Buick Convertible Tops and Convertible Top Parts
The Buick Skylark convertible top is a classic two-part convertible top--and if you're a even a little handily you can most likely install it yourself. The original Skylark top came in Black and GM White and was made of Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl. The original Skylark soft top came with a plastic window, though today, we offer Skylark tops with plastic and glass windows. We offer the original Skylark top, as well as other Skylark convertible tops in original Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl as well as luxurious Haartz Stayfast Canvas. Our Best Buy Buick Skylark convertible top packages offer the most bang for the buck. Ready to buy a Buick Skylark top? Click on a link at the right.
Choosing a Buick Skylark Convertible Top Fabric:
We offer the Buick Skylark convertible top in original Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl as well as Haartz Stayfast Canvas. Here's what you need to know about each before making a purchase:
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl:
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl is the original Buick Skylark convertible top fabric. Haartz Pinpoint is a two-ply, 36-ounce composite with a PVC outer layer and a cotton inner lining. Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl is a popular convertible top fabric for many cars. Pinpoint refers to the little dots on the vinyl surface. If you take care of a Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Skylark convertible top, it can easily last 10 years.
Haartz Stayfast Canvas: If you're looking to upgrade your vinyl Skylark top, consider a convertible top made of Haartz Stayfast Canvas. This fabric is the American substitute for the German canvases used in Mercedes, Porsche, BMW, as well as some Mustang and Lebaron models. Haartz Stayfast Canvas is a three-ply composite material made of an acrylic square weave outer fabric, a butyl rubber core, and a cotton lining. The butyl rubber core promises to make Haartz Stayfast Canvas last a very long time. This canvas is a little richer looking than the vinyl. It's also a little harder to clean. Stayfast Canvas has both better static and dynamic wear ratings than vinyl tops.
More Skylark Convertible Top Parts
Along with Buick Skylark convertible tops, we carry tack strips, well liners, boots, hold down cables, headliners, do-it-yourself top installation manuals and other parts. Ready to start shopping? Click on the link at the right.
Buick Skylark Hydraulics:
We now stock hydraulic cylinders, motor-pumps, and hoses for your convertible tops. All are made to OEM specifications. Each can be ordered separately; however, when ordering hydraulic cylinders we recommend replacing both. The chances are that both hydraulic cylinders were manufactured at the same time: if one is on its way out the other may follow. If the top is raised and one hydraulic cylinder is working harder than the other the result over time can lead to a slightly bent convertible top frame. The replacement of both hydraulic cylinders will ensure that the top raises and lowers symmetrically. Systems for this car take Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) and have a 5 year warranty when used with this fluid. Brake fluid should not be used as it voids the warranty. We also offer an installation manual when ordered. The 12 volt motor-pumps include a mounting bracket with rubber grommets to reduce vibration. We also offer a rebuilding service for motor-pumps. Not all are repairable, but it is less expensive to have one rebuilt than to buy a new one. The motor-pump would need to be sent to us for evaluation. Hoses come with all new fittings and are made specifically to fit your car.
Can I Install the Buick Skylark top myself?
Yes! The Buick Skylark requires a classic two-part convertible top, meaning there's a main top section and a rear window section, called the "curtain." The two convertible-top sections are integrated during the installation process.
For your convenience, we sell the two parts to this top together and separately. Looking for a great deal? Check out our Best Buy Buick Skylark convertible top packages, which include a top, cables, tack strips, top pads, staples and glue kit, and our own two part top manual. We also offer the option of purchasing the Arrow ETFX 50 Electric Stapler at a discounted price with our packages.
If you can use an air-driven staple gun and are patient and methodical, you are very likely to be able to install the Buick Skylark convertible top. Installing your own Skylark soft top can save you hundreds of dollars in restoration labor costs!
To help you install your own Skylark convertible top, we offer a profusely illustrated convertible top manual, now in its fourth edition. This covers, in detail, all the steps for do-it-yourself convertible top installation. In particular, the manual applies to cars, like the Buick Skylark, with a two-part convertible top. You may purchase the manual to review it before purchasing a convertible top package. (We would then pro-rate future purchase of the convertible top when it is ordered.)
In most cases, our convertible top packages include everything you need to install your own Buick Skylark soft top. (Convertible top frame seals must be ordered separately if required.)
There is no sewing involved in installing a two-part convertible top, but you will have to be comfortable with a staple gun, manipulating convertible-top fabric, and applying contact cement. Our convertible-top packages include stainless-steel staples and the very best grade of contact cement. To start shopping, click a link at the right. To learn more about installing your own Buick Skylark convertible tops, click the link below.
Buick Skylark Convertible Tops and Convertible Top Parts available for years
1954, 1955, 1956, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972