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  • Chrome light rings

    Seen these headlight clusters on the trusty flea bay and now have a question to ask are the chrome rings an aftermarket product
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    It looks like there's small tabs which you bend over to hold the ring in place

  • #2
    Believe they are early '50 Commander/LandCruiser headlight rings. Later in the year they made the whole housing chrome.

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    • #3
      I have a set of both non chrome and fully chromed , I just assumed they were chrome ones that had been painted and the small bit of chrome left un painted , but it looks like my thoughts were wrong

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      • #4
        You can remove the stainless rings on the painted ones and have them chromed. It is the same basic casting for both.
        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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        • #5
          Originally posted by unclemiltie View Post
          You can remove the stainless rings on the painted ones and have them chromed. It is the same basic casting for both.
          I'll be taken a look at the non chrome ones now thanks for the info

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          • #6
            The designer, Bob Bourke, wanted them to be painted body color. The dealers and public wanted them in chrome. As stated, it was a running change on all 1950 models, except for the cheapest/base version.
            Gary L.
            Wappinger, NY

            SDC member since 1968
            Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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            • #7
              Bugger I must have the poverty set as there's no rings on my painted set

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              • #8
                That COULD be because you have a Champion with the smaller Headlight Rims and Parking Lights. I can't tell what you have from that tiny Pic.
                StudeRich
                Second Generation Stude Driver,
                Proud '54 Starliner Owner



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                • #9
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                  It's a commander I have

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                  • #10
                    So are they an aftermarket product ???

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                    • #11
                      No, they are not after market.

                      The early production 50 Commanders and Champions had painted headlight bezels/doors and the later production 50 Commanders and Champions had chromed bezels/doors. The switch happened around mid - year production.

                      The headlight bezels (which are actually called headlight doors) can be changed with only a Phillips screwdriver, so dealers and back yard customizers can change them at will.

                      The little stainless steel rings around the parking light lenses should be on the painted headlight doors, but not on the chromed headlight doors. Again, anyone with a screwdriver can remove the little rings around the parking light openings.

                      Around the same time that the headlight rings were changed from paint to chrome, the grille inserts were changed from chrome to non-plated. One theory is that the same chrome plating dollars made more sense on the headlight rings than they did on the grilles. Around that same time, a new, low cost Champion model was released and called the Custom. The company saved money by eliminating lots of little things on the Custom, like the chrome on the headlight/taillight bezels, passenger sun visor, hood ornament, interior arm rests and such.

                      This was only on the Champion cars. There was no "poverty" version of the Commander. If you have painted headlight doors and no little ring around the parking lenses, then someone removed them.
                      Last edited by RadioRoy; 04-10-2014, 05:41 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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                      • #12
                        I have a pair of the smaller Champion headlight doors that are painted and have that chrome ring on the bottom. The have tabs on the back as mentioned before. BTW that is a beautiful Land Cruiser
                        1947 Studebaker M-5
                        1946 Studebaker M-5
                        1948 Studebaker Land Cruiser
                        1961 Studebaker Lark 4-dr. Sedan
                        1951 Studebaker Land Cruiser

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the replays guys so is the ring around the parking light lens the same size on the champion as the commander ??? 61LaRK4dr its a starlight coupe I have

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                          • #14
                            The stainless steel rim on the commander (and land crusier) is unique to the commander body. The champion has a smaller lens
                            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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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by unclemiltie View Post
                              The stainless steel rim on the commander (and land crusier) is unique to the commander body. The champion has a smaller lens
                              Bugger that narrows the search down for a pair then

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