that went for 125.00 used. That was a bargin. They are very very rare. Good luck. By the way ROSSTUDE how did the clock work out and did it make it in by christmas????

Rosstude
12-29-2006, 03:03 PM
The back casing of the clock is 2 5/16", but it just hangs in space, so this measurement means nothing. The I.D. of the bezel is 2 1/8", you must use this bezel, so this measurement could help if you use a aftermarket clock. The hole in the dash is 2 13/32", but has 3 slots that extend about 1/16" beyond that. The clock actually butts up to the rear of the bezel, from the rear, and fits against the back, but does not fit “into” anything.
Finished install,
http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g27/Rosstude/57Studeclock013.jpg
and,
http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g27/Rosstude/57Studeclock018.jpg

[img=left]http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g27/Rosstude/11-27-061.jpg[/img=left]
Ken, it works very well, after a cleaning and oiling. I had it connected to a battery, running for well over a month, and it gained about 1 minute. The wife is pleased, and so am I.
Ross.
Riverside, Ca.
1957 Provincial X2
1958 Transtar

KGlowacky
12-29-2006, 05:08 PM
Boy it looks great. It cleaned up well. Did you repaint or just take apart and clean??

Rosstude
12-29-2006, 10:41 PM
I took it apart, and painted the ring that is up front next to the lens with Testors model enamel, a flat antique white. The remainder of the face cleaned up with water with a tiny bit of dishwashing soap. I cleaned the mechanism carefully with electronics spray cleaner, and oiled with clock oil, and cleaned the points, and away she went.

[img=left]http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g27/Rosstude/11-27-061.jpg[/img=left]
Ross.
Riverside, Ca.
1957 Provincial X2
1958 Transtar