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Old 05-28-2008, 06:40 PM
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Ordering a conv top; how long a wait?

I may need a top if a car deal goes through. This car uses a "re-useable" metal framed window in the back. So, I need to find a place that can make a "fixed rear curtain-top" with NO cutout for the back window.

I've googled for an hour and few places offer any tops except ones with plastic rear curtains with zippers.

Shop owners; where would you recommend that I try...and just how long to get one? I did see one place that could do it "up to 6 weeks". Heck, the season will be over

Can a local trim shop sew up a vinyl top (or whatever works) "in house"? Car is a 47 Studebaker
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Try these guys. I used many of their tops when I was in the trim business, back in the seventies. Crown Auto top (Crown Dielectric Industries) 830 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43222-1421, United States

Phone: (614) 224-5161

Great fitting high quality tops. BOB
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This is the place to go for a hard to find convertible top or rear curtain.
www.electrontop.com You don't say what curtain you're looking for, and I'm not sure they will sell to a non-dealer. If you need help, PM me and I can help you. If they will sell to you, it won't take more than 10 days. Be prepared, most of these places don't sell to the general public because they don't want negative publicity involving amateurs installing their own tops and screwing them up. That's why they designate certain shops as certified installers of their products. My shop is designated as a certified installer, if you search for area code 715, or zip code 54539. The places that do sell directly to the public generally do not have any tops that are hard to find, can't do special orders, are limited to only a few choices as far as top material, and normally do not offer a very high quality product. I can order a top made out of one of over a hundred fabric choices and colors. There's more to buying a top than just the top. You may need cables, pads, hidem, etc. If you have never replaced a convertible top, especially one that is not ordinary, you may get way over your head.

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You don't say what curtain you're looking for,
As far as I can tell by looking at web pics of those cars, I "think" the rear curtain was "fixed" - "no zipper". But, then again, I can't see much detail in those pics. The car uses a potmetal rear window frame that looks like a split front windshield on a 1940s car, with 2 pieces of glass.

So, I don't know if "all" american convertibles had a zip-down curtain in the late 40s, or not. If it was a 1950s car, I would think they all used a drop down curtain.


Yes, I am sure I'll "need help" in getting a top, if I buy the car. I understand what you say about "commercial sales".
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I meant to say "curtain for what make and model car," not "what curtain you are looking for." I didn't see that you said it was a 1947 Studebaker. All Studebakers from 1946 to 1952 have either a vinyl curtain or a double blank window.
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Dan, It is a 47 Studebaker Champion. Thanks.

I was trying to find a pic that I saw of the back window....still searching
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