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  • Electrical: License PLate Light??

    This morning I happened to notice that the license plate bulb is missing ('59 Silver Hawk). The socket is there but no bulb. I looked in the Service Manual but it doesn't specify what bulbs go in any of the sockets. So my question is....What type of bulb goes in the license plate bulb socket. Is it a regular 1156 or would that be too bright?? Also, I plan to use super bright LED bulbs in the STOP/TAIL lights, does anyone know what type of bulb is in there?? I didn't want to have to take it apart to find out, less chance of breaking something.
    Last question, how do you get to the STOP/TAIL light bulbs or at least what's the easiest way??

    thanks,
    Treblig

  • #2
    Bulb size information would be in the Owner's Manual in your glovebox, not the Shop Manual..
    "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
    '33 Rockne 10,
    '51 Commander Starlight,
    '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
    '56 Sky Hawk

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    • #3
      I have a Service Manual for my year/model car but don't have an Owner's Manual. I was hoping someone who had a Silver Hawk would know the answers to my questions??

      thanks,
      Treblig

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      • #4
        license bulb L67
        TL bulb L1034
        American iron, real old school
        With two tone paint, it sure is cool

        Its got 8 cylinders and uses them all
        With an overdrive that just won't stall

        With a 4 barrel carb and dual exhausts
        With 4.23 gears it can really get lost

        Its got safety belts and I ain't scared
        The brakes are good and the tires are fair.

        Tried to sell her, but got no taker
        I"ll just keep driving my Studebaker

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        • #5
          Originally posted by greyben View Post
          license bulb L67
          TL bulb L1034
          thanks greyben, but when I search the internet for those numbers nothing comes up??? Do you have the cross to 1156/1157 or other regular bulb numbers. I need a number that I can cross to an LED>
          Thanks,
          Treblig

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          • #6
            My Service Manual shows the number for the license plate light to be Mazda #67...
            https://www.google.com/search?num=10...k1.ghV6buV8oD8

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 345 DeSoto View Post
              My Service Manual shows the number for the license plate light to be Mazda #67...
              https://www.google.com/search?num=10...k1.ghV6buV8oD8


              Thanks DeSoto, I went back to my service manual and found the page you're referring to......don't know why I didn't see that page before. grayben was also correct except the manual doesn't show the "L" before the number. I think the Mazda number should cross.

              Treblig

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              • #8
                I believe the L is just an AC designater the 67 and 1034 are the general numbers. I think the 1034 will interchange with the 1157. Both are double contact indexed with an S-8 bulb. The 1157 is a later number and in my book is listed as heavy duty. The 1034 and 1157 are both rated at 32/4 Candlepower and the 67 is rated at 3 cp.
                American iron, real old school
                With two tone paint, it sure is cool

                Its got 8 cylinders and uses them all
                With an overdrive that just won't stall

                With a 4 barrel carb and dual exhausts
                With 4.23 gears it can really get lost

                Its got safety belts and I ain't scared
                The brakes are good and the tires are fair.

                Tried to sell her, but got no taker
                I"ll just keep driving my Studebaker

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                • #9
                  Greyben is right. When I worked at the service station in the 60's the 1157's were the heavy duty replacement bulbs for the 1034's.

                  Look up "superbrightlights" or something like that, as they have quite a selection of LED bulbs for cars.

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                  • #10
                    I used these in the license and reverse lights on my '62 GT; http://www.ebay.com/itm/2X-Super-Whi...item43d98a332e

                    These for the tail/brake light; http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-PCS-Red-11...item43c4cae9f2 They are long but fit easily under the GT lens, they also have a 27 smd version that should fit under a flatter lens.

