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    My '55 Stude still is 6 volts, and the hi-beams are dim, and on a
    good dark nite with the low beams on you can almost see the road.
    The head lamps are GE, both sets. Does anyone make a decent 6v
    head lamp?





    James K. Clark
    Rutledge Tn.
    1955 Studebaker Prez Hardtop.
    Don't take yourself too seriously.

    James K. Clark

  • #2
    quote:Originally posted by Studebayker

    My '55 Stude still is 6 volts, and the hi-beams are dim, and on a
    good dark nite with the low beams on you can almost see the road.
    The head lamps are GE, both sets. Does anyone make a decent 6v
    head lamp?

    James K. Clark
    Six-volt headlights shouldn't be that bad. You probably should for a bad ground or corroded connections.
    I did buy some six-volt head lamp units from Pep Boys several years ago. I think they were Sylvania.

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    Paul Johnson
    '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
    '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
    Museum R-4 engine
    Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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    • #3
      Should be readily available, if not on the shelf, from any auto parts supply.

      I agree. If they are working but not bright, you have an electrical problem. Some power drop can occur in every connection that's made from the battery, generator, wire ends and terminal blocks and even within the headlight switch.

      Brad Johnson
      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
      33 Rockne 10
      51 Commander Starlight
      53 Commander Starlight

      previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser
      "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.
      sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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      • #4
        I have 6V on my '50 Hudson and am getting ready to put in a headlight relay and run the lights directly from the battery. I picked up a 6V headlight relay for dual beam off of ebay. Here is a site and a copy of the email from Daniel Stern about doing this on a 6V positive ground system. I am also changing over to 6V Halogens with replaceable bulbs, very much like modern cars.

        http://www.danielsternlighting.com/t...ys/relays.html

        Hi, Mr. White.

        yep, the same circuit works, with a couple of modifications. It's
        generally best, if possible, to run off the battery rather than off the
        generator unless you are *sure* you understand the specific generator
        system in question and can identify the right generator terminal. This
        installation also requires 6v relays. These can be devillishly hard to
        find; I've set up such circuits using NAPA Echlin ST86, which is a
        heavier-duty relay than you need, but better heavier than not heavy
        enough. You will need two of them. Aside from that you'll need such things
        as fuseholders and HD headlamp sockets, which I keep in stock. Finally,
        note that you are NOT handcuffed to cruddy 60-year-old headlamp technology
        just because you have a 6v car; I have Cibie E-code headlamp assemblies
        and 6v quartz halogen bulbs to suit!

        Let me know how I can assist;

        DS


        Dan White
        64 R1 GT
        64 R2 GT
        Dan White
        64 R1 GT
        64 R2 GT
        58 C Cab
        57 Broadmoor (Marvin)

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        • #5
          The gentleman who owns Fifth Ave. Internet Garage has resources to help you with installing 6v headlight relays (you will need two - one for low beams and one for high beams). He is a new member of this forum, and I invite him to chime in, if he would like.

          Here is his page discussing the benefits of headlight relays:
          http://www.fifthaveinternetgarage.co...ht_relays.html

          Here is his page with the relays for sale:
          http://www.fifthaveinternetgarage.co...counter_2.html

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          1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
          The Red-Headed Amazon
          Deep in the heart of Texas

          Paul Simpson
          "DilloCrafter"

          1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
          The Red-Headed Amazon
          Deep in the heart of Texas

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          • #6
            If you watch ebay you can pickup a dual 6V headlight relay fairly cheap, I got one for $6.99. If you can find one of those you do not need to single relays. Type in 6V Headlight relay for the search.

            Dan White
            64 R1 GT
            64 R2 GT
            Dan White
            64 R1 GT
            64 R2 GT
            58 C Cab
            57 Broadmoor (Marvin)

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            • #7
              As I mentioned in an earlier thread on this topic, I have a pair of NORS HL relays sitting on my desk here. They're only single circuit (either hi or low beam - not both) but they're brand new and 50s vintage so they LOOK right on the firewall or fender apron. They even sport a fading decal that says they were made in Omaha! Try that with some black plastic block of a relay from China.[xx(]

              Besides, If you have one of these in your low beam circuit, that's all you really need most of the time.

              Miscreant adrift in
              the BerStuda Triangle!!

              1957 Transtar 1/2ton
              1960 Larkvertible V8
              1958 Provincial wagon
              1953 Commander coupe
              No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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              • #8
                I put relays on my 51 and I see a great improvment.

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                • #9
                  Most electrical problems can be traced to a ground problem.
                  A 6 volt system is just as good as a 12 volt if it is well maintained.

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                  • #10
                    and, if the relays Mr. Biggs has are the same as the ones I got from him, they have the bonus factor of built-in fuses so you don't have to add fuse holders into the circuits when you replumb the car's headlight system.

                    Gerry
                    NE Colorado

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                    • #11
                      They DO have fuses on them.

                      Miscreant adrift in
                      the BerStuda Triangle!!

                      1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                      1960 Larkvertible V8
                      1958 Provincial wagon
                      1953 Commander coupe
                      No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                      • #12
                        Not to put down the relays, but...

                        After my '53 coupe came back from rehab, the high beams were quite dim. Considerable study (two years) determined that the bulbs were wired wrong and that both filaments were hot when the high beams were on and there wasn't enough juice to put light out in front of the car.

                        Tom Bredehoft
                        '53 Commander Coupe
                        '60 Lark VI
                        '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
                        All three Indiana built OD cars

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for all the input men. I've checked the grounds o ohms from
                          battery post to headlites. I have 6v alternator on the car. I think
                          I'll try to find some 6v relays, and use 10ga wire from the relays to the headlamps. Dan, how much do the relays you have cost? Thanks.



                          James K. Clark
                          Rutledge Tn.
                          '55 Prez 2dr hardtop
                          Don't take yourself too seriously!

                          James K. Clark

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                          • #14
                            Clean connections! Also, I had a friend who said run a seperate ground wire from the lights to the battery. I see 6V hallogen lights are for sale, that looks good to me, has anyone tried 6V hallogen? Also,I once had poor 6V headlights and found the problem to be a bad voltage regulator.

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                            • #15
                              I had a 42 dodge with converted 12v system. I drove that truck daily, and learned to live with really dim headlights at night. Long story short, one day I was just tinkering around and discovered my ground (3 prong connector) on one light was wired incorrectly. If your producing correct juice, and your grounding system is solid, check your connectors. Hope that helps....Jimmy

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