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Deaf Mute
11-09-2010, 05:59 PM
I got a note from a newspaper reporter friend of mine asking if Studebaker ever had a "Third headlight" for their cars in '50 or '51.
Of course I told him that Studebaker never did... but... If I remember right J.C.Whitney, Western Auto, or someone was selling a kit that tied the center steering to a light they provided for the bullet nose. Does anyone have an old ad or any information that I can show him?

Tahiti Coral
11-09-2010, 06:03 PM
Perhaps he had it confused with a Tucker?

11-09-2010, 07:04 PM
I think the aftermarket center headlight kits for '50-'51's were just that...Headlights!

The steering thing was the Tucker.

11-09-2010, 07:30 PM
I got asked the same question today. I said that was a Tucker, never heard of this for Stude???

11-09-2010, 07:35 PM
Duane, I'll get hold of Quinn, if any one knows, he will. I'll email you what I find out.

11-09-2010, 07:52 PM
My Father had the J.C Whitney third headlight kit in his 50 or 51(had one of each) and it came on with high beam as I recall.this was in 59 or 60 and the cop said it was not legal and had to go,Dad said it was legal and would stay right where it was! (but there was nothing to do with the steering)

11-09-2010, 08:11 PM
I received some photos from a coworker last summer. A friend of his picked up this '51:

Besides the replaced bullet, the car is reported to be reasonably stock. I despaired of trying to convince the owner that the third headlight was not a factory option.

Chris Pile
11-09-2010, 08:19 PM
Well, it does look quite at home.

11-09-2010, 08:24 PM
On a '51, if you remove the shroud (that holds the hood lock) over the bullet and look down near the radiator mount on the right, there is a U-shaped channel thru that reinforcement. I always thot that was for a rod to go to a light replacing the bullet.

Kinda like the hole for the engine crank that came stock with most of the '46 models of EVERYTHING. I know of at least one car that actually came with a crank. Just in case.


Deaf Mute
11-10-2010, 08:44 AM
Thanks guys... I appreciate your help and I will pass this info on to my reporter.

11-10-2010, 09:46 AM
Does any SDC Member have one of these kits for sale? I would like to purchase a kit.

11-10-2010, 01:45 PM
Duane, sent an email to your home. Cut and pasted Quinn's rersponse. Maybe you should steer "your" reporter to Quinn at RTQ11@comcast.net for the full story and photos.

I had a '52 Crosley but, didn't know I could have replaced that noisey propeller in the center of the grill with a third light.