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  • Electrical: 1961 Lark VIII convrt brake lights / turn signal switch issues

    Greetings, readers.
    I'm having no success locating a new turn signal switch for this Lark of mine. Rock Auto has a decent listing of Stude electrical parts, but not this particular part. NAPA is less help; only things I can find there are by Echlin part numbers, which aren't helping. Will any of you kind, knowledgeable readers shed light on where I can get one, and what part number/brand I should be asking for? Or is it better to head to Stude International and ask there?
    My Lark has lost its brake lights functionality, and the fellow who was tracing its issues for me (e
    lectrical functionality is way beyond me, sadly, so I needed professional help)
    says the most likely culprit is the turn signal switch
    (based on a wiring diagram I got from a Studebaker vendor, and his own wire tracings)
    .
    The tail lights work fine. The turn signals (front and rear) flash correctly, albeit slowly. The brake light switch gets power as (he says) it should.
    Thanks for any and all suggestions.
    Mike Auldridge
    Gaithersburg, MD
    301-651-4346
    SDC Life Member since 1976
    1948 M16
    1961 Lark VIII convertible (with minor mods)

  • #2
    Since the Turn Signal Switch and Wire Assy. is NLA New, it will take a Used one to fix this.
    There are not and never have been ANY Aftermarket Switches as you are searching for, they were Studebaker Dealer only Parts, not aftermarket.
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      You might be able to repair this in-the -car. First make sure there is power into (already verified) and out of the switch.
      The symptom indicates that the red wire from the brake light switch may have come unsoldered from its terminal on the turn signal switch. You would need to remove steering wheel, loosen T/S switch and turn it over to inspect.
      "Burning Bridges...Lost Forevermore"......

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      • #4
        I have NOS Studebaker turn signal switches in stock for your 61.

        Send me a PM for details.

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        Dan Peterson
        Montpelier, VT
        1960 Lark V-8 Convertible
        1960 Lark V-8 Convertible (parts car)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by migral23 View Post
          I'm having no success locating a new turn signal switch for this Lark of mine.
          Why would you not start with Studebaker specific vendors to begin with?
          Resort to Rock Auto or NAPA if you must; but THEY have no vested interest in keeping our Studebakers operable.
          And I do hope you have joined the Studebaker Drivers Club, without which NONE of us would be here.

          "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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          • #6
            Originally posted by rockne10 View Post
            Why would you not start with Studebaker specific vendors to begin with?
            Resort to Rock Auto or NAPA if you must; but THEY have no vested interest in keeping our Studebakers operable.
            And I do hope you have joined the Studebaker Drivers Club, without which NONE of us would be here.
            Literally while I was typing the question I realized "try S I", but continued with the question anyway since I'd hoped it would generate other ideas beyond "go to XYZ and get one". RockAuto and NAPA were just sources my regular repair guy spoke of. I mentioned them in case the Studebaker item was one of those "only two or three people made ALL those things, so look for an XYZ brand, part # xxxx" situation.
            And yes, I joined SDC (as a life member) in 1976. In addition, both this forum (and you in particular) and the Studebaker Truck Talk site have been very helpful over time.
            Mike Auldridge
            Gaithersburg, MD
            301-651-4346
            SDC Life Member since 1976
            1948 M16
            1961 Lark VIII convertible (with minor mods)

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