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ID:	1753597While I had the front clip disassembled on my '35 Commander to repair the radiator, I took the opportunity to replace all the headlight wiring. On trying to reassemble , I managed to break one of the headlight lenses.

    This is is part number 261206. Not only is it a one-year-only part, It is specific to Commanders and Presidents. It is made by Corcoran Brown and labeled "Control Beam" at the top and is about 8 1/8 inches across.

    Does anyone have one of these lenses they'd be willing to sell? I've already checked with Bob Kapteyn in Illinois and Don Axelrod in Massachusetts. Neither had one

    I can't make it to York this year ( 2200 mile round trip ) but hope to take the Commander to an orphan car show in east Texas that same weekend. The rest of the car is back together.

    Once the ASC forum is back up this Friday I'll beg for help there, too.

    Thanks. Tom

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    Tom;

    Try Rex M. He has had a lot of '35 stuff and is a well known hoarder of pre-war parts.
    Richard Quinn
    Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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    • #3
      I just called my pre war source in BC Canada, he has no stock.

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      • #4
        Stumbled across these on eBay, Maybe you could use one as a substitute until you found an exact match

        http://www.ebay.com/itm/1934-35-Stud...pXzEIa&vxp=mtr

        http://www.ebay.com/itm/Corcoran-Bro...BYLgzi&vxp=mtr
        Mark Chance

        1933 Model 56 5 window Coupe

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        • #5
          That lens also fits Auburn.

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          • #6
            Thanks, Rex. I assume that means you don't have one you'd be willing to part with.

            Great...Fits Auburn. THAT ought to make them more plentiful and affordable!

            Mark. Thank you. I have seen those lenses on eBay. I have them saved in my "watch list". It is certainly an option I've considered because some other makes besides Studebaker Dictator used that Stabilite lens and they are more available than the Control Beam. If I did that I'd replace them in pairs so they'd match side-to-side.

            I knew there had to be a reason for me to continue to go to swap meets. The thrill of coming across something like this can't be beat. There used to be stuff that would compare, but I'm old now.

            I guess I'm still pissed I broke the lens in the first place.

            Tom

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            • #7
              Tom, we have a box full of lenses for prewar Studes that haven't been identified. I pulled them all out and while a couple of them might be the right diameter, none had Control Beam written on the top.

              I did find a pair for a '31 President if you end up with one of those!
              Last edited by mbstude; 02-23-2017, 03:49 PM.

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              • #8
                Matt
                I plan on stopping by this afternoon after the Lakeland swap meet. I'll see if any of those lens are 35. Also are Cades 31 and 42 around to view?
                Rex

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by studerex View Post
                  Matt
                  I plan on stopping by this afternoon after the Lakeland swap meet. I'll see if any of those lens are 35. Also are Cades 31 and 42 around to view?
                  Rex
                  Sounds good Rex. Both the 31 and 42 Presidents are here.

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                  • #10
                    Matt
                    Can I get the address or directions?
                    Rex

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by studerex View Post
                      Matt
                      Can I get the address or directions?
                      Rex
                      GPS won't get you here. Give us a call. (352) 472-9369

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                      • #12
                        Matt ---Thanks for looking. Rex will no doubt be able to identify if any of those lenses are '35. I'd be interested in a pair of Dictator lenses while I look for the correct one. I think they are about 8 1/8 side-to-side and about 8 3/8 top-to-bottom. Slightly oval. Thanks. Tom

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tomlewis View Post
                          Matt ---Thanks for looking. Rex will no doubt be able to identify if any of those lenses are '35. I'd be interested in a pair of Dictator lenses while I look for the correct one. I think they are about 8 1/8 side-to-side and about 8 3/8 top-to-bottom. Slightly oval. Thanks. Tom
                          We had a nice visit with Rex and his wife and while he was able to ID a few of them, he said none of them are for a '35. It was worth a shot!

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                          • #14
                            Try posting on the AACA forum. Great place for the older parts

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                            • #15
                              There's an incredible website somewhere...amazing amount of headlight lenses. I'm sure they'll have yours. I think someone linked to it here before. Anyone???

                              Found it: http://oldcarlenses.com/
                              KURTRUK
                              (read it backwards)




                              Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong. -A. Lincoln

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