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  • '54 Conestoga Tail Lights

    Are the tail lights assemblies and lenses for the Conestoga unique to the Conestoga or are they the same as sedans? As I have looked on EBay and elsewhere, all the lenses that say they are for a '54 Sedan have one screw at the top and two screws at the bottom, one in each corner. My Conestoga has a screw at the top and one in the center the bottom. I am attaching a picture to show what the Conestoga lens looks like. This is not my car by the way, just a picture I have that shows what I am talking about. I have a picture of a '56 Pelham wagon that looks similar but can't tell if it is the same. Thanks for any help.
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    Pat Dilling
    Olivehurst, CA
    Custom '53 Starlight aka STU COOL


    LS1 Engine Swap Journal: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...ournalid=33611

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    Hi Pat
    Contact Allan Barth "Oltrknt" he is your man!
    Good Roads
    Brian
    Brian Woods
    woodysrods@shaw.ca
    1946 M Series (Shop Truck)

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    • #3
      My 55 Conestoga also has the screw in the lower center. I always thought they were the same as 54 Sedans. They are the same physical size. New one on me Pat. If they are different then Conestoga lenses are super rare NOS.
      101st Airborne Div. 326 Engineers Ft Campbell Ky.

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      • #4
        I've gotta -55 sedan & it has one in the center at the top & two at either side at the bottom.

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        • #5
          The parts books tell the story:

          The 54 station wagons have the same tail light lenses and housings as the 54 sedans.

          the 55 station wagon uses the 54 sedan/wagon tail light lenses and housings.

          The 55 sedans have different lenses and housings than the 55 station wagons and 54 sedans/wagons.

          The 56 wagon uses different lenses and different housings than the 56 sedans or 55 or 54.

          The station wagon and sedan housings are different from side to side, but the same lenses fit both sides.

          In other words, you can look at it this way:
          54 sedans/wagons and 55 wagons are one type
          55 sedans are a second type
          56 wagons are a third type
          56 sedans are a fourth type
          53 sedans are different than any of the above, and there were no wagons in 53

          this has nothing to do with C/K types

          A great number of eBay sellers subscribe to the "don't know Jack, and don't know that they don't know Jack" club. So don't trust them to tell you what is correct.

          SO in general I say, we should stop being such stubborn CASOs! Go out and buy the friggin' parts books!!

          One mistake in the parts acquisition process can far outweigh the cost of the books in both time and money.

          And, we might learn something in the process.
          Last edited by RadioRoy; 11-04-2012, 08:57 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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          • #6
            Thank you very much for the info Roy. This forum is a great source of information.
            Pat Dilling
            Olivehurst, CA
            Custom '53 Starlight aka STU COOL


            LS1 Engine Swap Journal: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...ournalid=33611

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Pat Dilling View Post
              Thank you very much for the info Roy. This forum is a great source of information.
              Boy, you can say that again Pat!!
              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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              • #8
                Originally posted by Pat Dilling View Post
                Thank you very much for the info Roy. This forum is a great source of information.
                So... while I rail on everyone to get the parts books and educate themselves, I end up dissuading them by providing the information for them, right? In other words, by giving them a fish, they continue to not learn how to fish. Ugh!
                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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                • #9
                  I have a fairly complete set of parts manuals from the 1920 through the end. I use them quite often to determine what a part fits. Not only can you tell what a part fits, but you can also use them to determine how something goes back together due to your memory failing to remember how you took it apart. I like the paper ones rather than the CD versions as I can lay them there side by side.

                  The parts number in the back is probably 95% correct---thus just cause a part is not in the back does not mean it is not in the book.
                  Milt

                  1947 Champion (owned since 1967)
                  1961 Hawk 4-speed
                  1967 Avanti
                  1961 Lark 2 door
                  1988 Avanti Convertible

                  Member of SDC since 1973

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by unclemiltie View Post
                    I use them quite often to determine what a part fits. Not only can you tell what a part fits, but you can also use them to determine how something goes back together due to your memory failing to remember how you took it apart.
                    My point exactly. Thank you.
                    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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