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  • Commander51
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    quote:Originally posted by PaulDriver

    quote:Originally posted by Commander51
    Most judging takes place in broad daylight-- you could have a different color for each bulb and no one would be the wiser...
    Except the trooper who pulls you over that night.

    Slow down. Besides, with a Studebaker he'll likely take your word for the 'fact' that multicolored lights were original... How could he possibly know otherwise? And if he does know, he just want to admire your ride anyway...

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    quote:Originally posted by Commander51
    Most judging takes place in broad daylight-- you could have a different color for each bulb and no one would be the wiser...
    Except the trooper who pulls you over that night.

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  • Commander51
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    Go to a craft store and buy paint for stained glass. I used amber or yellow on my park/turn bulbs and the results are great. They have about 60 colors at my local Michael's. Buy a shade to match your car...

    Most judging takes place in broad daylight-- you could have a different color for each bulb and no one would be the wiser...

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  • Blue 15G
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    Had an original '64 Daytona Hardtop back in the mid-70's and the instrument panel lights were definitely red.

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  • N8N
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    In all seriousness, I don't think the red bulbs were introduced until the intro of the Avanti, so they would not be correct for any car built before the Avanti intro. My point was if you think they're cool, you're not building a 400 point show car, and they fit, why no use 'em?

    nate

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    62 Daytona hardtop
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  • jackb
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    I just disassembled an original 64' Cruiser. The bulbs were all red except: Clock, tranny, & directionals....Have had several 59's & 60's...never seen one with red bulbs....Point is, if you have a car that has very low mileage, and looks clean, the bulb configuration "should" be original. Anybody could do anything later on...including a dealer...Some may not know or want to know, but the factory was a real SOB sometimes with dealers.....Tho the prevailing thought was that the Stude dealer "tried" harder, cause he had to, the factory "made" the dealer take inventory & stock (vehicles) as part of their arrangement.

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  • 65cruiser
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    Consensus? I see both red AND white. I don't see no stinkin consensus
    quote:Originally posted by studeroger

    The dash lights on my '59 Lark are red. So, it looks like a consensus.
    It's RED.
    Rog
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    1965 Studebaker Cruiser

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  • raprice
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    The dash lights on my '59 Lark are red. So, it looks like a consensus.
    It's RED.
    Rog

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  • studeclunker
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    I have two '64 wagons that are original as far as I can tell. Both have nothing but clear bulbs in them. One wagon was assembled in the South Bend shop and was abandoned for seventeen years in a field. All of the dash lights had been ruined by a dash fire. They had all been clear. The other is Canadian and also had clear dash lights.
    Knowing Studebaker as the Burger King of car makers (have it your way), nothing would suprise me.

    Lotsa Larks!
    Studeclunker
    A.K.A: out2lunch

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  • Mike
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    The glass in the dial of my Avanti radio is painted red along the edge. The bulb is clear. Of course, if you want to use a Lark radio, you could dye the bulb.
    Mike M.

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  • Chris Collins
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    On my 66, the radio light is white as are all the others. I did not know there was an ignition switch light, mine must be burned out. The ign. switch light was apparently dropped on Commanders for 66. (Only had the car about a year, have not been under the dash yet).

    From my 64 Hawk & Lark-type, plus 65 & 66 owners manuals, the 65-66 parts manual, and the Stude Int'l catalog, here's what I've found:

    64 Lark types: lighter, clock, instruments, ignition switch, radio, and inst. switches all have "R" by the bulb #'s. Glovebox, hi beam indicator and auto trans. quadrant do not.

    64 Hawk is the same, except lighter, clock, instruments, ignition switch, and tach all say "C or R".

    65: Everything is "R" except glovebox, hi beam and tranny indicators.

    66: All Clear per the parts manual. (My owners guide says "R" for the clock and gauges only, but that could be a typo since the 66 and 65 manuals are largely the same except for a few illustrations).

    Hope this helps. Of course folks have learned that what actually went out the door could vary, especially in the later years.

    Chris Collins
    63 Avanti R-2
    66 Cruiser

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  • lvanw
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    I've had 65 wagon and 64 sedan and both had red dash lights
    John

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    Sherwood Egbert was an aviation fan and his influence showed up in the many places. The I believe the entire '64 line (and perhaps the '63's) had red instrument bulbs. (And the Avanti's showed up with overhead switches, etc.) The bulbs went back to white on the later models.

    For coloring, I've used normal (cheap) white bulbs and a red Magic Marker, applying several coats.

    Take care,

    Mark

    MarkC, 64 Y8
    Working in Spokane, WA

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  • 65cruiser
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    Chris,

    What about the light in your radio and near the ignition switch. Are they red or white?

    quote:Originally posted by Chris Collins

    I wondered what is correct also, as the ones in my Cruiser are all white. The 65-66 parts manual and the Avanti parts manual list the same parts # for the bulbs (1557882), but only the Avanti book makes the additional notation "57R", so I think white is correct for our cars. If you wish to try making your own red bulbs, I have heard of people having better results by going to a crafts store, and buying the red stain/dye used in stained glass projects.

    Chris Collins
    63 Avanti R-2
    66 Cruiser
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    Mark Anderson
    http://home.alltel.net/anderm
    1965 Studebaker Cruiser

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  • Chris Collins
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    I wondered what is correct also, as the ones in my Cruiser are all white. The 65-66 parts manual and the Avanti parts manual list the same parts # for the bulbs (1557882), but only the Avanti book makes the additional notation "57R", so I think white is correct for our cars. If you wish to try making your own red bulbs, I have heard of people having better results by going to a crafts store, and buying the red stain/dye used in stained glass projects.

    Chris Collins
    63 Avanti R-2
    66 Cruiser

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