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50 Champion back up light?

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  • 50 Champion back up light?

    just curious.....

    was a backup light an option on a 1950 Champion? is the correct placement between the fender joint and the trunk? After looking at many photos on the 'net, I see backup lights in various places... even dual lights..... what would be correct?

    Bob

    '50 Champion Starlight
    '71 Swiss 404 Unimog

  • #2
    Yes, AC-1885, and the kit with only one light is AC-1886. I wondered why anyone would pay extra for back-up lights, then get only one. Fred Fox explained in his Feb. 2001 TW article; because the name script 'Land Cruiser' was installed where the right backup light would be.
    They do mount on the panel as you said, about 7" up from the bottom. If wired as per instructions in the kit, they get power from the tail light wiring.

    [img] http://home.comcast.net/~jdwain/63.63.jpg [/img]
    Dwain G.

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    • #3
      Hey Bob,
      The lights are operated by a switch mouted to the steering wheel shaft and actuated by the reverse shift lever. I wired mine from the battery power lug on the ignition switch, through a fuse, the steering column switch and back to the two backup lights. I tried to post photos but
      I'm still batting under .500 in doing that.

      1950 Champion Starlight
      1963 Hawk GT
      Santa Barbara
      CA
      The 1950 Champion Starlight
      Santa Barbara
      CA

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      • #4
        Finally figured out the photo problem. Below is an illustation from the 1950
        dealers assessory booklet.



        1950 Champion Starlight
        1963 Hawk GT
        Santa Barbara
        CA
        The 1950 Champion Starlight
        Santa Barbara
        CA

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        • #5
          Instructions and templates for drilling are available through the SDC keeper of the templates and instructions. Someone here refresh my memory. Is that Dave Mottle?
          "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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          • #6
            I don't know that Brian is the Stude librarian. Last I knew, it was Dave Mottle in New Mexico.
            If you write to him for info, you need to send at least postage as his works aren't funded by SDC.

            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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            • #7
              My memory is refreshed and so is my post. Thanks, Bob.

              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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              • #8
                Thanks gentlemen!! I do have one backup light on the drivers side.... but I was curious about the extra one! now I know!!! Thanks again for all the great help!!

                Merry Christmas to all!!

                '50 Champion Starlight
                '71 Swiss 404 Unimog

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