                    And these for the front turn/park lamps; http://www.ebay.com/itm/4X-Amber-Yel...item4637af4c0e (they have red ones like these too)

                    You will also need a flasher that works with LEDs. I used this one; http://www.ebay.com/itm/281891893949...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

                    Also used these in the dash instruments, these are blue but they have other colors too; http://www.ebay.com/itm/20pcs-Ba9s-L...item33a6b4bbec

                    And these in the courtesy lights; http://www.ebay.com/itm/2X-Xenon-Whi...item46368888f9



                    They work great ! Just remember it's best to use the same color LED as the lens over it. White LED's wash out the color so red looks pink and amber turns pale yellow.
                    Last edited by bensherb; 11-15-2016, 10:24 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bensherb View Post
                      I used these in the license and reverse lights on my '62 GT; http://www.ebay.com/itm/2X-Super-Whi...item43d98a332e

                      These for the tail/brake light; http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-PCS-Red-11...item43c4cae9f2 They are long but fit easily under the GT lens, they also have a 27 smd version that should fit under a flatter lens.

                      And these for the front turn/park lamps; http://www.ebay.com/itm/4X-Amber-Yel...item4637af4c0e (they have red ones like these too)

                      You will also need a flasher that works with LEDs. I used this one; http://www.ebay.com/itm/4X-Amber-Yel...item4637af4c0e

                      Also used these in the dash instruments, these are blue but they have other colors too; http://www.ebay.com/itm/20pcs-Ba9s-L...item33a6b4bbec

                      And these in the courtesy lights; http://www.ebay.com/itm/2X-Xenon-Whi...item46368888f9



                      They work great ! Just remember it's best to use the same color LED as the lens over it. White LED's wash out the color so red looks pink and amber turns pale yellow.

                      EXCELLENT INFO!! No more guessing for me!! One question, I opened each link in your post and was really looking forward to seeing which flasher you used but that particular link only showed an LED. I know I'll either need a new flasher or those resistor thingies. I'd rather swap out my flasher.

                      treblig

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                      • #12
                        OOPS! Sorry, I fixed it. It's this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/281891893949?
                        _trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT


                        As a bit of info; I measured the current draw of all the incandescent bulbs I removed, and of the LED's I replaced them with. If all were lit at the same time the Incandescents draw just shy of 20 amps (19.6A); the LED's draw just over 2 1/2 amps (2.54A). Quite the power savings.
                        Last edited by bensherb; 11-15-2016, 10:33 PM.

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                        • #13
                          I just switched my 62 GT over to Leds. I bought from "superbrightleds.com" They were excellent to deal with. They have a tech support service that I am almost certain would be able to lead you in the right direction regarding which LEDs will be compatible. Also, I tried 2 flashers that were recommended to me on eBay. Neither worked. I then tried to cross reference the original SAE # to a Grote LED flasher at a local parts supply store, that did not work. Finally I contacted superbrightleds and they told me which flasher I needed and presto, it worked. Highly recommend you save yourself some trouble and use superbrightleds for everything. More money but good products and excellent service.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Kato View Post
                            I just switched my 62 GT over to Leds. I bought from "superbrightleds.com" They were excellent to deal with. They have a tech support service that I am almost certain would be able to lead you in the right direction regarding which LEDs will be compatible. Also, I tried 2 flashers that were recommended to me on eBay. Neither worked. I then tried to cross reference the original SAE # to a Grote LED flasher at a local parts supply store, that did not work. Finally I contacted superbrightleds and they told me which flasher I needed and presto, it worked. Highly recommend you save yourself some trouble and use superbrightleds for everything. More money but good products and excellent service.
                            I hadn't thought about it but I guess I'll have to swap out all 4 bulbs (front and rear signals) if I put the LED flasher into the harness?? My plan was to only change the rear bulbs so they would be more visible (from the rear) but once I put the LED flasher in there it will affect all the bulbs that flash (signal)??

                            treblig

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                            • #15
                              I had to use ballast resistors to make the rear LED lights work. The Super Brite solution was way more complicated. I just went to FLAPS & picked up the two ballast resistors & I was G2G. (Be careful where you mount them, they do get hot) I have the standard incandescent bulbs up front & haven't made the conversion. The flasher is original but I was wondering about changing & now I'm wondering if the LED flasher unit would work. Curious minds would like to know

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