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spratt
05-16-2006, 04:52 PM
Hello

I am a new member so If I'm covering old territory please point me in the right direction.

I have the mechanical pieces of a skytop that I would like to install in my 63 lark. All of the pictures that I see do not show enough detail for me to know how to finish the edges, interior. etc.

Does any one have any suggestions of how to go about cutting and finsishing the hole in the existing top. Or better yet is someone willing to take some detailed photos of an existing skytop for me.

I have access to plenty of marketing type photos but they are not detailed enough for my needs. As well, I have looked at the links from the skytop registry site which has a lot of good info but the pictures are not detailed enough.

This lark is also equiped with a paxton on a 259 and a four speed tranny. I think the sky top would make a nice option.

Has anyone attempted to do this on an existing hardtop?

Any suggestions or help would greatly be appreciated. I live in North Carolina and would be happy to travel some to see an existing skytop as well.

Thanks in advance

Steve

DEEPNHOCK
05-16-2006, 05:26 PM
There is a skytop in our chapter.
Perhaps he could share info with you...
But...
Have you looked at the build sheet on your particular Lark?
Adding the skytop may well devalue it.
Jeff[8D]



quote:Originally posted by spratt

Hello

I am a new member so If I'm covering old territory please point me in the right direction.

I have the mechanical pieces of a skytop that I would like to install in my 63 lark. All of the pictures that I see do not show enough detail for me to know how to finish the edges, interior. etc.

Does any one have any suggestions of how to go about cutting and finsishing the hole in the existing top. Or better yet is someone willing to take some detailed photos of an existing skytop for me.

I have access to plenty of marketing type photos but they are not detailed enough for my needs. As well, I have looked at the links from the skytop registry site which has a lot of good info but the pictures are not detailed enough.

This lark is also equiped with a paxton on a 259 and a four speed tranny. I think the sky top would make a nice option.

Has anyone attempted to do this on an existing hardtop?

Any suggestions or help would greatly be appreciated. I live in North Carolina and would be happy to travel some to see an existing skytop as well.

Thanks in advance

Steve

JDP
05-16-2006, 06:44 PM
SASCO did have a Skytop roof in stock a couple of years back.

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rockne10
05-16-2006, 09:32 PM
You can also visit the Skytop Registry through this site

http://hometown.aol.com/r1skytop/myhomepage/index.html

55s
05-16-2006, 10:22 PM
We have a skytop in our club that was installed from another lark. Cooincidentally, his name is Steve too. THe body shop did the work, so I'm not sure whether he will know the details.

Alternately, the Skytop register man, Paul, I think has the blueprints for successful installation - if not, there post here, and there is a custodian of all Studebaker templates, and he can send you the info.

The skytop was apparently used in other cars as well.

Paul

spratt
05-17-2006, 10:34 AM
Thanks for all of the responses

I checked with sasco and they no longer have any skytop stuff.

The installations instructions on the skytop site are for a VW but I'll email them and ask if the have more.

BillsLark from the list has said he would take some close up photos.
That should help a lot.

Thanks again

Steve

r1lark
05-18-2006, 12:32 PM
Hi Steve,

I have sent you an 'off-forum' email. I live in NC also, so I know of at least one Skytop you can look at<G>.

Paul

Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: http://hometown.aol.com/r1skytop/myhomepage/index.html

JBOYLE
05-18-2006, 04:12 PM
There is an England-based company that makes EOM fabric sunroofs...and I believe "DIY" kits. I don't know if they made the originals, but they [u]might</u> have a kit you can use.
Its name is Webasto... www.webasto.com

Look under "Great Britain" for details of fabric sunroof...their site seems to indicate it only sells power glass sunroofs in the US.

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N8N
05-18-2006, 04:21 PM
I want to say that the Skytop was actually made by Golde, not Webasto, but I'm just going off memory here...

nate

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studegary
05-18-2006, 05:05 PM
quote:Originally posted by N8N

I want to say that the Skytop was actually made by Golde, not Webasto, but I'm just going off memory here...

nate



From the previous owner of two red Studebaker Skytop hardtops, I believe that your memory is correct (Golde), N8N/Nate.

