Studebaker Commander and Champion, 1946-53
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

Studebaker Key Features:
  • Quality: Made to original specs, 100% fit guarantee.
  • Original Configuration: This is a classic two part top: the main top and rear window sections are made separately and joined upon installation. The original window was plastic.
  • Original Factory Material: Haartz Stayfast Canvas
  • Original Colors: Black on Tan, Tan on Tan, and Light Neutral on Tan
  • Alternate Materials: Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl
  • All seams are doubly electronically welded and sewn for added reinforcement. Convertible top fabrics are mildew & mold resistant, and UV treated for color fastness. Plastic windows are DOT rated heavy 40-gauge thick vinyl.
  • Shop with confidence: 6 year manufacturer warranty.

 

Convertible Tops and Packages

Convertible Tops and Packages

Best Buy!
A.) Package Special:
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top
with installation package:


Package Includes:
  • Convertible Top in Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl with Plastic Window
  • Top Pads
  • Our 40 page Two-Part Top Install Manual (see below)
  • Trimmer Contact Cement with Brush 
Color:

As low as:
$459.95
Best Buy!
B.) A Package Special
Haartz Stayfast Canvas Top
with installation package.


Package Includes: 
  • Studebaker top in Haartz Stayfast Canvas with Rear Plastic Window
  • Pads (75" with Quarters)
  • Installation Manual (see below)
  • Trimmer Contact Cement with brush.
Color:

As low as:
$745.00
C.) Studebaker Convertible Top in Stayfast Canvas with Blank Curtain
You can install your own glass window into this blank curtain.

Top seams run front window to top of rear window.

Double-thick blank curtain with horseshoe zipper.

For: 1946-53 Studebaker Commander and Champion Convertible Top
Color
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$780.00
Studebaker Commander and Champion convertible tops and parts in this category fit model years: 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953


Installation Supplies

Installation Supplies

New Edition!!!
Convertible Top Guys' "How To Remove and Install Classic Two-Part Tops."

This 40-page, extensively illustrated how-to manual walks you through removing and installing a two-part convertible top. The manual applies to almost all American convertibles made before the year 2004, and some foreign cars, too, like Celicas and Saabs. This is a bound 8 1/2 x 11 book; designed as both a tutorial for first-time installers and as a step-by-step manual for these convertible tops. Generally, all that is needed and not contained is the "bow height" which is the setting of the rear top frame bow for your convertible. This is available from any top distributor.

What skills are required ? (1) The ability to drive staples into bow frame tacking strips (2) The ability to orient fabric sections to the frame and apply with contact cement. (3) A systematic and careful personality ! (There is never any sewing required.)

Note: Very early cars (forties) had wood bows and installers will have to adjust processes for stapling to these bows instead of tacking strips in steel bows as described in manual.

   Details...

$30.95
Top Pads with Quarters, Stayfast Canvas

 

   Details...

$169.95
Plastic pry tool, great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc
$9.95
Set of Top Pads, Long and Short.
   Details...

$68.00
The Arrow T50ACD electric staple gun drives wire staples with force. It will securely drive 1/4" and 3/8" staples into modern convertible top tack strips, eliminating the need for an air gun for convertible top installation. This stapler comes with the a supply of 1/4" and 3/8" staples.

This stapler also has a brad driving capability, so you can use this stapler again and again for a variety of jobs.

The Arrow T50ACD packs a well-balanced powerful, durable design. Comes complete with 10-foot, heavy-duty cord, a supply of T50 series staples, and a one-year manufacturer's warranty.

The Arrow T50ACD stapler has a spiral driven mechanism for consistent powerful driving power. Additional features include safety trigger lock, comfortable non-slip cushion grip, fastener reload, all-steel working parts, and 14-amp motor.
   Details...

$56.95
Arrow T-50 Stainless Staples, 1/4", 300 Count

 

$3.49
Arrow T-50 Stainless-Steel Staples 3/8", 300 Count
$3.49
Arrow T-50 Stainless-Steel Staples, 3/8", 1000 Count
$9.95
Arrow T-50 Stainless-Steel Staples, 1/4", 1000 Count
$9.49
Trimmer Contact Cement: 4-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
$8.95
Trimmer Contact Cement: 8-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
$12.95
Plastic pry tool set, 7-piece kit

Great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc.

