Buick Electra & Electra 225, 1961-64
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

Buick Electra 225 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 included.
  • Original Factory Material: Haartz Stayfast Canvas
  • Rear Window Sections: Rear window was originally zippered plastic.
  • 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.
     

    Restorer's Notes:
    Our installation manual is a 20 page, fully illustrated guide. It is available
    in our restoration packages.
    Installation of two part tops requires confidence with using an air driven
    staple gun or our heavy duty electric stapling gun. There will also be
    contact cement work
  • Hydraulic Components: Hydraulic cylinders, motor pumps and hose sets all available and in stock.
  • IMPORTANT: If you buy a top with glass window, you must UN-ZIPPER the rear glass window and lay it in the well before lowering the top.

Convertible Tops and Packages

Convertible Tops and Packages

A.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top
with zippered Plastic rear window.

Installation manual included if requested.

The window is 'full view' (no bottom trim). You will have the option of adding
the lower trim fabric piece via your shopping cart.
Color:

As low as:
$310.00
B.) Package Special:
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top
with Zippered Plastic Window


The window is 'full view' (no bottom trim). You will have the option of adding
the lower trim fabric piece via your shopping cart.


Package Includes:
  • Hold Down Cables(CAG96)
  • Tack Strips for header and rear top bows.
  • Top Pads(CTTP)
  • Trimmer Contact Cement can with brush.
  • Installation Manual (see below)
Color:

As low as:
$365.00
C.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Top
with Zippered Glass Window
Color:

As low as:
$395.00
D.) Package Special:
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top
with Zippered Glass Window


Package Includes:
  • Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top and Glass Window (TO153/HT153)
  • Hold Down Cables
  • Tack Strips for header and rear top bows
  • Top Pads
  • Trimmer Contact Cement
  • Installation Manual (see under 'installation supplies' below)
Color:

As low as:
$445.00
E.) Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top
with zippered Plastic rear window.

 Installation Manual included if requested.

Rear window is "full view" (no bottom trim fabric.) You will have the
option of adding this via our shopping cart.
Color:

As low as:
$570.00
F.) Package Special:
Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top
with Zippered Plastic Rear Window
  • Plus:
  • Pair of Hold Down Cables
  • Top Pads
  • Tack Strips for header and rear top bows
  • Trimmer Contact Cement
  • Installation Manual (see under 'installation supplies' below)
Color:

As low as:
$629.00
G.) Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top
with Zippered Glass Window
Color:

As low as:
$675.00
H.) Package Special:
Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top
Glass Rear Window
  • Plus:
  • Pair of Hold Down Cables
  • Top Pads
  • Tack Strips for header and rear top bows
  • Trimmer Contact Cement
  • Installation Manual (see under 'installation supplies' below)
Color:

As low as:
$709.00
I.)  Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top Section

This is a main top section only.

 

For: 1961-64 Buick Electra & Electra 225 Convertible Top
Color
View Color
$219.95
J.)  Rear Plastic Window Section

Add this part to your cart and you will be asked if you would like to add a feature strip (a.k.a. Valance or Exposed trim) to your plastic rear window. Here is what it looks like: See feature strip

For: 1961-64 Buick Electra & Electra 225 Convertible Top
Color
View Color
$139.00
Buick Electra & Electra 225 convertible tops and parts in this category fit model years: 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964


Installation Supplies

Installation Supplies

Fully illustrated, step by step convertible top install manual.
20 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
INCLUDED IN TOP PACKAGES
No Charge!
Pair of Top Hold Down Cables, with Original Plate Design.

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

$32.00
Convertible Top Pads, Pair

 

   Details...

$39.95
Front and Rear Top Frame Bow Tack Strips
   Details...

$19.95
Convertible Top Rear Well Liner, Original Black GM Material
   Details...

$79.95
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
Fully illustrated, step by step convertible top install manual.
20 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
INCLUDED IN TOP PACKAGES
No Charge!
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.
$8.95
Trimmer Contact Cement: 8-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
$12.95
3M Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive, 5oz Tube
Build out or caulk under your rubber seals.
Repairs cracks in seals.
Insure against leakage.
   Details...

