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Ford Thunderbird, 1955-57
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

Ford Thunderbird Key Features:
  • Quality: Made to Ford specs, 100% fit guarantee.
  • Original Configuration: Two piece top, top section and window section
  • Original Factory Material: Haartz pinpoint vinyl
  • Original Window: Plastic window.
  • Original Colors: Black and White
  • Alternate Materials: Haartz stayfast canvas
  • Package Specials: Cost savings for all of your installation needs with package specials, this can include the detailed manual, new cables, pads/webbing, tack strips and glue kit.
  • Shop with confidence: 5 year manufacturer warranty.
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1955-57 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Tops
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Description Color Price Buy!
A.) A PACKAGE SPECIAL:
Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top and Plastic Rear Window as Is Original.
  • Plus:
  • Three Tack Strips
  • 2-inch webbing for pads attached to top
  • Trimmer Contact Cement
  • Instruction Booklet
For: 1955-57 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
Why Buy a Package Special?
Color

View Color
Zipper
$519.95
B.) Haartz Stayfast Canvas Main Convertible Top Section Only, Includes 2-inch Webbing for Pads attached to top
For: 1955-57 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
Color


View Color
$369.95
C.) B1.) Haartz Stayfast Canvas Rear Plastic Window Section Only 
For: 1955-57 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
Color

View Color
Zipper
$119.95
D.) A PACKAGE SPECIAL:
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top and Rear Plastic Window 
  • Plus:
  • Three Tack Strips
  • 2-inch webbing for pads attached to top 
  • Trimmer Contact Cement
  • Instruction Booklet
For: 1955-57 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
Why Buy a Package Special?
Color

View Color
Zipper
$339.95
E.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top Section Only, Includes 2-inch Webbing for Pads attached to top
For: 1955-57 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
Color


View Color
$189.95
F.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Rear Plastic Window Section Only 
For: 1955-57 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
Color

View Color
Zipper
$129.95
Custom Made Convertible Tops Are Now Available! To see your options and get a price quote, click here.
 
For: 1955-57 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
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Ford Thunderbird convertible tops and parts in this category fit model years: 1955, 1956 and 1957


Hydraulics
Description Price Buy!
Convertible Top Motor Pump Rebuild/Repair Service.

1 year warranty. Please be aware we cannot send a call tags for international shipments.

   The repair service is usually completed 5 to 7 weeks after we receive your motor pump Details...

$149.95


Installation Supplies
Description Price Buy!
ON SALE NOW!
1955-66 Ford Thunderbird Tack Strip, 6' Front and 14' Rear
   Details...

$29.95
 
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. Any handy person can remove and install their own convertible top and save hundreds of dollars on labor costs. This manual applies to almost all American convertibles made before the year 2000, and some foreign cars, too, like Celicas and Saabs. Our manuals, available exclusively at Convertible Top Guys, have been helping do-it-yourselfers for years. This spiral bound 8 1/2 x 11 book is designed as both a tutorial for first-time installers and as a step-by-step manual, too. They're the best guides on the market. Buy it on its own here or get it for 1/2 price by purchasing one of our convertible top packages.

$29.95
The Arrow T50ACD electric staple gun drives wire staples with force. It will securely drive 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" 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...

$54.95
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.
In Stock! Ships within two business days!
$6.95
Trimmer Contact Cement: 8-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
In Stock! Ships within two business days!
$9.95
Plastic pry tool set, 7-piece kit

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

$25.95


Cleaning & Protectant
Description Price Buy!
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
    In Stock! Ships within two business days!
$79.95
A Combination Pack of RAGGTOPP Brand Canvas Cleaner & Protectant

About RAGGTOPP products
In Stock! Ships within two business days!
$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
    In Stock! Ships within two business days!
$79.95
A Combination Pack of the RAGGTOPP Brand Vinyl Cleaner and Protectant Together

About RAGGTOPP products
In Stock! Ships within two business days!
$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
$29.95
Natural Horsehair Convertible Top Cleaning Brush

About Natural Horsehair Brush
In Stock! Ships within two business days!
$14.95


Parts Catalog
Description Price Buy!
Parts Printout: A full color website print out of the parts and important information listed on this page for your convertible.
No Charge!


