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studeclunker
01-03-2007, 09:33 PM
Are they compatible? They look like the same shape...

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/54wagonblue-2.jpg
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StudeDave57
01-03-2007, 09:44 PM
"Tail lights '53 vs '56? Are they compatible? They look like the same shape..."

'53 sedan? C/K? wagon?
'56 sedan? C/K? wagon?

I believe a parts book will tell the tale...
Now if only I had it handy!!! [B)] :( [V]

StudeDave [8D]
V/P San Diego County SDC
San Diego, Ca

'54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
'57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
'57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
'57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
'58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
'65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'

studeclunker
01-03-2007, 09:59 PM
there are several cosmetic differences between the two years. My question is wheather they would fit the housings. I have a broken lens on my '56 that I'd like to replace. Still, they're only twenty bucks from SI. Just wondering.

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?

54-61-62
01-03-2007, 11:11 PM
Ron,

I own a 54 & a 55....I don't think they are the same 53-56.

KF

N8N
01-03-2007, 11:18 PM
They are not. the housings are the same 55 and 56 I think that's it. they may be the same 53 and 54 as well, not sure.

nate

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55 Commander Starlight
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studeclunker
01-03-2007, 11:36 PM
So the lens from a '53 would not fit into the housing for a '56?

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
01-04-2007, 05:22 PM
Nope, of that I am sure. sorry.

nate

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

55s
01-05-2007, 12:15 AM
I'm not so sure for sedans and wagons.

For Cs and Ks, 55 and 56 chrome was the same, and the red lenses would interchange, but 55 is rounded, and 56 has a flat part. (i.e. they don't look the same but they will fit.)
53 and 54 CK chrome is also similar, and taillights would interchange but I can't remember if red lenses are identical - I think so.

53 sedan = 56 sedan ? I don't believe so - my recollection is that 53-55 sedans have the same taller trigular shape, while the 56 sedan is about the same height but the sides are parallel.

Sedans definitely do not interchange with CKs.

Paul

studeclunker
01-05-2007, 11:25 PM
thanks for the info. looks like I'll just have to save my pennies for a new one.

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?