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  • Whar Year Did Turn Signals Become Standard Equipment?

    I was just wondering what year turn signals became standard on all Studebakers, and were they standard on the higher end line before the lower priced Studebakers?

    I know they were still an option for 1950, but not sure how much longer. Thanks, Tom

  • #2
    I believe they became standard for the 1956 model year.

    Craig

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
      I believe they became standard for the 1956 model year. Craig
      I believe that is correct, Craig.

      IIRC, it became a Federal Law (at least in the United States; I don't know about Canada) that all cars manufactured after January 1, 1956, be equipped with directional signals as standard equipment.

      It may be that they just went ahead and made them standard at the beginning of the 1956 model year for all 1956 model year cars manufactured, even in calendar year 1955. That way, dealers could charge extra for them as "options" until January 1, 1956. That is speculation, though, but I believe the law mandated their OEM status as of January 1, 1956. BP
      We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

      Ayn Rand:
      "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

      G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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      • #4
        Wow Tom, (TWChamp) is it WINTER already?
        Cabin Fever already, it's only Sept. you know!

        Trivia about how many Tail Light bulbs, now THIS? Really?

        Is; "when did Inner Tubes go away"? next?
        StudeRich
        Second Generation Stude Driver,
        Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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        • #5
          Well-- when DID inner tubes go away?
          1950 Commander Land Cruiser
          1951 Champion Business Coupe
          1951 Commander Starlight
          1952 Champion 2Dr. Sedan
          1953 Champion Starlight
          1953 Commander Starliner
          1953 2R5
          1956 Golden Hawk Jet Streak
          1957 Silver Hawk
          1957 3E5 Pick-Up
          1959 Silver Hawk
          1961 Hawk
          1962 Cruiser 4 speed
          1963 Daytona Convertible
          1964 Daytona R2 4 speed
          1965 Cruiser
          1970 Avanti

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          • #6
            Originally posted by drrotor View Post
            Well-- when DID inner tubes go away?
            This is NOT a Bob Palma Type Quiz, so I really do not know, but if I had to guess I think the end would be about 1952.
            Really quite Trivial.
            StudeRich
            Second Generation Stude Driver,
            Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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            • #7
              Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
              Wow Tom, (TWChamp) is it WINTER already?
              Cabin Fever already, it's only Sept. you know!

              Trivia about how many Tail Light bulbs, now THIS? Really?

              Is; "when did Inner Tubes go away"? next?
              No, but the days are sure getting short, and the nights are cooling off.
              If I ask enough questions, I could make a Studebaker Trivia game. Would you like to share in the royalties?

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              • #8
                In some states they were required before then, so I guess for a car sold new in one of those states they would be "standard". Minnesota required signals starting in 1949 I believe.

                Sort of like in these parts that a engine block heater is sort of "standard" in that often the dealers will order that factory option for what they put on their new vehicle lot.

                Jeff in ND

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                • #9
                  In New York State, directional signals were required starting with the 1953 model year. They were still an option by Studebaker at that time, so Studebakers sold in NY were required to have this option.
                  Gary L.
                  Wappinger, NY

                  SDC member since 1968
                  Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                  • #10
                    What year was two tail lights required?
                    Diesel loving, autocrossing, Coupe express loving, Grandpa Architect.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by drrotor View Post
                      Well-- when DID inner tubes go away?
                      The new Mickey Thompson tires I bought this summer require inner tubes.
                      No big deal except I was shocked at how much they cost now.

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