Top Switch, Relays, Etc.
Description Price Buy!
Top Switch
Activates Raising/Lowering.
Heavy Duty: Rated for 50 amps.
Mount in any under dash hole.
Use your original wiring, per included diagram.
$34.95



Custom Fit Car Covers
Description Price Buy!
1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 200 Series
$159.95
1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 380 Series
$199.95
1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, Evolution Series
$239.95
1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 200 Series
$159.95
1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 380 Series
$199.95
1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, Evolution Series
$239.95


Custom Carpet
Description Color Price Buy!
1955-56 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Trunk Mat, Fleece or Burtex


View Color
$109.95
1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Trunk Mat, Fleece or Burtex


View Color
$109.95


Important Information
Original Factory Color(s): Black and White

Plastic Window: The 1955 Thunderbird plastic window is made with a horse-shoe zipper and exposed trim at the base of the window. The 1956-57 Thunderbird has a straight zipper and exposed trim. Give us a call if your configuration is different.

Orginal Configuration: The original topping in these cars was Haartz stayfast canvas. We also offer the Haartz pinpoint vinyl.

Original Window:The top is available with a plastic rear window, all have exposed trim at the base of the window. The 1955 Ford Thunderbird had a horse-shoe zipper. The 1956-57 Thunderbird had a "regular" zipper, please specify if you want this in the checkout message box.

This is a classic "two part top." the main top and the rear window section are joined at the rear top cross bow. Our tops include molding to hide the attachment staples.

The plastic rear window is zippered. The zipper is a horseshoe zipper that allows complete opening of the window. This is the new industry standard and allows easier opening of the back window than the old fashioned straight zipper.

Padding sets and top bow tacking strips should last through two tops. These are offered as accessories. In this top there are three tacking strips: at the front bow. The rear top bow and at the rear baseline. Top pads include the long pads and the quarter pads.

Can i install this top myself?
this top is one of the “classic american two part tops.”
excellent instructions on installing these two part tops are contained
in the well written and illustrated chapter on top installation in the book:
“automotive upholstery handbook” by taylor.
you may purchase this book by going to our home page and selecting
“book on auto upholstery” from the product list.
we do offer these instructions tailored specifically for the thunderbird
in a separate brochure if you purchase a new top.
no sewing, or minimal sewing, is required in the installation.
stapling and glueing (contact) cement work is required
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.
We will be happy to quote you on a "true double texture vinyl" top. This is a pinpoint with a butyl rubber core, like our stayfast. Generally these tops are about 30 percent higher in price than the regular pinpoint version.
  • Sonnenland® (View) is a German-made 3-ply topping made up of an acrylic twill-weave facing, a rubber inner-layer, and a polyester "dobby backing." The dobby backing is a knit-like weave original to many high-end foreign cars. Customers who value originality over cost often pay top dollar for Sonnenland, just to have that authentic "dobby backing," seen only when you look up at the roof of your convertible top from inside your car. Sonnenland canvas is a top-of-the-line material original to various Audi, BMW, and Jaguar convertibles, among others. Sonnenland Canvas can vary in terms of surface weave and/or weight for acoustic performance, but all Sonnenland Canvas promises elegance and long-lasting durability.
  • Twillfast® (View), also called Sonnendeck Canvas, is an American-made canvas - a cost-effective substitute for Sonnenland. Twillfast is usually a 3-ply topping (though some versions are 5-ply) with Polyester and/or Polyester/cotton backings. This material, original to certain Camaro, BMW, Mustang, and VW Beetle convertibles, among others, varies in terms of surface weave and/or weight for acoustic performance. Twillfast Canvas is identical to Sonnenland Canvas - elegant and durable - only it's less expensive. This is a top-notch convertible top material, one we often recommend to savvy customers who like a good buy and a quality product.
  • Stayfast Canvas (View) is an elegant, durable canvas original to cars like the Mazda Miata and the Nissan 370Z. Stayfast is commonly used in replacement convertible tops. Stayfast canvas has an acrylic square weave facing, a rubber inner-layer, and a cotton backing. As with other canvases, the rubber core gives the fabric long-lasting durability. Stayfast canvas is a sleek, beautiful canvas, usually less expensive than Twillfast, but it does not have the dobby backing offered in Sonnenland and Twillfast (Sonnendeck). Stayfast is a popular upgrade to vinyl convertible tops, and as with any canvas, is richer looking and has a higher wear rating than convertible tops made of vinyl.
  • Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl (View) is the most popular fabric. This vinyl design is original to most American cars from the fifties to the nineties. Pinpoint refers to the little dots or pips that you see if you look closely at the vinyl surface. European cars, such as the old Beetles and others also used pinpoint vinyl as the topping fabric.
  • Chrysler Sailcloth (View) is featured on many late LeBarons, Sebrings, certain Mustangs and other cars. It is structurally (wear quality) equivalent to the Haartz Pinpoint but has a different surface grain. The grain was designed to imitate the look of canvas. As you can see from the scan of this fabric, it is an exceptionally rich looking material. It is sometimes chosen for replacing convertible tops that originally featured pinpoint vinyl.
  • Cabrio Grain (View) is also structurally equivalent to the pinpoint. It has a pigskin outer grain vinyl as original to Volkswagen Cabriolets from 1984 onward and to Mazda Miatas and Mercury Capris.
  • A5S German Canvas (Robbins) The 100% Acrylic Twill Weave Surface Cloth receives a special flame singing treatment to remove the fabric knap; and is laminated to Black 100% Polyester Dobby backing.

