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  • Difference between 54 and 55 coupe/hardtop tail light housings?

    How can I tell the difference between 54 and 55 coupe/hardtop tail light housings by looking at them?

    Thanks

  • #2
    The '54 is taller to accommodate the Narrow bumper, the '55 got the New taller bumper and shorter Tail Lights.

    The '55 Lens is Wider and more wrapped around.

    Pimlico Speedster2.jpg Pres Coupe1.jpg

    54 Champ Starlight Yellow_Black2.JPG 54 Champ Starlight Yellow_Black d.JPG < A 1954 Coupe.
    Last edited by StudeRich; 02-26-2019, 08:11 PM.
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner



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    • #3
      I see it now. Thanks. Is the only difference between 55 and 56 is that 56 has a little notch for the fin?

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      • #4
        Jeff, if You look at the side views on both You'll notice the 55s are more narrow at the bottom where the bottom of the Lens meets it.
        Joseph R. Zeiger

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        • #5
          Yes, but I believe the notch is Golden Hawk only.

          Originally posted by studefan View Post
          I see it now. Thanks. Is the only difference between 55 and 56 is that 56 has a little notch for the fin?
          Joseph R. Zeiger

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          • #6
            The '55 Lens is curved, the '56 is Flat and protrudes out with a square Grid pattern grooving cut into it at the Top and curved at the bottom, they are interchangeable but way different.

            The '55's, '56 Flight, Power and Sky Hawks have no Fin notch in the Housing, only the '56 Golden Hawk has a cutout.

            Sunglow_White Loaded 56a1.jpg
            Last edited by StudeRich; 02-26-2019, 08:33 PM.
            StudeRich
            Second Generation Stude Driver,
            Proud '54 Starliner Owner



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            • #7
              Originally posted by studefan View Post
              I see it now. Thanks. Is the only difference between 55 and 56 is that 56 has a little notch for the fin?
              I believe that 1955 and 1956 are the same, except for the Golden Hawk (the only 1956 with a fin).

              EDIT: We are only talking housings here, not lenses.
              Gary L.
              Wappinger, NY

              SDC member since 1968
              Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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              • #8
                I am familiar with the lens difference. So, to confirm, the 55 and 56 coupe/hardtop housings are the same except for the Golden Hawk housing, correct?

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                • #9
                  That is correct.

                  Originally posted by studefan View Post
                  I am familiar with the lens difference. So, to confirm, the 55 and 56 coupe/hardtop housings are the same except for the Golden Hawk housing, correct?
                  Joseph R. Zeiger

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                  • #10
                    Thank you gentlemen.

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                    • #11
                      Have You actually measured 54 n 55 housings to determine one shorter than the other? I don't see any real difference in the pics, a bigger bumper in it's self may not really matter. it might just have a bigger arch to go around and not under the housing.

                      Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
                      The '54 is taller to accommodate the Narrow bumper, the '55 got the New taller bumper and shorter Tail Lights.

                      The '55 Lens is Wider and more wrapped around.

                      [ATTACH=CONFIG]79109[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]79114[/ATTACH]

                      [ATTACH=CONFIG]79111[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]79110[/ATTACH] < A 1954 Coupe.
                      Joseph R. Zeiger

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                      • #12
                        I have a nos in the factory box 1955 CK tail light housing with socket and wiring it is concours quality chrome
                        Joe Parsons joebetsy6@gmail.com


                        Joe Parsons

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