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StudebakerGene
03-13-2017, 02:21 PM
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Seems like taillights come and go, mostly go I guess since most of the time you are viewing them from behind the vehicle. I know manufacturers spend a lot of money designing different parts of a vehicle and I remember some pretty fancy taillights and headlights through the years but, all of the sudden, here comes plastic and everything changed! My situation is probably a little different than most because a lot of vehicles from 1937 only had one taillight which most times also served as a tag receptacle, so trying to find two matching (art deco looking) taillights becomes a chore and very expensive if you are looking for decent ones. I searched a lot of swap meets, came up with one of everything. A buddy of mine spotted these fine 37 Chrysler Coupe Convertible taillights in a local car advertisement and sent the ad to me, a little previewing and I was certain these were the ones. They had glass lenses and little glass jewels in the center--- They were perfect, what better to put on a 1937 than 1937 taillights. I had to gut them, trim down the pedestal bases a small amount and I saved the glass lenses and center jewels after witnessing how much they commanded on Ebay, replaced the innards with my 1950 Pontiac LED'S. Wasn't too hard, a little foam technology and wallah, Art deco look with modern LED'S. I personally think they compliment the front headlight bullets to the tee, more pictures after they are permanently mounted. We finally got the new 2" wider fenders on and a roll pan, also added 10" wide wheels and new tires, fronts aren't installed yet, more pictures later---

Coupe Express
03-13-2017, 03:26 PM
The 1937 Dodge taillights are identical to the 1937 Studebaker taillights, including the bezel and lens. The only difference in the Chrysler ones you have is the bezel and lens. See link:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1937-1938-Dodge-Plymouth-Chrysler-Desoto-Tailight-Bucket-Assemblies-Original-/292053893000?hash=item43ffc4bf88:g:1rEAAOSwXYtYxeCT&vxp=mtr

StudebakerGene
03-13-2017, 04:02 PM
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Coupe Express,
While the Dodge tailights might be close, check the length on the buckets for the Chrysler--- way longer and like you said, the lenses are monumentally different. The Dodge are stumpy, there are a lot of choices out there

jclary
03-13-2017, 04:20 PM
Great progress. Someday, I wanna ride! As for tail lights, especially on a CE...some of the "coolest" I ever saw was on the late Bob Yale's Red '37 CE. A pair of fully functional Wig-Wag lanterns. Perhaps someone here has a pic they could post.

StudebakerGene
03-13-2017, 05:31 PM
I really like these particular taillights as I said, they seem to match the headlight buckets nicely and after looking for sometime now, I settled on them. Truck is progressing good, a lot of parts for the bed I need (floor) I wont have until after Bob Peterson gets back from South Bend, he's gonna pick up some parts for me there and my new "Glide" seat,(bench) should be here in 2 more weeks so we can start thinking interior, I wish I would be finished for the International but surely I can make next years with both trucks---

52-fan
03-14-2017, 09:42 AM
Those lights will look great on your truck. One of my pet peeves is vehicles where the tail lights look like an afterthought conceived when the builder was in a hurry to finish the project. IMHO Cheap trailer lights are the worst examples.

tomlewis
03-14-2017, 09:45 AM
62844Here is a photo of the wig-wag taillight on my '37 Coupe-Express. I'd post a video of it working (all lit up and the lantern swinging back and forth), but I have enough trouble just posting regular photos. I also used passenger car taillights on the fenders and used the original taillight bracket simply as a license plate holder. Tom

StudebakerGene
03-14-2017, 10:09 AM
Wow Tom,

that is a pretty sweet set up, while I liked the passenger car taillights, I find them to be too small for driving out here in Cali. People not only almost run you over "gawking," I find that having those nice bright LED"S out back make all the difference in the world, that was my reasoning for grafting the two together. These Chrysler taillights were expensive but I noticed one Wig-Wag taillight on Ebay and it was $850 and one Chrysler like mine for $380.... whew! nice Truck

StudebakerGene
03-14-2017, 10:51 AM
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I couldn't wait last night to get them burning, took a while to upload the photo this A.M., I think my computer is fixing to "throw a Rod." I think these will work fine, I'm sure its not what the original designers figured but what the hell. I moved the license plate up even with the bed floor after installing the roll pan as well, now a little weld up where the old lights were and there you have it. Cleaned up the back real nice and since I'm not going to run a rear bumper, this is one step closer to finishing up!

rockne10
03-14-2017, 07:55 PM
There were at least two wig-wags for sale at York last weekend.

