View Full Version : 1948 Studebaker Champion Engine Compartment Light.

03-03-2017, 11:33 AM
Hi, does anyone have a picture of the engine compartment light installed in the Champions in 1948? I've searched the Chassis and the Body Parts Catalogs, but I can't find it listed therein. However, the 1948 accessories brochure states that an "engine compartment" light was an option in 1948. Supposedly, it is an automatic lamp that turns on when the hood is raised and turns off when the hood is closed. So, it must have some sort of mercury switch inline with the light.

If someone has one and you can take a quick picture of it and post it, I'd certainly appreciate it.

As always, thank you for your help!

03-04-2017, 05:35 PM

It should have a mercury switch

Don't you already have this brochure?

03-05-2017, 12:47 AM
HI RadioRoy, thank you for the info...YES, I have the brochure and its getting warn down from the many times I've read it over and over, but the brochure doesn't offer any installation details or even a good clear picture of some of the items (the hood light being one of them). For the hood lamp, it just has what looks like an artists rendition of what it would look like, so it has not detail. (If its a photograph, its a really bad one).

Is the light similar in size to the glove box light? Or is the hood lamp bigger?

03-05-2017, 09:42 AM
This may not the exact one for '48's, but it looked a lot like this.


Dwain G.
03-05-2017, 06:47 PM
The photo Matt posted looks like the correct light, or very nearly so. Holes should already be present in the hood cross-brace.
Get a copy of the mounting instructions here: http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/Studebakertemplates.htm
Ask for:

Underhood Light - cars & M series, 2R Truck

Studebaker Wheel
03-05-2017, 09:06 PM
Actually Dwain all 1947-50. Below the installation instructions. I have most.


03-05-2017, 10:16 PM
Hi Matt / Dwain / Richard, THANK YOU very, very much!!! - This light is exactly the way I thought it should be. I didn't know where it should be installed, but Richard's installation drawing answered that question.

WOW!!! This forum is one of the best I've seen in a VERY long time and I've been on forums since 1990 when CompuServe began to connect to the then very young Internet.

Thanks you ALL again!

03-06-2017, 11:31 AM
So it lights without the headlight switch being on. That is a very good idea.

03-07-2017, 08:22 AM
I had a mid 80s Buick that I sent to the crusher but I kept the mercury switch/light from the trunk and hood. A mercury switch may be hard to find as it is considered a hazardous substance. Local auto wreckers are required by law to remove mercury switches and store them in an approved container for disposal when they enter the yard.