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  1. Thanks, Larry. Good to have a photo to go with the printed directions.
  2. Thanks for the info and story, Carl. I appreciate it. It sounds like we're a bit of kindred spirits! From your photos your top appears to be in similar, and probably a little better, shape than mine. I purchased my Studebaker Big Six one year ago from a fellow in a small town in Illinois who was at the point of passing on his vehicles to others. He was the third owner since new and all three gentlemen had been neighbors, so the car had never "left" that town. As such I know the complete history, with documentation, of the car from the day it was originally bought. This was definitely on
  3. Thanks, Hugh. This certainly has more detail than my Studebaker owners manual. As you say, it looks very similar. I'll definitely use it as a guide as I attempt my first lowering.
  4. Thanks Scott. I'll use your photos as a guide when I try lowering mine. Better than just having the diagrams.
  5. Yes, I'll definitely look at this. Even though it's a Big Six I don't believe the top would reach back "into" the car, but may wrap upwards nicely on top of the lowered bows.
  6. Ok, the top is only connected to the very front and rear bow, so it would pull away nicely from the the intermediate bows.
  7. Thank you. Hadn't thought about bringing the fabric up to the top of the bows.
  8. Sure, no argument here...I always defer to original info or directions. I guess it really seems to me that the top material, due to age, etc., doesn't lend itself to rolling or folding - almost like a plastic material; which is why I was wondering if anyone had any similar experience or concerns.
  9. Am going to attempt to lower the top on my '22 Studebaker for the first time and wanted to check something. The owners manual direction (copy attached) states to roll the top up after it is lowered and basically tuck it between the first and last bow. Does anyone have any experience that this way reduces the chance of damage to the top as opposed to, say, folding it in between each set of bows as they are lowered? Rolling it would obviously put less stress on it than folds but just wanted to see what others experience might have been. Very sure my top is original and will take it very slow
  10. Am going to attempt to lower the top on my '22 Speedster for the first time and wanted to check something. The owners manual direction (copy attached) states to roll the top up after it is lowered and basically tuck it between the first and last bow. Does anyone have any experience that this way reduces the chance of damage to the top as opposed to, say, folding it in between each set of bows as they are lowered? Rolling it would obviously put less stress on it than folds but just wanted to see what others experience might have been. Very sure my top is original and will take it very slowl
  11. Thanks, Scott. It does possibly indicate that my car had the "one piece" rear seat bottom (just a bench seat), and that another seat was offered (that included the center armrest). Looking close to my photo of it above, it looks to me that the back of the center arm rest is just against the vertical seat back (maybe not attached). The bottom of the arm rest must be attached to the seat bottom but, to me, it's not apparent how. There is no indication at all on my seat bottom that there were provisions to add anything to it.
  12. Thanks for all the info from everyone. I'll carefully try the suggestions but my first motto always is "Do No Harm". I just found it interesting that there sure seems to be a distinct difference between the two painted areas. Good input on why that may be the case.
  13. Thanks, I've looked for some brochures from 1922 when I believe my Speedster model was first introduced but haven't found any to reference. I just have a couple of advertising ads that show this back seat. Very unique and I think adds a bit of "class".
  14. This is interesting...back in my memory I think I saw a period ad or writeup on these cars actually being a dark blue and not necessarily black, but am not sure. Your explanation would point to my car having two paint systems/methods that here 98 years later are reacting differently. I will try a very fine grit rubbing compound.
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