Dick Steinkamp
03-14-2017, 09:25 PM
Great pic of the CoupeX next to the Ford! :!:

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=62845&d=1489506442

Jett289
03-14-2017, 11:56 PM
That f150 is a monster compared to the coupe express .. Ugh !!

jclary
03-15-2017, 06:07 AM
That f150 is a monster compared to the coupe express .. Ugh !!

Ain't it great! I love the picture.:D Although the CE is modified, it retains its unmistakable identity.

The F-150 demonstrates how far the lowly little pickup has evolved to the universal "can do it all" vehicle that was basically a little "niche" market offering that began in the "Art Deco" era.:!:

8E45E
03-15-2017, 06:47 AM
Ain't it great! I love the picture.:D Although the CE is modified, it retains its unmistakable identity.

I believe the F150 has also been modified.

Craig

StudebakerGene
03-15-2017, 09:31 AM
The F150 is actually a "Raptor" and it is bone stock except for the motor... (fuel injectors, throttle body, air intake) and while I love driving the Raptor, nothing puts a smile on my face like the C.E. does, I swear people love this truck to death, it really makes it all worthwhile when they ask what it is and you tell them Studebaker, I always wait for the jaw to drop---

jclary
03-15-2017, 10:09 AM
The F150 is actually a "Raptor" and it is bone stock except for the motor... (fuel injectors, throttle body, air intake) and while I love driving the Raptor, nothing puts a smile on my face like the C.E. does, I swear people love this truck to death, it really makes it all worthwhile when they ask what it is and you tell them Studebaker, I always wait for the jaw to drop---

I have learned that there is a certain segment of society, self involved vacant eyed numb souls, who never acknowledge the presence of a vintage or exotic vehicle. Some of them that do, seem to view them as "roadkill" to be avoided. However, As the years go by, for those who enjoy vintage cars, the excited response is about the same for ANY Studebaker. And like most of us, I enjoy the little horn beeps & thumbs up.:!:

One thing about the CE, is that Studebaker was so muted with its branding. I think that amplifies the Jaw Dropping when you reveal what it is. Then, comes the skepticism. Even on a completely stock museum restoration, most people alive today, cast a doubtful glance that it was made that way. Same for a business coupe, (no matter what brand), I constantly get asked why I removed the back seat, or shortened the top?


Then there's the goofy questions. Like when you are standing behind a Studebaker pickup, with the big bold STUDEBAKER name blasted across the tailgate, and someone asks,"What make is this?":rolleyes: Then you respond, "Studebaker!" And, incredibly, (Awkward pause) the next question..."Who made Studebaker?":confused: Same kind of exchange for those of us with "year of make" tags. On my '48 Coupe, with 1948 boldly printed next to the Stude wheel logo, and my '55 truck with 1955 tags on front & rear, I still get the "What year is this?" question. ...all part of the joy of preserving one of these relics.:!:

StudebakerGene
03-15-2017, 10:24 AM
People are naturally curious anyway, we all are to some degree. The more curious people are, the more they seem to be attracted to the daringly different! Some of the looks I get seem to broadcast, "are you crazy driving that? My all time best is little kids, I love to watch them come up to the C.E., they think it's a cartoon character like the CARS movie--- kids are great!

8E45E
03-15-2017, 01:11 PM
The F150 is actually a "Raptor" and it is bone stock except for the motor... (fuel injectors, throttle body, air intake) and while I love driving the Raptor, nothing puts a smile on my face like the C.E. does, I swear people love this truck to death, it really makes it all worthwhile when they ask what it is and you tell them Studebaker, I always wait for the jaw to drop---

From the camera angle, it appears to have a lift kit installed.

Craig

StudebakerGene
03-15-2017, 01:43 PM
Yeah Craig, the driveway also slopes down as well but, that's why I bought the Raptor. It's basically a pre-runner, which gives it a lot of suspension travel out in the rough stuff. I've had it in the desert and that's where it's really shines, with all that clearance you can get into trouble quick. I think it's funny that the top of the C.E. cab is barely over the box on the Raptor.