$13.95
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
"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
1961-62 Buick Electra Convertible Top Hydraulic Motor Pump
$269.95
1961-64 Buick Electra Convertible PAIR of Top Hydraulic Lift Cylinders.
$269.95
1961-64 Buick Electra Convertible Top Hydraulic Hose Set
$99.95
1961-64 Buick Electra Convertible Top Hydraulic Lift Cylinder, Each.
$139.95
1962-64 Oldsmobile F-85, 98, 88 Convertible Top Hydraulic Motor Pump Fits * 1962-65 Oldsmobile F-85, 98 * 63-64 Bucik Lasabre, Invicta, Wildcat, Electra * 63-64 Chevy Impala
$269.95
Convertible Top Hose Clip, Fits: 1955-1972 GM Convertibles
$8.99
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 26 Installed Snaps

This boot fits the following cars:

  • 1961-64 Buick Electra
  • 1961-64 Cadillac Eldorado & Series 62
  • 1961-64 Buick LeSabre
  • 1961-64 Buick Invicta & Wildcat
  • 1961-64 Pontiac Bonneville, Catalina, Grand Prix & Parisienne
  • 1961-64 Pontiac Catalina
  • 1961-64 Pontiac Grand Prix
  • 1961-64 Pontiac Parisienne
  • 1961-64 Oldsmobile 88, 98 & Starfire
  • 1961-64 Chevy Impala
View Color
$259.95
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


Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping Seal: Roof-Rail Seal Kit, 7 Piece, All Right and Left Side Top Rail Seals, and Includes Header Seal (LP45).

Fits: 61-64 Electra, Eldorado

$259.95
Weatherstripping Seal: Roof-Rail Seal Kit, 7 Piece, All Right and Left Side Top Rail Seals, and Windshield Top Header Seal.

Fits: All 61-64 Wildcat, Impala, , LeSabre, Starfire, Bonneville, Catalina and 61-62 Electra Convertibles

$249.95
Weatherstripping Seals Kit: Convertible Top Roof Rail, Door and Trunk Weatherstripping Seals (Includes LM 21, RR 1810, TK46-18). Fits 61-62 Electra. 61-62 Coupe DeVille, Oldsmobile "88", "98"
$329.95
Weatherstripping Seals Kit: Convertible Top Roof Rail, Door and Trunk Weatherstripping Seals. Fits 63-64 Electra, 63-64 DeVille, Oldsmobile "88", "98"
$309.95


Top Frame Parts

Top Frame Parts

1961-64 Full Size GM Cars (B & C Body). Convertible Top Rear Tacking Rail (Trimstick)
$169.95
1962-63 GM A Body Cars. Convertible Top Rear Tacking Rails (Trimsticks)
$169.95


Seals

Seals

1958-1970 GM Body Trunk Seal, 18 Feet Long
$23.95




Important Information

Original Factory Color(s): Black and GM White

Original Patterns: Our convertible tops are made from original dealer patterns. We offer the replacement tops in original stayfast canvas (some cars) or original pinpoint vinyl fabric (most original tops.)

Installation: This is a classic two part top. You can read a thorough summary of the construction and installation of this top via the link at the bottom of this page. The full manual, together with notes taken during the removal of the old top will guide the handy installer through a complete restoration.

Confidence using an air driven staple gun and the use of contact cement to align fabric and frame sections is required. There is no sewing.

Both Parts Available Separately: If you wish to replace only the window section, or only the main top, the two parts are separately available. Order both the main top and the rear window section for a full replacement top. Or order one of our full restoration packages.

Hold Down Cables: A pair of cables, one on each side, thread through pocketed hems on the main top sides. The ends of the cables hold the top to the frame. New cables are recommended with each new top. (You can read about cables in the installation summary link.) Cables offered here feature the original factory configuration plates.

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 should not be required until after at least two tops have been stapled to them. Rebuilding the rear base line tacking strips requires grafting sections of suitable dimension and we would cut and ship per your needs for that purpose.

Top pads: Top padding "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. Our boot fits, as original.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.
  • Sonnenland® 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®, 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 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 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 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 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 Vinyl is the most popular British roadster convertible top material. It is American made Haartz leather grain vinyl and is an imitation of the British Everflex vinyl top fabric. The British Bison Vinyl convertible top fabric is often referred to as 'crush grain.'
  • British Everflex Vinyl 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) 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 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 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 (Buick Electra & Electra 225) fit cars for years: 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964.