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These are for the 1940 cars and use sealed beams.

They fit and Studebaker encouraged dealers to install them on 1939 cars.

The 1939 headlight used replaceable filament bulbs. Depend on how much of a nitpicker you are.

The 1940 headlights were much better.

Robert Kapteyn

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I have some on the other coast a little  bit less.  I guess it all depends on shipping these days. We are also in the middle of moving huge racks of Parts, so there is a bit of a wait.  Just like SI. 

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Yes the 40 is a better light because of the seal beam the light sockets for the bulbs in the 39 very hard to find and if you do they cost too much.

The look of the 39 is in my opinion is best.

The 39 parts are basic bucket reflector lens rim and a few stainless springs and clips type stuff east enough to rebuild.

The 39 reflector all seem to crack and the H4 converse for the bulb is the way to go.

The Champion has the same headlights.

What do you have to start with for headlights?

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The problem with the '39s is that the cork seal under the rim fails and the headlight body fills with water. It sits there and the base of the headlight quietly rusts away. In addition, the rim is die cast and it corrodes. The support for the cork seal also rusts away so rebuilding them is time consuming.

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I have a complete 40 Commander but I like the looks of the flush and sloped 39's alot better.  Presently, starting from scratch on the headlights and plan to convert to 12v.  Not a purist. 

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On 1/15/2019 at 4:04 PM, studeebakerseast said:

I will use voltage reducers on the electrical items.  No overdrive.

Will that work on reverse polarity?

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