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Swinging Taillamp

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Empty Pockets Garage, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. Empty Pockets Garage
    Joined: Dec 1, 2012
    Posts: 4

    Empty Pockets Garage
    from Arizona

    Good day.I need some help in telling me what this tail lamp? is. I took it apart (don't we all) to look for any markings and found none.It was very well gasketed/sealed.It has provisions for automotive type bulb in the top and bottom.When you swing the lower portion it clicks on left and right.It is set up like a vacuum wiper in the lower half.Any clues?:confused:

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  2. Probably for a boat
  3. Google search "Wig-Wag taillight"
  4. unkledaddy
    Joined: Jul 21, 2006
    Posts: 2,860


    That's a "Wig Wag" tail light. They were supposed to look like a swinging lantern and
    the swinging motion was vacuum operated. May be worth $400-$500.
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  5. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 5,938


    I believe they were a Studebaker accessory, weren't they? I've seen a NOS one go for $1100.00.
  6. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    Member Emeritus

    They made aftermarket wig wags also. this is a factory unit. It wags back and forth when the brake is applied. I had one of the cheaper aftermarket wig wags made of stamped steel but I have not seen it in years.
  7. lostmind
    Joined: Aug 21, 2011
    Posts: 2,007


    Was also an accessory for 1936-37 Hudson
    Yours looks to be in good condition. Missing the pedestal?
    $400 is usually the ballpark price , depending on condition.
  8. millersgarage
    Joined: Jun 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,995


    Wow, I've Never seen one of those before.
  9. Steves46
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 365

    from Florida

    A fellow in our area has a set on his 37 Chevy Pick-up. He told me that it is a pretty rare aftermarket accessory and he mentioned that Studebaker also had these on the early models. Looks really cool!
  10. aircap
    Joined: Mar 10, 2011
    Posts: 1,473


    Common on old Studebaker trucks, and worth beaucoup!
  11. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 5,516

    from Oregon

    1937 Studebaker optional "wig-wag" tail lamp. Have one also, and asked the same question when I first found the HAMB years ago. Vacuum operated swing motion.
  12. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 7,221


    I wish I never seen it as I now want a pair of them,I know it wont happen since I wont pay what they are worth unless I would hit the lottery.
  13. yes - had one on my high-school Studebaker - only worked when a cheerleader was clapping her hands.....

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