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    Dad is trying to decide between carpet and the rubber mat on the floor of his Starlight. I see where SI sells a rubber mat for the front but nothing for the back. What did these cars have on the rear floor when they had a mat up front?
    Wayne
    "Trying to shed my CASO ways"

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    Rubber mats have killed more cars than any other reason in my opinion.....moisture getting under them & rotting the floors out. I know this doesn't answer your question, but I'd never put a rubber mat back into a car that I spent time fixing up.
    Mike Sal

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    • #3
      My 52 Champion had a rubber mat in front and a very short fiber carpet in the rear.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mike Sal View Post
        Rubber mats have killed more cars than any other reason in my opinion.....moisture getting under them & rotting the floors out. I know this doesn't answer your question, but I'd never put a rubber mat back into a car that I spent time fixing up.
        Mike Sal
        I agree with that, 100%. No more rubber mats for me.
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        • #5
          I saw an indoor outdoor carpet at Home Depot that seemed a PERFECT match for the rear carpet in my 50 Champion, less than $20.

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          • #6
            I saw an indoor outdoor carpet at Home Depot that seemed a PERFECT match for the rear carpet in my 50 Champion, less than $20. I work there so if you need the SKU, let me know.

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            • #7
              As I understand it, a fitted rubber mat in front and carpet in back was standard on Champions, but front carpet was an option.
              John
              1950 Champion
              W-3 4 Dr. Sedan
              Holdrege NE

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              • #8
                I certainly hope Dad decides to go with carpet all around, but since it is his car, I will build it the way he wants it. Seems strange that Studebaker would do carpet in the back and a rubber mat up front, but a lot of things they did back then seem strange to me.

                tim333, please send that SKU number. I would be interested to see what the rear carpet looked like when paired with a black rubber mat up front.
                Wayne
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                • #9
                  I'll send it when I go to work this evening.

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                  • #10
                    My 1947 Champion has a rubber mat in front and carpet in the rear.

                    My father bought a 1952 Dodge Mayfair 2-door hardtop early in 1953. It had been the dealer's private car, and "had everything". When the car was about 8 years old, the left rocker panel and a chunk of the floor FELL OFF from rust due to moisture under the carpet. Since then, I have always been a fan of rubber floor mats.

                    On my Champion, I painted the floor with Trem-Clad last year --- it's out of sight under the mat. Also, I have a home-made gasket under the master cylinder access cover, and the cover bolted down, so moisture does not enter there on rainy days.
                    Bill Jarvis

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by wdills View Post
                      tim333, please send that SKU number. I would be interested to see what the rear carpet looked like when paired with a black rubber mat up front.
                      I guess I should add that my rubber mat was a gray/brown that coordinated with the dash and metal trim. A black rubber would have looked rather severe with the other colors.
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                      1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
                      1952 2R pickup

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                      • #12
                        SKU's: Tan 702 930, Gray 779 514
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                        • #13
                          Thanks Tim. The lighter color would blend pretty good with the rest of the interior colors.
                          Wayne
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