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  • Signal Light Switch Replacement

    I want to replace the "crappy" old signal light switch in my 1950 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe.

    The switch that is on there now, has 4 wires coming out of it.

    I purchased a new chrome type switch off of EBAY (around $25.00) thinking they were all the same. Should have counted the wires. The new switch has 8 wires. Another difference between the old and new, is that the new has an extra "pull-push" switch for hazard lights.

    Has anyone installed one of the new type switches I describe lately?? If yes, what to do with the different wire count.

    Reggie

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    Reggie, I have installed one on my truck. Mine came with instructions. Most are set up and intended for twelve volt systems. On mine, I changed the tell-tell bulb in the switch to six volt. Then I followed installation instructions. I also switched the blinker to 6 volt. They work fine except for the hazard four-way. Apparently, the 6 volt system, in combination with the old style blinker, can't handle the electrical demand to light all four incandescent bulbs at once.
    John Clary
    Greer, SC

    SDC member since 1975

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    • #3
      My 1950 Champion wasn't cancelling at the right time in the turn, and didn't feel right when I worked the lever manually. I removed the cover and adjusted the rollers and also tighened two loose screws. It took 10 minutes and works like new now. Maybe your's would be an easy fix also.

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      • #4
        I don't think you will be using all eight wires. Most 1950 models used a second socket and bulb for the turn signals alone. Does the old switch have a model # on it like 902 or 903 and green, yellow, blue, and red wires?
        Any model # on the new switch? What are the wire colors on the new switch?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jclary View Post
          Reggie, I have installed one on my truck. Mine came with instructions. Most are set up and intended for twelve volt systems. On mine, I changed the tell-tell bulb in the switch to six volt. Then I followed installation instructions. I also switched the blinker to 6 volt. They work fine except for the hazard four-way. Apparently, the 6 volt system, in combination with the old style blinker, can't handle the electrical demand to light all four incandescent bulbs at once.
          I have an aftermarket switch with 4 way flashers on my '37 Olds. The extra wires are there so that the brake lights work independent of the turn signals. BTW the four way flashers work fine. I don't know if I kept the installation page. The blinker has to be "heavy duty" for the 4-ways to work properly.
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          55 President Deluxe
          64 Commander
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          37 Oldsmobile F37 4 Door

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          • #6
            Signal Light Switch Replacement

            Thanks all....Seems it's apparent the differences is that the new switch is for a 12 volt system and the added flasher/hazard warning switch, hence 8 wires.

            At this point, am thinking of removing the old switch and restoring it to look better. At that time, I plan on repainting the steering column as there are wear marks, scratches and blemishes along the shaft from 65 years of wear and tear.

            I plan on spray painting using the can of Part number 801925 LOMA GRAY paint I recently purchased from Studebaker International. It's close enough for "Government Work". At this point, no plans on repainting the dash and window trim using the same color paint.

            Also, a good time to remove and restore the STEERING WHEEL. I've done a couple and there are great instructional video's on YOUTUBE showing the restoration process.

            Reggie

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