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56 wagon back-up lights

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  • 56 wagon back-up lights

    I know we have had this discussion a while back, BUT I just got outbid on ebay for what I would consider to be a set of 56 back-up lights for a my wagon. The question,puzzle and the real question is are they the same as the 59-61 Hawk parking/turn signal lights.(Ebay #250104255146),I took what was left of mine and compared them to the ebay add and they look identical. As you can see they went for what I consider real money. I was on the road so I had to place my bids early so I couldn't rebid but I JUST GOT'S TO KNOW, are these the same???? Thanks, If someone can add the ebay pic's that would be great?

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    My memory of those Wagon B/U lights is that they were flatter on the backside than the '59-'61 hawk Parking Lights(they are deep bullets). Both however are same style and brand (GM) Guide, housing and glass lens, but I don't think those interchange either. I think you have a better chance finding these on a '51 Pontiac than a Hawk!

    There are a bunch of SDC members in the Northern Calif. area with these '56 Wagons restored, someone must have B/U lights on one to compare!

    StudeRich
    Studebakers Northwest
    Ferndale, WA
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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      If anyone has a set on their wagon can you post a picture or measurements. Mine are 2 1/4 dia(at the opening) and approx 2 3/4 deep(housing only, no lens or bezel).My wagon's build sheet say they were OEM. I know the 55's are diff. and the 57's haven't seen any yet. But I can say they look just like the ones on ebay that where suppose to be Hawks?? Mine are rusted pretty bad but I might have to have them rechromed and it appears everything but the housing is available new thru SI. Maybe they were mis-represented on e-bay??? Thanks

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      • #4
        1957 Wagons do not have the hung-on afterthought looking kind of accessory back-up light, they are built into the tailights.

        Quote: KGlowacky /and the 57's, haven't seen any yet./

        StudeRich
        Studebakers Northwest
        Ferndale, WA
        StudeRich
        Second Generation Stude Driver,
        Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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