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    Found a '54 K Commander in a barn last Wed.
    Had a rear window wiper and defroster. Looked factory.
    Had a tach in the instrument cluster. Factory ?
    Tach drive was by a cable that attached to the front of the engine fan.
    Anyone know if these were factory or after market accessories ?
    All parts looked to be Studebaker parts.
    Owner of car doesn't have a production order but plans on oredering one.

    fstst56

  • #2
    Originally posted by fstst56 View Post
    Found a '54 K Commander in a barn last Wed.
    Had a rear window wiper and defroster. Looked factory.
    Had a tach in the instrument cluster. Factory ?
    Tach drive was by a cable that attached to the front of the engine fan.
    Anyone know if these were factory or after market accessories ?
    All parts looked to be Studebaker parts.
    Owner of car doesn't have a production order but plans on oredering one.

    fstst56
    Rear defroster possible. Rear wiper, fan driven tach- extremely unlikely (I never say impossible). Only tach I ever saw in the instrument cluster of a '54 was one in a genuine Studillac and it wasn't fan driven.
    Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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    • #3
      The only factory rear window wipers I have ever heard of/seen are those on the second body style Kaisers ie 1951 through 1955. They were an available but very rarely added option. Only seen 3 cars to date, a 51, a 53 and a 54. (about as common as Skytops in Studebakers)

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      • #4
        What, no pictures?
        Chip
        '63 Cruiser
        '57 Packard wagon
        '61 Lark Regal 4 dr wagon
        '50 Commander 4 dr sedan

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        • #5
          If it is a long term, dry stored '54 Commander Starliner Hardtop, I would get the CAR, forget the aftermarket junk on it!

          That thingy on the back looking like a Volvo Station Wagon, needs to come off anyway!
          StudeRich
          Second Generation Stude Driver,
          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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          • #6
            A Rear window defroster was available in 55. Don't have my parts book handy, but they were both 6 volt.
            Klif
            55 Speedster/Street Machine
            63 Avanti R2
            64 Convertible R1

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            • #7
              1951-era Nashes had rear window wipers available as options, too.

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              • #8
                who knows, maybe someone saw all those Nashes and Kaisers getting it and had rear wiping envy?
                Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
                K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                Ron Smith
                Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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                • #9
                  Just a notation: Rear window wiper units (vacuum operated) were available on the 49-51 Fords. I had a 1950 Ford with one and it was a listed as a factory option. I have seen several on Ford Shoeboxes in recent years. If it was a Sudebaker option I think knowledge would exist about it already. Probably an aftermarket add on. . . .my guess.
                  Henry Votel,
                  Forest Lake, MN
                  Buying & Selling Studebaker Parts in MN & WI

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Henry Votel View Post
                    Just a notation: Rear window wiper units (vacuum operated) were available on the 49-51 Fords.
                    They also were on 1948 Chevrolets.

                    Craig

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                    • #11
                      A rear window defroster for 1953-1954 Studebakers was AC-2363. The list price was $14.75 uninstalled. The other items are aftermarket.
                      Gary L.
                      Wappinger, NY

                      SDC member since 1968
                      Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                      • #12
                        Sometimes we need to say "Dealer Installed" rather than aftermarket. There were dealer installed tachometers.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Flashback View Post
                          Sometimes we need to say "Dealer Installed" rather than aftermarket. There were dealer installed tachometers.
                          I use aftermarket to mean that they were not authorized as options by Studebaker, whether they were installed by the dealer or someone else. Some factory options were installed by the dealer, but dealers also installed many other items. Just because the dealer installed something before new car delivery does not make it correct.
                          Gary L.
                          Wappinger, NY

                          SDC member since 1968
                          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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