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    We saw a reference on another post to a "Caravan Top" for the truck bed. We have hooks on our truck and always speculated what they might have been used for. Does anyone have a picture of the caravan top that they could share with us? Thanks in advance!

    John and Tracy Smith
    Queen Creek Arizona
    http://1955studebaker.blogspot.com/

  • #2
    I have information on a caravan top for a champ pickup. It is a canvas type top with a metal frame. Looks like a fabric camper shell. I don't have pictures for an R series truck.

    P.S. Three guys at work just purchased homes in Queens Creek. Cessna Service Center is moving to Williams Gateway Airport in December.

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by John and Tracy Smith

      We saw a reference on another post to a "Caravan Top" for the truck bed. We have hooks on our truck and always speculated what they might have been used for. Does anyone have a picture of the caravan top that they could share with us? Thanks in advance!

      John and Tracy Smith
      Queen Creek Arizona
      http://1955studebaker.blogspot.com/
      here ya go this is the R series accessories site. Open the ste and scrool down.

      http://studetrucks.tripod.com/accy.htm

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      • #4
        Cargo hooks were installed on many trucks to allow tying down a tarp over the bed. The Caravan tops used an interior aluminum frame but didn't need the hooks. Covers and frames for narrow-bed C-cab trucks and M trucks were the same. See http://www.studegarage.com/Caravan.htm for more info.

        [img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/gary_ash_m5_sm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
        Dartmouth, Mass.
        '48 M5
        '65 Wagonaire Commander
        '63 Wagonaire Standard
        web site at http://www.studegarage.com
        Gary Ash
        Dartmouth, Mass.

        '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
        ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
        '48 M5
        '65 Wagonaire Commander
        '63 Wagonaire Standard
        web site at http://www.studegarage.com

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        • #5
          Is there any other way to get one, other than making it ourself? Doug, the guys from your work should enjoy it out here. The weather is great (about 95 degrees today).

          John and Tracy Smith
          Queen Creek Arizona
          http://1955studebaker.blogspot.com/

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          • #6
            When I was looking for a truck, I had pondered getting a top. I had come across this way back when on the show "Trucks" on Spike. This is another method of acquiring a top, through the aftermarket, but measurements may be needed to get the correct dimensions. Unfortunately for this site, it looks like it's changed since I looked at it last as they're having supply problems!!


            [img=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/P1000137-1.jpg[/img=left]
            [img=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00005.jpg?t=1171153370[/img=right]
            [IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
            1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
            1963 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop with no engine or transmission
            1950 Studebaker 2R5 w/170 six cylinder and 3spd OD
            1955 Studebaker Commander Hardtop w/289 and 3spd OD and Megasquirt port fuel injection(among other things)

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            • #7
              Doug, would you mind sharing? I have a Champ for which Caravan Top would be just the ticket!


              Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
              K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
              Ron Smith
              Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?
              Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
              K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
              Ron Smith
              Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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              • #8
                Studeclunker - February 1987 issue of Turning Wheels.

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                • #9
                  Another source for a canvas topper AKA caravan top (the name must have come from england or Ireland as in me and mum are takin out the caravan this weekend)


                  http://www.truckcandy.com/TC/Softopper/Softopper.htm

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