as some of you may know, i'm building a 54 stude for my father.(see thread:my father and his studebakers) there are several updates that i am doing to this car, and although some are probably more of a street rod type thing, its what my dad wants, so thats what he gets. it will be a mix/mash of new and old, but hopefully it wont be confused as alot of "custom" cars can get. the body will have subtle mods, but i'm having trouble in one area. it's always bugged me about these cars, and i'd like to change it. when introduced in 53, there definately wasn't anything out there similar in the domestic market. hamber rixrex quoted" the 53-4 stude coupes make everything else available at the time look like a loaf of bread!", and i have to agree....slippery, smooth flowing lines....except for one thing....the headlights. standing there, upright,defiant, in the face of all those beautiful angles of that front end. i'm not sure of the drag coefficient, but as far as a design standpoint, they definately detract from it to me.they could have used the headlights from 38-40's fords, or even early vw's as they would've blended well into the design. ...and that leads me to my dilemma. i'd like to change the headlights to reflect the angles of the front end, but do it tastefully and in a way that works with the design. understandably, i will run into the naysayers and the "traditionalists", but i know there are some truly great designers on this board, and some really good "eyes". (i have a arts degree myself) i've found a few examples of cars done over the years that i like and wanted to put them here for your opinions and judgement. i like each one for different reasons, but just wanted to see what others think. ultimately, i'll have to decide which one i like, but for an excersize in design, i just wanted to see what the H.A.M.B. had to say. john martin was the first guy i saw put the mercedes headlights on a coupe, but i couldn't find a good enough pic to post. the first car is terp christensen's coupe with minicooper headlights. i like the flow and the chrome trim of this install, but it definately gives the car a more modern feel. next is just a typical "french" install. clean and simple, but still detracts from the flowing lines, but cleaner than the factory.i dont know whose car it is, but i like it. the third is a different take that i've never seen before, but after searching for hours on flickr, i came across it and really like the treatment. "one off customs" built the car, and i think they did a great job. i'd love to see more examples if you have em, as i have quite a few more monts till i leave afganistan and get home to get to work on the car, and eventually make up my mind. please lemme know what you guys think, and give me a "why" to go along with your opinion.