    This is the original topping for Porsche Boxster and Cabrio convertible tops. 59 inches (150 cm) wide, made in Germany.
  • British Bison (also called Colonial Grain) (View) is the American made crush grain vinyl that imitates the much more expensive British Everflex vinyl original to many British convertibles. Color selection is limited. These are often referred to as 'crush grain' or 'leather grain' vinyls. They are structurally equivalent (wear rating) to the pinpoint, cabrio, and sailcloth vinyls.
  • British Everflex Vinyl (View) We are now pleased to offer British Everflex Vinyl for classic English tops. This is the original material used on British convertibles including Jaguar, Rolls Royce and many others. Imported from England, British Everflex vinyl is a supple vinyl with a rich appearance and is more durable than other vinyls. A good, less expensive alternative is Colonial grain vinyl. Colonial has the same texture but is less durable.
  • HV Denim (also called Twill Weave Vinyl) (View) is heavy duty sport material composed of a distinctive twill grain PVC outer layer and a polyester/cotton blend inside lining fabric.
  • Trilogy Acoustic Vinyl (View) A heavyweight vinyl that is often used on SUVs like Jeep, because the two-ply composite has the capacity to reduce noise by about 20 percent compared to standard vinyls like Sailcloth. The vinyl material is durable, promises long-lasting wear-and-tear, and resembles the sleek twill cloth commonly found on luxury convertible cars.
  • Haartz Twillfast RPC (View) This American-made canvas has a twill weave pattern and resembles German-made Sonnenland canvas. It is a great all-purpose canvas and, according to Haartz, is used on 99 percent of convertibles. It is stronger and more durable than Stayfast Canvas and offers more sound protection. Haartz rates Twillfast RPC as a mid-level acoustic product, compared to the low-level sound reduction offered on other top materials like Stayfast


Parts in this category (Ford Thunderbird) fit cars for years: 1955, 1956 and 1957.

We a now pleased to offer hydraulic cylinders, hydraulic motor pumps, and hydraulic hose sets for many different convertibles, they will be listed on your cars page if available. Also, checkout our newly added roof rail weatherstripping seals, front header weatherstripping seals, door weatherstripping seals, trunk weatherstripping seals. Look for extra savings on weatherstripping seals kits.

We are continuing to grow our convertible related products: These include convertible top latches, tonneau covers, relays, switches, rear tacking rails (trimsticks), seat covers, car covers, and carpeting.


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