Chevrolet Corvette, 1953-55
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

Chevrolet Corvette Key Features:
  • Quality: Made to Chevrolet specs, 100% fit guarantee.
  • Original Configuration: One-piece top, plastic window sewn in. Dealer warning tags are sewn under binding and below rear window. Tops have replacement pads and straps. Molding for over rear window with its chrome tips supplied.
  • Original Factory Material: Haartz Stayfast Canvas in black, tan (with black or tan underside) and light neurtal
  • Original Window: Plastic Window.  Rear Window Date Stamp Available. 
  • Alternate Materials: Chrysler sailcloth vinyl, Haartz stayfast canvas
  • 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.
  • Package Specials: Cost savings for all of your installation needs with package specials, this can include the detailed manual, new cables, pads/webbing, tack strips and glue kit.
  • Shop with confidence: 6 year manufacturer warranty.

Convertible Tops and Packages

Convertible Tops and Packages

A.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top Pack
Top with Plastic Rear Window as Original
plus pads and straps.
Color:

As low as:
$395.00
B.) Sailcloth Vinyl Convertible Top Pack
Top with Plastic Rear Window as Original
plus pads and straps.


Sailcloth vinyl is a modern topping on late
Mustangs and Sebrings. It has a canvas like
texture and many unique colors.
For: 1953-55 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Top
Color
View Color
$459.00
C.) Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top Pack
Top with Plastic Rear Window as Original
plus pads and straps.
Color:

As low as:
$479.00
Chevrolet Corvette convertible tops and parts in this category fit model years: 1953, 1954 and 1955


Corvette Date Stamp

Corvette Date Stamp

Date Stamp for Rear Window, for 1953-1975 Corvette

Please state Vin number in check-out message.

Month
Year
$99.95


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
4oz Can of Contact Trimmer Cement, With Brush
$6.95
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.)
   Details...

$19.95
Haartz Stayfast Canvas Corvette Top Pads/Strap Kit To Match Convertible Top
   Details...

$189.95
Plastic pry tool, great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc
$9.95
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, Measures: 1/4" Thick x 5/8" Wide x 62" Long

 

   Details...

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

 

   Details...

$7.95
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
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

"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
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


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

Top Front Bow end Seals for Convertibles. Made with smooth, skin-covered sponge. Pair R&L
$27.95


Custom Fit Car Covers

Custom Fit Car Covers

1954-55 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 200 Series
$129.95
1954-55 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 380 Series
$159.95




Important Information

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

Fabrics: The original dealer soft tops on Corvettes of this period was a cloth called "Harmony Cloth." These were sold only in tan. Haartz pinpoint vinyl was the original fabric beginning in 1956. Later Corvettes featured canvas tops and Chrysler Sailcloth vinyl tops.

Haartz Stayfast Canvas has a canvas outer layer and a preshrunk cotton inner layer. The two are bonded with and separated by a butyl rubber core. It is this core that makes the fabric last a very long time, with both better static and dynamic wear ratings than vinyl toppings. Haartz Stayfast is the American substitute for the German canvases used in Mercedes, Porsche, BMW, some models of Mustang and Lebaron and others. Canvas is widely regarded as "richer looking" than vinyl. It is a little harder to clean. The inside of the top is pre-shrunk cotton. The inner lining is usually black.

Chrysler Sailcloth Vinyl is a two ply composite made of a PVC sailcloth grain outer layer and a polyester/cotton lining fabric. It is the fabric developed for Sebrings and late model Mustangs several years ago. It is a vinyl whose surface grain emulates canvas. It is a less expensive, though beautiful, fabric than our canvas toppings. We therefore offer many of our originally canvas tops in this vinyl fabric.

Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl’s 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.

Original Windows:The original rear windows were plastic. The plastic windows we employ are always of the heaviest gauge plastic available.

Hold down cables:Cables are threaded through the top's inner side hems (the cable pockets) in later cars. At this writing, we are not certain that they were used in the 53-55 tops. If you require cables, please let us know as our factory makes them for the industry and we will either reproduce them as original or provide functional equivalents. Where used cables hold the top to the frame at the front corners and near the upper rear cornet. Cables are recommended with each top.

Tack Strips: Staples (or tacks) are used to attach the top at the header bow and rear top bow. These are driven into embedded tacking strips which are attached to the bows. Tack strips should last through two tops.

Top pads:The top is "padded out" along its sides with special webbing. Pads should last through at least two tops.

Package Specials: Our top packages include items needed for a complete top restoration. The top packages include an installation manual for this car's top. We can also quote on packages for you in any fabric and configuration.

Do-It-Yourself Installation:A sizable percentage of our customers do their own installation. Our manual, with notes made during the removal of the old top should allow owner installation; we cannot provide consulting services to installers. The top is attached with staples (or tacks) and with contact cement. There is no sewing involved.

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 Corvette) fit cars for years: 1953, 1954 and 1955.