Dodge Wayfarer, 1949
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

Dodge Wayfarer Convertible Top Key Features:
  • Quality: Made to original specs, 100% fit guarantee.
  • Original Configuration: Two piece top, top section and plastic rear window section. Molding above rear window with its chrome tips supplied.
  • Alternative Rear Window: For those owners with their own glass window frameworks, we offer tops with double thickness zip down rear sections (to which your window may be applied.)
  • Original Factory Material: Haartz pinpoint vinyl in black and classic white.and Haartz Stayfast Canvas in black (over black or tan), tan over tan and light neutral over tan.
  • Tack Strips: The header bow and rear top bow channels receive the tacking strips. Channel dimensions should be measured and the tack strips (listed below) should be specified for your bow channels.
  • All seams are doubly electronically welded and sewn for added reinforcement. Convertible top fabrics are mildew & mold resistant, and UV treated for color fastness. Plastic windows are DOT rated heavy 40 gauge thick vinyl.
  • Shop with confidence: 6 year manufacturer warranty.
  • Hydraulic Components: Hydraulic cylinders, motor pumps and hose sets all available and in stock.
  • Preview our Convertible Top Installation Guide

Convertible Tops and Packages

Convertible Tops and Packages

A.) Dodge Wayfairer Convertible Top
with Plastic Rear Window (not zippered)
Choose Fabric & Color:
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl OR Haartz Stayfast Canvas

Two Part Top Manual included, if requested.
Fabric & Color:

As low as:
$335.00


Installation Supplies

Installation Supplies

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. The manual applies to almost all American convertibles made before the year 2004, and some foreign cars, too, like Celicas and Saabs. This is a bound 8 1/2 x 11 book; designed as both a tutorial for first-time installers and as a step-by-step manual for these convertible tops. Generally, all that is needed and not contained is the "bow height" which is the setting of the rear top frame bow for your convertible. This is available from any top distributor.

What skills are required ? (1) The ability to drive staples into bow frame tacking strips (2) The ability to orient fabric sections to the frame and apply with contact cement. (3) A systematic and careful personality ! (There is never any sewing required.)

Note: Very early cars (forties) had wood bows and installers will have to adjust processes for stapling to these bows instead of tacking strips in steel bows as described in manual.

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$30.95
Black Top Pad Set, includes Quarter Pads,
 

 

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$79.00
Fiberboard Tack Strip, Measures: 1/4" Thick x 13/16" Wide x 62" Long

 

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$10.95
Fiberboard Tack Strip, Measures: 1/4" Thick x 3/4" Wide x 62" Long

 

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$9.95
Fiberboard Tack Strip, Measures: 1/4" Thick x 5/8" Wide x 62" Long

 

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$8.95
Fiberboard Tack Strip: 1/4" Thick x 7/16" Wide x 62" Long

 

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$7.95
Fiberboard Tack Strip: 1/4" Thick x 9/16" Wide x 62" Long

 

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$8.95
Front and Rear Top Frame Bow Tack Strips
(Tacking strips for most top frames. Some may vary, especially pre-60s cars.)

Dimensions: 5/8" X 3/16"  and 1/2" X 1/4" (in 6 foot lengths.)
Note: In older convertible frames (fifties and earlier) the cross sections of the header and rear top bows vary.
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$19.95
Top Pads with Quarters, Stayfast Canvas

 

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$169.95
Plastic pry tool, great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc
$9.95
Top Padding Set.
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$38.00
Arrow T-50 Stainless Staples, 1/4", 300 Count

 

$4.95
Arrow T-50 Stainless-Steel Staples 3/8", 300 Count

 

$4.95
Arrow T-50 Stainless-Steel Staples, 3/8", 1000 Count

 

$13.95
Arrow T-50 Stainless-Steel Staples, 1/4", 1000 Count
$13.95
Trimmer Contact Cement: 4-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
$8.95
Trimmer Contact Cement: 8-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
$12.95
Plastic pry tool set, 7-piece kit

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

$26.95


Hydraulics

Hydraulics

Best Buy!
A PACKAGE SPECIAL:
Complete Convertible Top Hydraulics Kit, Use Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF)

ALL PARTS COME WITH 1-YEAR WARRANTY TO THE ORIGINAL BUYER

  • One Motor Pump
  • Two Hydraulic Cylinders
  • One Hose Set
  • Hydraulics System Manual
$649.95
1949 Dodge Wayfarer Convertible Top Hydraulic Cylinder, Each
$139.95
1949 Dodge Wayfarer Convertible Top Hydraulic Cylinders, Pair
$269.95
1949 Dodge Wayfarer Convertible Top Hydraulic Hose Set
$99.95
1949 Dodge Wayfarer Convertible Top Hydraulic Motor Pump
$299.95
Chrome universal 6 volt toggle switch with wiring. Replaces original switch and wiring to connect directly with 6 Volt Motor Pump with no additional relays required. All wires are tagged for easy installation. Includes crimp connectors to attach wiring to motor and nylon tie straps to hide wiring.
$85.95
Hydraulic System Guide: A well illustrated 10 page, 8 1/2 x 11 guide to the operation, diagnosis, and bleeding of the motor pump and to the motor/pump and cylinder removal and reassembly. Diagnosis includes electrical testing procedures.
$14.95
Set of 4 New Pointed Pump Grommets
$7.95
Top Cylinder Mounting Bolt, One.
With Pin and Bushings
1 5/8" Long, 3/8" Diameter.
$11.95
Top Cylinder Mounting Bolt, One
With Pin and Bushings.
1 1/8" Long, 3/8" in Diameter.
$11.95
Top Cylinder White Nylon Bushing, Each
$2.95
Motor pump reservoir plug, black rubber
$1.95


Cleaning & Protectant

Cleaning & Protectant

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
$79.95
A Combination Pack of RAGGTOPP Brand Canvas Cleaner & Protectant

About RAGGTOPP products
$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
$79.95
A Combination Pack of the RAGGTOPP Brand Vinyl Cleaner and Protectant Together

About RAGGTOPP products
$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
$30.95
Natural Horsehair Convertible Top Cleaning Brush

About Natural Horsehair Brush
$14.95


Important Information

Original Factory Color(s): Black, Tan and Light Neutral

The original Dodge Wayfarer convertible top fabric was canvas. We use Haartz Stayfast canvas, a superior anti-fade treated convertible top fabric. We also offer the Haartz pinpoint vinyl topping. This was original to the later year convertibles.

These tops are made using original top patterns. Please note that these are wayfarer model tops and do not fit the coronet models. Please see the separate listing if your dodge is the coronet model.

The Stayfast canvas has the greatest wear rating. The construction process bonds the preshrunk cotton inner layer to the treated canvas outer layer with a center layer of butyl rubber. This process creates an extremely durable fabric.

Pads: we offer pad sets which install under the convertible top.

Cables are threaded into the side hems (cable pockets) of the top and fasten the top to the folding frame. They provide variable tension via the spring on each side cable.

Tack strips are embedded in the folding top frame at the front and rear top bows. The installer staples the top to the front and rear top bow tacking strips.

Installation: this is a classic two part convertible top. The rear window and its attached trim fabric (together referred to as the "curtain") is stapled or tacked to the rear top bow (via its embedded tacking strip.) Over it is attached the main top which is all of the top from the front to the rear, surrounding the curtain. The two parts are integrated in the installation process. The manual on two part top installation has been used, together with careful notes and sketches made during the removal process, to guide many self installers. Since we cannot provide consulting service, we neither recommend nor discourage self installation. This decision can be made using the install guide. There is stapling required, usually performed with a compressor driven staple gun. There is also contact cementing of fabric to framework. There is no sewing required.

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 1 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.

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.