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09-03-2008, 04:35 PM
It's a "box find"...similar to a barn find, only smaller. Last Saturday, I took dad to a farm auction to get him out of the house. Bid and won a box of some thirty old Minnesota license plates, most in great shape, ranging from 1941 to 1972. When I got home and dug to the bottom of the box, look what remained!


Is this from a wig-wag or was it used on other tailights? And when? The metal is still thick but it is surface rusted on both sides. What process would you use to clean this up. Would the electrolysis bucket eat away the metal too much? Gentle media blast (walnut shells or soda)? POR 15 over it? Leave it as-is?

60 Hawk. 49 2R5, 39 Champion
Woodbury, Minnesota

09-03-2008, 04:42 PM
Depends what you want to do with it, Bob. If you want to sell it, definitely don't do anything past soap and water- let the buyer decide. Probably the same if you're keeping it as an artifact.

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

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

09-03-2008, 04:52 PM
Tail Light. Set over the red glass lense. The round hole accomodates the pointed projected part of the glass lense. Richard Quinn can give you the specific model that this was used on. Neat suprise..

09-03-2008, 08:33 PM
That's neat, Bob. And go figure - what were the chances it'd find it's way into the hands of a Studebaker person???

Wig-Wag and fixed used such. I'd be tempted to make a night lite or garage decor lite out of it.[^]

Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

09-03-2008, 08:45 PM
The first thing I thought of when I saw it was World War II. Wouldn't something like that have come in handy during the War out here along the West Coast [?] [?] [?]
Or even on the 'other' Coast, maybe? [:0] ;) [:o)]

I'm way to young to know, but those are my thoughts...

StudeDave '57 [8D]

09-03-2008, 08:56 PM
That's pretty good size. I'm thinking 1920's since most later lights were much smaller. The lense on my '33 is 3" wide.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://s57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/Rockne/th_Rocknegauges.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight

09-03-2008, 10:13 PM

09-03-2008, 10:24 PM
Verrrry cool. I agree, what are the chances that you would find that instead of someone like an average ebay buyer for resale? I'd keep that for proof of the find story alone. I love that. :D:D[^]


Chris Pile
09-03-2008, 11:27 PM
Shouldn't be tough to replicate.

Chris Pile
Midway Chapter SDC
The Studebaker Special

09-04-2008, 02:22 AM
Gustafson's auto recyclers, Redding Ca, has one of those. Complete with the lens and housing. He won't let go of it either. Not for love or money.

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09-05-2008, 01:41 PM
my 27 commander has one just like it

27 commander 47 M5 50 2dr 51 conv. 50 starlite 37 coupe express