Gary L.
1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

charles rene robinson
05-18-2006, 10:59 PM
JUST THE SUBJECT I NEED . I AM NEW TO THE STUDEBAKER CLUB BUT NOT NEW TO OLD CARS. I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR A 53 STARLINER HDTP FOR MANY YEARS , FINALLY I FOUND ONE , AND GUESS ,YES IT HAS A SKYTOP IN IT . IT ALSO NEEDS NEW CANVAS,SURE WOOD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE IS A KIT AVAILIBLE. NOW TO RAISE A FEW EYES I'M PRETTY SURE IT'S THE STYLIST'S CAR, TURNING WHEELS-DEC 03 .A FEW THINGS HAVE CHANGED,BUT 90 PERCENT OF IT IS DESCRIBED IN THE ARTICLE. ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. CHAS. RENE' ROBINSON 53 STUDEBAKER

spratt
05-19-2006, 07:20 AM
Charles

I found out from Paul from the skytop registry (see above)

that the '59 thru '64 Studebaker Car Body Parts Manual has complete exploded drawings of the skytop

I orderd one from sasco for $28

Steve

mbstude
05-19-2006, 11:28 AM
Mr. Robinson, you baught Paul McKeehan's 53? (I think it was him) I'd like to see some pics of it. Has it really deteriorated over the years?


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charles rene robinson
05-19-2006, 08:31 PM
THANKS STEVE I APPRECIATE THE INFO. NOW TO ANSWER MATT THE STUDE NUT YES I'M PRETTY SURE THE 53 I HAVE WAS MR. MCHEANS IT HAS A CALIFORNIA REISSUED VIN # .BUT AFTER LOOKING THE CAR OVER IT HAS GT GAUGES GT POWER SEAT OVERHEAD CONSOLE W 5 ROCKER SWITCHES ' THE INTERIOR IS RECVERED IN LT BRN. OR SADDLE , BUTTON TUCK. ITS MISSING THE WIRE WHEELS . LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE WAS GETTING READY TO REDO IT AS THE CENTER CONSOLE IS ALSO MISSING . THE CAR IS VERY SOLID NO RUST,EXCEPT A SMALL HOLE IN THE TRUNK WHERE THE BATTERY SAT . I HAVE GOT IT RUNNING AN I DROVE IT A FEW BLKS IN MY NEIBORHOOD . ILL SEND YOU SOME PICS JUST E- MAIL ME- THANKS GUYS MUCH RENE'

mbstude
05-19-2006, 09:19 PM
It's amazing that one can still find one-off Studebakers around. My e-mail is mbstude at yahoo dot com.

Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
South Georgia Chapter
63 Daytona HT (project)
51 Stude dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
52 Commander Starliner (basket case)

MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars
http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstude101
And here: http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstudepagetwo
And here too: http://photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos

studegary
05-20-2006, 03:13 PM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude

It's amazing that one can still find one-off Studebakers around. s


To me, a "one-off Studebaker" would be a factory authorized car, like the 1953 convertible prototype. The 1953 that we are refering to is a later custom. There are many of those around. I own two myself.

Gary L.
1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

mbstude
05-20-2006, 08:17 PM
Even so, it was still built by a Studebaker employeed person. Guess that's what I meant.

Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
South Georgia Chapter
63 Daytona HT (project)
51 Stude dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
52 Commander Starliner (basket case)

MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars
http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstude101
And here: http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstudepagetwo
And here too: http://photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos

65cruiser
05-22-2006, 01:08 PM
I found this on a T-Bird site, but it talks about Golde sunroofs. Also, there's a letter that mentions Studebaker:

http://www.squarebirds.org/1962golde_top_brochure.htm

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r1lark
05-24-2006, 06:28 AM
quote:Originally posted by 65cruiser

I found this on a T-Bird site, but it talks about Golde sunroofs. Also, there's a letter that mentions Studebaker:
http://www.squarebirds.org/1962golde_top_brochure.htm
________________________
Mark Anderson
1965 Cruiser
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http://home.alltel.net/anderm/images/Logo1.jpg


Shameless plug:

For everyone interested in learning more about the Studebaker Skytops, the info that Mark noted and a lot more is available on the The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: http://hometown.aol.com/r1skytop/myhomepage/index.html

Paul

Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: http://hometown.aol.com/r1skytop/myhomepage/index.html