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  • Anyone tried Xenon conversions in their Studes?

    or any other single round headlight cars?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/61-62...1%7C240%3A1318

    Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
    '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
    '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
    Museum R-4 engine
    1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
    1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan 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

  • #2
    If you use them, it's essential that you get a new headlight harness with relays. The Xenons take a lot of power and will eventually fry your existing headlight circuit.

    Heres a couple of links for some non-Stude specific sources:

    http://www.lmctruck.com/ICATALOG/CB/full.aspx?Page=70

    http://www.reenmachine.com/shop/prod...4&cat=0&page=1

    I have a pair of 7" Halogens in my 60 Lark. I later added a relay setup from Painless Wiring after someone recommended that I do so.


    Scott Rodgers
    Los Angeles
    SDC Member since 1989
    '60 Lark HT
    '63 Wagonaire
    Scott Rodgers
    Los Angeles
    SDC Member since 1989
    \'60 Lark HT
    \'63 Wagonaire
    \'66 Frankenbaker

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    • #3
      Before considering any headlight upgrade, I'd check with Daniel Stern and see what he recommends for your car. For a night-driven Studebaker, IMHO it is hard to beat a pair of Cibie H4's with a relay harness.

      http://www.danielsternlighting.com/

      I've "known" Daniel for years although I haven't met him in person; he's given me lots of good advice and made very little profit from me.

      nate

      --
      55 Commander Starlight
      http://members.cox.net/njnagel
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      55 Commander Starlight
      http://members.cox.net/njnagel

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      • #4

        With a fiberglass housing, I'd worry about the heat! Composites tend to trap and not radiate calories as well as steel. It might compromise a nice paint job...


        Bob Johnstone
        www.studebaker-info.org

        64 GT Hawk
        55 President State Sedan
        70 Avanti (R3)
        64 GT Hawk (K7)
        1970 Avanti (R3)

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        • #5
          I have similar lights in my '70 Avanti (Hella I believe). No problems at all, though admittedly it gets little night driving.





          Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.
          Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.

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          • #6
            come to think of it, Skip, are you reading this? Aren't you running E-codes on your A2?

            nate

            --
            55 Commander Starlight
            http://members.cox.net/njnagel
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            55 Commander Starlight
            http://members.cox.net/njnagel

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            • #7
              Scott

              Have you used the wiring harness from LMC and do you know if it will fit in a Stude Hawk GT? Do you know if the early one is better suited than the later one? It looks a lot easier to work with than Daniel Sterns kit.
              Thanks for your help.

              Ralph

              62 GT Hawk

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              • #8
                I have this HID conversion on my '53, but the electrical system is modern vs 1953 vintage.
                http://nelson-motorsports.com/IMG_2634.JPG


                '53 Commander
                Art Morrison chassis
                LS6 ASA/4L60E
                '53 Commander
                Art Morrison chassis
                LS6 ASA/4L60E

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                • #9
                  ralt -

                  Not to steal the thread...but...
                  Got more pictures of your 53?
                  Looks good from that angle.

                  Mike

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                  • #10
                    with the wrong offset wheels...
                    http://nelson-motorsports.com/IMG_2184.JPG
                    There's more at http://nelson-motorsports.com/studebaker.htm

                    '53 Commander
                    Art Morrison chassis
                    LS6 ASA/4L60E
                    '53 Commander
                    Art Morrison chassis
                    LS6 ASA/4L60E

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                    • #11
                      Ralph,

                      I'm planning on using that LMC kit in my 64 Wagonaire, but I haven't purchased it yet. I'm going to be rewiring my wagon this spring and plan on adding it to the Painless Wiring setup I already have.



                      Scott Rodgers
                      Los Angeles
                      SDC Member since 1989
                      '60 Lark HT
                      '63 Wagonaire
                      Scott Rodgers
                      Los Angeles
                      SDC Member since 1989
                      \'60 Lark HT
                      \'63 Wagonaire
                      \'66 Frankenbaker

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                      • #12
                        quote:Originally posted by N8N

                        come to think of it, Skip, are you reading this? Aren't you running E-codes on your A2?

                        nate

                        --
                        55 Commander Starlight
                        http://members.cox.net/njnagel
                        Nate-
                        Sorry to be late to the party. The answer is yes. I also have E-code Cibies on my 64 Daytona and a 62 Chevy. As you note, had to install a relay and new wiring. Used the existing wiring to power the relay switch.

                        Skip Lackie
                        Washington DC
                        Skip Lackie

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                        • #13
                          I'm glad to see this thread. I've been pondering the use of the Xenons on my coupe. Visibility at night is of utmost concern for me. Its the reason I installed the side marker lights on my car 25 yrs ago. Those are due for an upgrade too. I think I'll end up with some super bright LEDs in the rear and the Xenons in the front. Then perhaps I'll switch to the early Mopar side markers.

                          sals54
                          sals54

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                          • #14
                            I have installed Halogens in my 63 Lark and 63 Avanti. Have not done any night driving yet. Has anyone encountered electrical or heat problems using Halogens vs Standard lamps?

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                            • #15
                              Michael, I've been using Halogens in my '55 for 4 or 5 months, not at night, but whenever the ignition is on, the lights are on. I've noticed no heat problems at all. Yes, I've got a relay on them with new wires.

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                              Tom Bredehoft
                              '53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
                              '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
                              ....On the road, again....
                              '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
                              All Indiana built cars

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