$26.95


Boots

Boots

Convertible Top Boot, Attaches as Original - In Original Sierra Vinyl.
Includes 35 Snaps and Snap Installation Tool. Snaps not installed.

This boot fits the 1950-1952 Studebaker only. 
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$219.95
Convertible Top Boot Bag ATREX Part # - BOOT BAG
$33.95


Cleaning & Protectant

Cleaning & Protectant

A PACKAGE SPECIAL:
A Combination Pack of RAGGTOPP Brand Canvas Cleaner & Protectant.
  • Plus:
  • Raggtopp Convertible Top Plastic Window Cleaner and Protectant Kit.
  • The Natural Horsehair Convertible Top Cleaning Brush
$79.95
A Combination Pack of RAGGTOPP Brand Canvas Cleaner & Protectant

About RAGGTOPP products
$38.95
A PACKAGE SPECIAL:
A Combination Pack of the RAGGTOPP Brand Vinyl Cleaner and Protectant.
  • Plus:
  • Raggtopp Convertible Top Plastic Window Cleaner and Protectant Kit.
  • The Natural Horsehair Convertible Top Cleaning Brush
$79.95
A Combination Pack of the RAGGTOPP Brand Vinyl Cleaner and Protectant Together

About RAGGTOPP products
$34.95
Raggtopp Convertible Top Plastic Window Cleaner and Protectant Kit

Contains:

  • Bottle Window Cleaner
  • Bottle Window Protectant
  • Sponge, Applicator Pad
  • Microfiber Towel

About RAGGTOPP products
$30.95
Natural Horsehair Convertible Top Cleaning Brush

About Natural Horsehair Brush
$14.95


Important Information

Original Factory Color(s): Black, Tan and Light Neutral

Models:
There were several Studebaker models during this period, including Champion, Commander, Regal and State Coupe. All Studebaker convertibles from 1946-53 take the same top.

Fabrics:
The original Studebaker convertible topping fabric for these years was canvas. We offer modern Haartz Stayfast canvas tops. We offer these tops also in Haartz pinpoint vinyl. You can read full information on topping fabrics at the "Help" link at the top of this page.

Installation:
This is a classic two part top: the main top and the rear window sections are integrated during the installation process.

Installation involves stapling (using stainless steel staples) and gluing. There is no sewing. If you are confident using an air driven staple gun then you are a good candidate for do-it-yourself installation. You can read a summary of our 'two part top' manual via the blue link at the bottom of this page.

Tack Strips:
Tacking strips are embedded in the header and rear top frame bows. They receive the staples. We offer replacement strips. (If your lower--below the back window--tacking belts need replacement please inquire.)

Pads:
Pads are installed under the top. They 'build out' the top along the sides.

Boots:
A boot is optional; it receives and covers the top in the down position. We strongly recommend choosing a boot in a modern boot vinyl. This has some "give" and is much easier to use than a boot made in a topping fabric. Boots are usually chosen to complement the paint or interior colors.

Package Specials:
Our packages are designed to provide everything you will need for a full restoration job.

Do-it-yourselfers:   Read a summary of convertible top installation.
CONVERTIBLE TOP FABRICS
Almost all manufacturers use Haartz fabrics. They may specify "heaviest weight" or "original replacement" in ways that seem reassuring. But they do not really tell the whole story. Please bear in mind that two things dominate, by far, the quality issue: (a) the manufacturing quality control in the factory that makes the top and (b) the care and thoroughness of the installation. There is a trade-off in weight: heavier is better for resisting tear through, but lighter is better for flexibility and abrasion from within that may arise from movement. Almost all our tops are a flexible medium density (36 oz.) fabric. Heavier is not better in most cases. Where it is, because of the top design, we will say so and the top will be made of the heavier vinyl.


Parts in this category (Studebaker Commander and Champion) fit cars for years: 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953.