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TWChamp
03-20-2017, 02:03 AM
I just spotted this on ebay, and am wondering why it only fits right hand drive cars?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Studebaker-Right-Hand-Drive-Cars-Only-Dual-Headlight-Outer-Sealed-Beam-Pair-NOS-/252194670329?hash=item3ab7f946f9:g:D8YAAOSwYHxWQSPR&vxp=mtr

Aussie Hawk
03-20-2017, 03:56 AM
A headlight for RHD cars throws the high beam slightly to the left so as not to dazzle on coming traffic. We have to change the the headlights in cars imported from the US before we can registered them here.

t walgamuth
03-20-2017, 04:23 AM
Its the same with UK cars.

jclary
03-20-2017, 06:19 AM
A headlight for RHD cars throws the high beam slightly to the left so as not to dazzle on coming traffic. We have to change the the headlights in cars imported from the US before we can registered them here.

Gee..., I thought all Studebakers Dazzled oncoming traffic!!!!:ohmy::!:;)

57pack
03-20-2017, 09:51 AM
Had personal experience with RHD headlamps in LHD vehicle.
Had a 1960 Morris Minor DHC with RHD Lucas PL700's installed. Even on low beam I would be flashed by oncoming vehicles.

LarkTruck
03-20-2017, 10:11 AM
Gee..., I thought all Studebakers Dazzled oncoming traffic!!!!:ohmy::!:;)

Good one John! Nice to finally to meet you in York!
Jim

StudeRich
03-20-2017, 01:14 PM
He has the Studebaker Part Number for a 12 Volt Two Headlight System, that would be a 6012 Here, I wonder what a RH Drive Industry Standard Part Number was from the Mfg. GE, Sylvania, Mazda, Guide etc. a 6012-R? :confused:

You could put one of these on the Right Side and a US one on the Left and have a cross eyed Studebaker! :D

RadioRoy
03-20-2017, 03:17 PM
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A headlight for RHD cars throws the high beam slightly to the left so as not to dazzle on coming traffic. We have to change the the headlights in cars imported from the US before we can registered them here.

That is a new one on me. I learn something new every day - hopefully. :)

TWChamp
03-20-2017, 03:36 PM
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That is a new one on me. I learn something new every day - hopefully. :)

I'd never heard of this before either, and I've been a mechanic for 50 years.
You either bought the round headlamps for single or dual headlamps, and no mention of left or right hand drive.

jclary
03-20-2017, 03:56 PM
I'd never heard of this before either, and I've been a mechanic for 50 years.
You either bought the round headlamps for single or dual headlamps, and no mention of left or right hand drive.

Maybe that's the secret to unlocking a long standing Studebaker mystery.:confused:

Put a left side headlight in the right side...and your Studebaker will get mad at you and VAPOR LOCK!:mad::rolleyes:

63 R2 Hawk
03-20-2017, 04:42 PM
Why can't we all just drive on the correct side of the road???? ;)

Lynn
03-20-2017, 10:17 PM
I have a right hand drive car. Never checked to see if the headlights are old ones made for RHD vehicles.

However, since I DO drive on the correct side of the road, I guess I would be better off with regular U.S. spec headlights.

Lou Van Anne
03-20-2017, 11:03 PM
They do...drove my problem child GT Hawk today....got three thumbs up! (She is finally running good!):D_
Gee..., I thought all Studebakers Dazzled oncoming traffic!!!!:ohmy::!:;)

52 Ragtop
03-21-2017, 06:38 PM
But, that is also why the headlights have adjusters on them! So as to NOT point them in the eyes of oncoming traffic!

Jim

48skyliner
03-21-2017, 07:32 PM
I am amazed that so many people seem to be unfamiliar with high quality European headlights. I have used these for many years, even before they became legal here. For countries which drive on the right side of the road, the beam has a sharp cutoff across the center, then slopes up to the right to illuminate objects on the side of the road. In England, the beam slopes up to the left. This pattern is only used for the low beam. With proper adjustment, the beam will illuminate the road, but will not blind oncoming drivers. The photo shows the Hella headlights on my 48 Champion.

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spokejr
03-22-2017, 01:16 AM
Why can't we all just drive on the correct side of the road???? ;)

Depending on where you are, follow the others and you'll be fine. When in doubt, if it's an island, keep left and continent keep right. As for Australia, well, the Kiwis refer to that as the "West Island" so this still applies. :lol: