Chevrolet Belair, 1955-57
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

Chevrolet Belair Convertible Top Key Features:
  • Quality: Made to original specs, 100% fit guarantee.
  • Original Configuration: Two piece top, top section and zippered rear window section; they are integrated upon installation. Molding with chrome tips for above rear window included. Matching fabric for header bow seal included. The Convertible Top and Window have alignment marks to make installation easier.
  • Original Colors: Pinpoint vinyl:  Black, Classic White, Beige   Stayfast Canvas:  Black/Black, Beige/Tan, Light Neutral/Tan, Black/Tan
  • Rear Window Sections: Rear window offered is plastic with 'horseshoe' zipper..
  • Our Installation Manual: Is described below under “Installation Supplies”
  • Shop with confidence:  6 year manufacturer warranty.
  • 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.

 

Convertible Tops and Packages

Convertible Tops and Packages

A.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top
Zippered Plastic Rear Window.

Manual Included on request

Rear window is 'full view' (no lower fabric band.
You will have the option of adding the band
via your shopping cart.
Color:

As low as:
$360.00
B.) Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top
Zippered Plastic Rear Window.

Manual Included on request

Rear window is 'full view' (no lower fabric band.
You will have the option of adding the band
via your shopping cart.
Color:

As low as:
$540.00
C.) FULL RESTORATION PACKAGE:
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top
with Zippered Plastic Rear Window.


Rear window is 'full view' (no lower fabric band.
You will have the option of adding the band
via your shopping cart.
  • Plus:
  • Installation Manual (see below at 'installation supplies')
  • Trimmer Contact Cement 4oz
  • Top Pads (CTTP W/QUARTERS)
Color:

As low as:
$380.00
D.) FULL RESTORATION PACKAGE:
Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top
with Zippered Plastic Rear Window



Rear window is 'full view' (no lower fabric band.).
You will have the option of adding the band
via your shopping cart.
  • Plus:
  • Installation Manual (see below at 'installation supplies')
  • Trimmer Contact Cement
  • Top Pads
Color:

As low as:
$585.00
E.) SPECIAL ORDERS:
(Design your package, select other colors, etc.)
Please send an email request to support@mtmfg.com
For: 1955-57 Chevrolet Belair Convertible Top
No Charge!
Chevrolet Belair convertible tops and parts in this category fit model years: 1955, 1956 and 1957


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.

   Details...

$30.95
Fiberboard Tack Strip, Measures: 1/4" Thick x 5/8" Wide x 62" Long

 

   Details...

$8.95
Fiberboard Tack Strip, Measures: 1/4" Thick x 13/16" Wide x 62" Long

 

   Details...

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

 

   Details...

$9.95
Fiberboard Tack Strip: 1/4" Thick x 7/16" Wide x 62" Long

 

   Details...

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

 

   Details...

$8.95
Front and Rear Top Frame Bow Tack Strips
   Details...

$19.95
Top Pad Set, includes Quarter Pads,

 

   Details...

$75.00
Top Pads with Quarters, Stayfast Canvas

 

   Details...

$169.95
A supply of front tacking strip which can be cut to size. this measures 5/8" WIDE X 3/16" THICK X 6 Foot
   Details...

$11.95
A supply of rear tacking strip which can be cut to size. this measures 1/4" THICK  X 1/2" WIDE X 6 Foot
   Details...

$11.95
Convertible Top Rear Well Liner.
   Details...

$89.95
Plastic pry tool, great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc
$9.95
Tack Strips: Front measures 5/8" X 3/16" cut to length by the foot
   Details...

$2.00
Tack Strips: Rear measures 1/2" X 1/4" cut to length by the foot
   Details...

$2.00
Top Pads.
   Details...

$42.00
Universal Domestic, Side Tension Hold Down Cables, Pair (with springs)

American made in the USA (beware of inferior made imports)
   Details...

$32.00
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

"O" Ring Motor Pump Service Kit For Any American Makes

Our O-Ring kit contains the following items:(1) Drive Pin, (1) 1/8" Chrome Ball, (2) 1/4" Chrome Ball, (2) Pump Port O-Ring, (2) Reservoir O-Ring, (1) Reservoir bolt O-Ring, (1) Reservoir plug, (1)Reservoir Plug O-Ring (metal plug only).

$24.95
1955-57 Belair Convertible Top Hydraulic Cylinder, Each
$139.95
1955-57 Belair Convertible Top Hydraulic Cylinders, PAIR.
$269.95
1955-57 Belair Convertible Top Hydraulic Hose Set
$109.95
1955-57 Belair Convertible Top Hydraulic Motor Pump(210-1309)
$251.95
Convertible Top Hose Clip, Fits: 1955-1972 GM Convertibles
$8.99
FLAT GROMMET FEET FOR EARLY MOTOR PUMP, 4 PIECES
$7.95
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


Boots

Boots

Convertible Top Boot, Attaches as Original - In Original Madrid Vinyl.
Includes 35 Snaps and Snap Installation Tool

Fits 1955-57 Pontiac Starchief & Bonneville; 1955-57 Chevrolet Belair

View Color
$219.00
Convertible Top Boot Bag
$33.95


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


Latches

Latches

1955-60 Chevrolet and Pontiac Convertible Top Latch Handles, Pair
$99.95


Top Frame Parts

Top Frame Parts

1955-57 Chevrolet and Pontiac. Convertible Top Rear Tacking Rails (Trimsticks)
$189.95


Sheet Metal

Sheet Metal

Front bumper mounting kit: left and right fender and quarter brackets.

Chevrolet Belair 1955

KE-0901-021/0901-022/0901-025/0901-026

$108.95
Smooth chrome front bumper.

Chevrolet Belair 1955

$478.95
Set of 8 pieces for attaching front bumper.
fOR 1957 Chevrolet Belair.
Pair of: center brackets, pair of diagonal brackets
pair of quarter brackets, and pair of fender brackets.

Parts: KE-093-021, KE-093-022, ke-0903-023, KE-0903-024,
KE-0903-025, KE-0903-026, KE-0903-027, KE-0903-028

$221.95
Front bumper: smooth chrome.

1957 Chevrolet Belair.

$646.00


Important Information

Original Factory Color(s): Black and GM White

Original Patterns: Our 1955-57 Chevy Belair tops are made from original dealer patterns. They are not "copies of copies." We offer the replacement tops in original stayfast canvas fabric and in Haartz pinpoint vinyl.

Fabrics: Detailed information about our topping fabrics can be read at the 'HELP' link at the top of this screen.

Installation: This is a classic two part top. You can read a thorough summary of the construction and installation of this top via the blue link below. The full installation manual is available under 'Accessories' on this page.

Installation involves stapling and glueing; there is no sewing. Reading the install summary below should inform the prospective do-it-yourselfer sufficiently to decide whether to do this work. A majority of our customers do their own installation of classic two part tops, such as this one.

Tacking strips: Much of the installation involves tacking or stapling (there is no sewing involved.) Tacking into the bow over the windshield (header bow) and into the bow over the rear window (rear top bow) is done into special strips embedded in these frame bows. We offer new tack strips for the front and rear top bows. They are available separately, or included with our restoration packages.

Top pads: Top padding (underneath the top) "builds out" the top. Pads can last through two tops but should be replaced if of suspect condition.

Top Boots: You have the option of using a top storage boot. Replacement boots are available, under "Accessories."

Installation manual: The manual for classic two part tops is summarized at the link below. The manual should enable the careful handy person to perform his or her own installation and should be used in conjunction with notes taken during the removal of the old top.

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.

Do-it-yourselfers:   Read a summary of convertible top installation.
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.


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