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When did Studebaker switch to the 12 volt system?

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    When did Studebaker switch to a twelve volt system as standard on their cars? I know it was between '54 and '57, but I'm not sure. Anyone know? It has probably been mentioned time out of hand, but I can't find it with the search function. Knowing me, I've typed the search parameters in wrong.[:I][)]


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    quote:Originally posted by studeclunker

    When did Studebaker switch to a twelve volt system as standard on their cars? I know it was between '54 and '57, but I'm not sure. Anyone know? It has probably been mentioned time out of hand, but I can't find it with the search function. Knowing me, I've typed the search parameters in wrong.[:I][)]


    Lotsa Larks!
    K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
    Ron Smith
    Ron, '56 was the first model year for Studebakers to have 12 volt electrical systems, at least for domestic cars and trucks. Maybe export models got it earlier for some markets?

    I'm pretty sure it was not a running change; i.e. '55 = 6 volt, '56 = 12 volt.

    Interestingly enough, Weasels have a 12 volt electrical system, probably because they were intended for cold weather operation, AND because they were intended to carry 2-way radios.

    Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands
    Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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    • #3
      On the Studebaker Museum site, this month's trivia question is

      " When did Studebaker switch to a twelve volt system as standard on their cars?"

      However, I've entered that contest NUMEROUS times with the correct answer and have yet to be recognized as a winner in any way. It's still fun to do though, just to test your knowledge. [8D]

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      Matthew Burnette
      Hazlehurst, Georgia
      '59 Scotsman PU
      '63 Daytona HT



      http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/
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        Yes, the debut of the '56 models saw the intro of 12volts. Why? I've never read this but I suspect it was economic. 12volt wiring can be substantially lighter gage than 6volt. Higher voltage means lower Amps can be used to do the same work. And it's Amps - not volts that dictates wire gage. Everything else (switches, motors, etc.) can get by with a bit less metal as well. Think of the savings for all that copper saved from lighter gage harnesses!
        I don't know about the rest of the country, but we're having a wave of copper thefts here in the central valley. With scrap copper bringing $4 bucks a pound now, farm machinery, well pump motors or anything else that's got copper in it's makeup is being stolen and scavenged for it's valuable content! The sheriff's dept. is seriously considering buying pilotless surviellance planes to watch over remotely parked farm and construction equipment!!!
        There was a report on TV a couple weeks ago where they caught this couple in Fresno that was systematically stripping out the wiring out of city street lamps by day! It's nuts.

        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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        • #5
          Around here they're going into brand new houses that aren't yet sold and chopping out all the plumbing in one night [}]

          Still don't know why they don't crack down on the scrapyards that buy obviously new and roughly cut-up copper...[?]

          Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
          Parish, central NY 13131
          http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

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          • #6
            Mr Biggs theres a old Army Amunition Plant near me that has been redeveloped or is being redeveloped into an industrial park.
            Vast parts of the complex is unused and thieves have broken into buildings to steal copper wire. Unfortunately for two of them, some still have the 440 v 3 phase power on. One thief died and one lost an arm.

            3E38
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            4E28
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            7E7
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            8E28
            4E2
            59 Lark
            etc

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