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Green53
09-02-2008, 10:51 PM
I have a Delco Wonderbar radio that I removed from a 57 Packard Clipper about 30 years ago. I can't find my literature right now that tells about it. I know it was used in 55-57 Packards and many GM cars as top of the line. Was it ever available in a Studebaker? Is it a desirable item. I may put it in the trunk and bring it to Lancaster.
Denny L

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barnlark
09-02-2008, 11:22 PM
Yes, and bring it for my trunk. [^][^][^]

53k
09-03-2008, 11:05 AM
quote:Originally posted by Green53

I have a Delco Wonderbar radio that I removed from a 57 Packard Clipper about 30 years ago. I can't find my literature right now that tells about it. I know it was used in 55-57 Packards and many GM cars as top of the line. Was it ever available in a Studebaker? Is it a desirable item. I may put it in the trunk and bring it to Lancaster.

As far as I know it was available in Studebakers. I had a '60 Hawk with one. While I don't know if it came in the Hawk I think it was original as the car was really decked out and the man who had owned it for many years couldn't have cared less about radios.


Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine
1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)

2R5
09-03-2008, 11:19 AM
Does it work ?




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StudeRich
09-03-2008, 11:23 AM
It would have to be a 1958 to 1960 or '61 Studebaker option, since that size and type Delco radio fits those years. Those are the radios with the fat push buttons.

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

Green53
09-03-2008, 02:06 PM
I would guess it should be serviced as capacitors dry out. It has been in my stash ever since I took it out of the car. I really don't know if it works. I just happened to think about it last night and got it out of the cabinet in the garage.
Denny L

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Green53
09-03-2008, 03:13 PM
I see there is a Wonderbar radio in the 57 Packard that is currently on this tread.
Denny L

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff85/Daytona64/53Stude2015.jpg

studegary
09-03-2008, 08:04 PM
I looked in the Salesmen's Data Books for 1957 (Studebaker) and 1958 (Studebaker-Packard). The '57 book just lists the manual tune and push button radios. The 1958 book lists those two plus the Signal Seeker Radio and shows the Signal Seeker in a President.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

barnlark
09-03-2008, 10:29 PM
I'm serious. Bring it to Lancaster. We can test it and I would love to have it and pay accordingly. Not a good negotiation method, but there it is.[^]

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8E45E
09-03-2008, 10:41 PM
quote:Originally posted by studegary

I looked in the Salesmen's Data Books for 1957 (Studebaker) and 1958 (Studebaker-Packard). The '57 book just lists the manual tune and push button radios. The 1958 book lists those two plus the Signal Seeker Radio and shows the Signal Seeker in a President.



From the 1959 Fact Book:

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Craig

Green53
09-03-2008, 11:02 PM
It doesn't look like the picture that Craig put on. Much fancier. The radio is in the car and we are in route to PA with stops in between.
Denny L

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff85/Daytona64/53Stude2015.jpg

barnlark
09-03-2008, 11:06 PM
That's what I was hoping for. Should look like that.

58PackardWagon
09-04-2008, 03:36 AM
Denny with the way the radio sat in the 57 along with the speaker, it would be very difficult to get this set up to work in a number of Studebakers due to its overall size. The 58's were reworked for Packard and the speaker was not part of the overall unit. Does yours have the speaker sitting on top of it?

Joe Barrier

58 Packard Wgn (Parade Red)
58 Packard Wgn (Park Green)
58 Packard Sdn (Shadowtone Red)
62 Daytona (White)
63 R2 Lark (Super Red)
57 Packard Wagon parts car
57 Packard sedan parts car
58 Packard 2 dr hdtp parts car

Green53
09-04-2008, 08:48 AM
It is a two piece unit. Power supply and speaker in one part and radio head in the other.
Denny L

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MikeW
09-04-2008, 09:02 AM
The Signal Seeking radio was a $101.50 option in the Packard Hawk. That was a lot of money back in 1958 so not too many ordered this option. I believe the same radio was used in some GM products.

Mike
www.packardhawk.com

Johnnywiffer
09-04-2008, 09:56 AM
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It appears the parts sticking thru the dash on these are 3 different sizes and/or shapes. The Packard dial area appears to be slimmer than the Studebaker "Signal Seeker". And the '57 Studebaker appears not to be able to fit either of the others. I guess I'd just have to see them together.

Oooops my flying fingers out ran my laggard brain. The Packard radio above is ONLY for the '57 (tho I understand it also fits the '55-'56) The '58 Packard face plate is the same size and shape as the Studebaker radio of the same year.

(Evil vendor warning: I have a WonderBar radio for sale on ebay.):D

John

5859
09-04-2008, 10:21 AM
I have one for my 58, it is the "Studebaker" model. It is my beliefe that they used the same radio behind the face plate and such as the packard, and if you can find the appropriate hardware, they will interchange, but I am not sure about that.

5859
09-04-2008, 10:23 AM
I guess I should clarify that, mine has the fat pushbuttons, instead of the slender ones used in the packard. Funny how many Studebakers were ordered without a radio period.

torker
09-04-2008, 06:57 PM
quote:Originally posted by Johnnywiffer

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It appears the parts sticking thru the dash on these are 3 different sizes snd/or shapes. The Packard dial area appears to be slimmer than the Studebaker "Signal Seeker". And the '57 Studebaker appears not to be able to fit either of the others. I guess I'd just have to see them together.

(Evil vendor warning: I have a WonderBar radio for sale on ebay.):D

John
I have a '57 Packard Wonderbar, and a 58 also, & both are in the cars. They do not interchange, as the 57 uses a larger dial face and the opening in the dash is larger. I also have a 58 Packard pushbutton radio, and it is very close in appearance to those found into the early 60's models (Studebakers).

8E45E
09-04-2008, 06:58 PM
quote:Originally posted by MikeW

The Signal Seeking radio was a $101.50 option in the Packard Hawk. That was a lot of money back in 1958 so not too many ordered this option. I believe the same radio was used in some GM products.



And contrary to popular belief, a radio WAS availaible on a Scotsman, including AC-2907 Signal Seeker radio...

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/121/309084513_1bf70590a7_o.jpg

and if that wasn't enough, you can spend some more and go for AC-2778 dual rear antennae on your '58 Scotsman!![:0]

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Craig

barnlark
09-04-2008, 09:13 PM
Green53, any chance of a picture?


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bams50
09-04-2008, 09:33 PM
Here's John's on eBay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT&viewitem=&item=280263760984

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

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41 Frank
09-04-2008, 09:51 PM
They are on the road as of today heading towards Lancaster Barnlark. The radio will be on our swap table at Lancaster. Look for vendor "Howards Parts"


quote:Originally posted by barnlark

Green53, any chance of a picture?


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53k
09-04-2008, 09:58 PM
Saw a '60 Lark today with a Wonderbar radio- appeared to be original.



Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine
1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)

barnlark
09-05-2008, 12:24 AM
[quote]Originally posted by 41 Frank

They are on the road as of today heading towards Lancaster Barnlark. The radio will be on our swap table at Lancaster. Look for vendor "Howards Parts"

Thanks..will check it out. I'm not there ten days early for my arrival date, though. :D The '58 Signal Seeker seen above is the one I'd like. That is the same dash fit as mine.

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