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  • 1959 Lark Backup Lights

    HI, I just became the owner of a 1959 Lark Hardtop!

    I just realized it doesnt have backup lights. I think those were optional for that model?

    some questions:

    1) Anyone have a set I can buy? Can be reproduction (but I doubt those exist)
    2) Where exactly should they be positioned? I want drill the holes correctly.

    Thank you in advance

  • #2
    Welcome to the forum. Cool car, too!
    There are two different styles of back up lights for a 59 Lark. One is for a station wagon and will not fit properly on your hard top, so beware.

    Here is the wrong one. The chrome is angled to match the angle of the tail gate. The ones for your car will have a chrome bezel that is much flatter than this one.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1960-61-62-S...ZYiUa6&vxp=mtr

    There is also someone in the club who has all/most of the installation instructions, including where to drill the holes and connect the wires. Someone else will chime in and say who that is.

    Many of the older cars had the backup light wired to the headlights, so backups only came on when the headlights were on. For modern use, I would wire them so they come on any time the car is in reverse. Modern drivers will appreciate this.
    RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

    17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
    10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
    10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
    4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
    5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
    56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
    60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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    • #3
      Here is what they SHOULD look like:

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      They should straddle the Rear Panel to Fender Seam.
      All '59 to '61 Lark Non-Wagon backup Lights are the same and were optional and rarely ordered.
      StudeRich
      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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      • #4
        Be aware that the switches are different for automatic and standard shift.
        Skip Lackie

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        • #5
          Thanks everyone-
          I will wait to hear back with someone who knows where to drill the holes.
          Next questions are:

          1) Where can I find these lights (I will check Ebay of course unless there is somewhere better)
          2) I probably need the reverse light switch as well. Dont think that would be installed on the column already if this one didnt need it, right?
          3) to complicate things, I have a TH350 trans, so the shift points dont line up with the shifter points on the column. So Im going to have to figure that out...

          Thanks for all the advice!

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          • #6
            You should buy the body parts catalog and the chassis parts catalog for your car. They are full of illustrations showing all the parts and how they connect to the other parts, the correct name of the parts and the part numbers. Studebaker vendors use these part numbers to assure ordering and receiving the correct part.
            Last edited by RadioRoy; 06-27-2017, 12:43 PM.
            RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

            17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
            10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
            10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
            4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
            5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
            56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
            60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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            • #7
              You do or DID have the correct switch for the Automatic Trans. Neutral Switch and Backup Lights under the dash on the Column if the Car originally had Automatic Trans.
              Of course it may not work with a GM Trans.
              StudeRich
              Second Generation Stude Driver,
              Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RadioRoy View Post
                You should buy the body parts manual and the chassis parts manual for your car. They are full of illustrations showing all the parts and how they connect to the other parts, the correct name of the parts and the part numbers. Studebaker vendors use these part numbers to assure ordering and receiving the correct part.
                There doesnt happen to be an online version of these books, does there?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by creegster View Post
                  There doesnt happen to be an online version of these books, does there?
                  Meaning no offense, if you think you might be a CASO, the books are also reproduced on a CD, which is cheaper. Once you use them a few times, you will be glad you purchased them.

                  CASO = cheap a$$ Studebaker owner. Some are proud to wear the badge.
                  RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

                  17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
                  10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
                  10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
                  4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
                  5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
                  56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
                  60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RadioRoy View Post
                    Meaning no offense, if you think you might be a CASO, the books are also reproduced on a CD, which is cheaper. Once you use them a few times, you will be glad you purchased them.

                    CASO = cheap a$$ Studebaker owner. Some are proud to wear the badge.
                    HA! I like it.
                    I would likely use the digital version for research, and print out the pages I need to take to the garage. If its better to have the printed version, I can go ahead and order that.

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                    • #11
                      They are the same, no need to spend the extra huge amount for 3 Books unless you have no Computer to view it, or like to have a impressive Library of Automotive Books!
                      StudeRich
                      Second Generation Stude Driver,
                      Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                      • #12
                        The CDs are available from "Studebaker International" as well as many other sources.
                        http://www.studebakervendors.com/ will give you some idea of sources for Studebaker stuff.
                        South Lompoc Studebaker

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                        • #13
                          ...and there's a shop manual in the trunk. A bit tattered, but mostly there. :-)

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                          • #14
                            Back to my original question: where can I purchase the light assemblies?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by creegster View Post
                              Back to my original question: where can I purchase the light assemblies?
                              The International meet is going on right at this minute in South Bend, Indiana. That's a good place to look. Since you are in L.A. you should check out the La Palma meet on Memorial day weekend. They have a big Studebaker car show and a swap meet of Studebaker parts right there during the show.

                              https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B45...dkV2lMTGs/view

                              http://studebakersla.com/
                              RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

                              17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
                              10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
                              10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
                              4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
                              5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
                              56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
                              60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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