Dodge 400 and Aries, 1982-83
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

Dodge 400 and Aries Convertible Top Key Features:
  • Quality: Made to Dodge specs, 100% fit guarantee.
  • Original Configuration: Two piece top, top section and window section joined upon installation. Molding above rear window and its chrome tips supplied. Extra matching fabric for front seal supplied. Original rear window was plastic.
  • Original Factory Materials: Haartz pinpoint viny in black, classic white and buckskin. Haartz Stayfast Canvas in black.
  • 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.
  • Hydraulic Components: Hydraulic cylinders, motor pumps and hose sets all available and in stock.
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Convertible Tops and Packages

Convertible Tops and Packages

A.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top with Plastic Rear Window.
Installation Manual included if requested.
For: 1982-83 Dodge 400 and Aries Convertible Top
Color
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$301.00
B.) Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top with Plastic Rear Window.
Installation Manual included if requested.
Color:

As low as:
$389.00
C.) RESTORATION PACKAGE:
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top W/plastic Rear Window.
  • Plus:
  • Pair of Hold Down Cables
  • Tack Strips for Header and Rear Top Bows
  • Top Pads
  • Trimmer Contact Cement
  • Installation Manual (see below)
Color:

As low as:
$359.95
D.) RESTORATION PACKAGE:
Haartz Stayfast Canvas with plastic Rear Window.
  • Plus:
  • Pair of Hold Down Cables
  • Tack Strips
  • Top Pads
  • Trimmer Contact Cement
  • Installation Manual (see below)
Color:

As low as:
$629.95
E.) RESTORATION PACKAGE:
Chrysler Sailcloth Vinyl Convertible Top W/plastic Rear Window.
(Chrysler Sailcloth vinyl was original to later years and offers special colors. Please allow at least two weeks for this custom top to be made and shipped.)
  • Plus:
  • Pair of Hold Down Cables
  • Tack Strips for Header and Rear Top Bows
  • Top Pads
  • Trimmer Contact Cement
  • Installation Manual (see below)
For: 1982-83 Dodge 400 and Aries Convertible Top
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$412.00
F.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Main Convertible Top Only
For: 1982-83 Dodge 400 and Aries Convertible Top
Color
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$219.95
G.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Plastic Window Section Only
For: 1982-83 Dodge 400 and Aries Convertible Top
Color
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$129.95
Dodge 400 and Aries convertible tops and parts in this category fit model years: 1982 and 1983


Installation Supplies

Installation Supplies

Lebaron and Dodge 400, 600 Convertible Top Installation Manual:
12 pages 8 1/2 x 11 fully illustrated, step by step.
AVAILABLE IN TOP PACKAGES
No Charge!
Front and Rear Top Frame Bow Tack Strips
   Details...

$19.95
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. 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
Top Pad Set, includes Quarter Pads,

 

   Details...

$75.00
Top Pads with Quarters, Stayfast Canvas

 

   Details...

$169.95
Convertible Top Pads
   Details...

$39.95
Convertible Top Rear Well Liner.
   Details...

$89.95
Pair of Side Hold Down Cables.

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

$18.95
Plastic pry tool, great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc
$9.95
The Arrow T50ACD electric staple gun drives wire staples with force. It will securely drive 1/4" and 3/8" 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...

$56.95
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
1982-83 Dodge 400 Convertible Top Hydraulic Cylinder, Each
$139.95
1982-83 Dodge 400 Convertible Top Hydraulic Cylinders, Pair
$269.95
1982-83 Dodge 400 Convertible Top Hydraulic Hose Set
$99.95
1982-83 Dodge 400 Convertible Top Hydraulic Motor Pump
$229.95
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 Sierra Vinyl.
Includes 33 Installed Snaps.
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$279.95
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


Important Information

Original Factory Color(s): Black, White, Buckskin and Dark Brown

Fabrics:
The original Dodge 400 tops were in pinpoint vinyl. We also offer these tops in Haartz Stayfast canvas. You can read more details about topping fabrics at the "HELP" link at the top of this page.

We also offer the top made in Chrysler Sailcloth vinyl. This is structurally identical to the pinpoint vinyl, but the surface vinyl was designed to emulate canvas. This is the original fabric on modern Sebring and many Mustang tops.

Windows:
The rear window is a zippered plastic one, as original.

Pads:
Wrapped foam pad sections are applied under the top to 'build out' the top. We can supply the pad sets.

Tack Strips:
Tack strips are embedded in the front (header) frame bow and in the rear top bow (the one over the rear window.) They receive staples that hold the top to the frame along these bows.

Hold Down Cables:
A pair of cables hold the sides of the top to the frame. Cables are embedded in the top's cable hems during installation and are hidden after installation. New cables are recommended with each top.

Installation:
This is a classic two part top. The 'main top' and the 'curtain' are integrated during the installation process. The procedure can be seen via the blue link below to our booklet on installing classic two part tops.

If you are comfortable renting and using an air driven staple gun then you are a likely candidate for do-it-yourself installation. This involves stapling and gluing. There is no sewing.

Boots:
A convertible top stowage boot is optional. We strongly recommend boots made of modern boot vinyl. These have a slight "give" and a broad array of color choices. Boots made in this fabric are much easier to use than boots made of topping fabric. Usually a boot is chosen in a color to coordinate with the paint and/or interior.

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 (Dodge 400 and Aries) fit cars for years: 1982 and 1983.