Ford Thunderbird, 1955-57
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

Ford Thunderbird Key Features:
  • Quality: Made to Ford specs, 100% fit guarantee.
  • Original Configuration: Two piece top, top section and window section
  • Original Factory Material: Haartz pinpoint vinyl
  • Original Window: Plastic window.
  • Original Colors: Black and White
  • Alternate Materials: Haartz stayfast canvas
  • Package Specials: Cost savings for all of your installation needs with package specials, this can include the detailed manual, new cables, pads/webbing and glue kit.
  • Tack strips are available in different sizes and lengths. Please order separately.
  • Shop with confidence: 5 year manufacturer warranty.
Can I install this top myself?

Preview our Convertible Top Installation Guide

 

 

Convertible Tops and Packages

Convertible Tops and Packages

A.) A PACKAGE SPECIAL:
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top and Rear Plastic Window 
  • Plus:
  • 2-inch webbing for pads attached to top 
  • Trimmer Contact Cement
  • Instruction Booklet
For: 1955-57 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
Color
View Color
Zipper
Why Buy a Package Special?
$349.95
B.) A PACKAGE SPECIAL:
Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top and Plastic Rear Window as Is Original.
  • Plus:
  • 2-inch webbing for pads attached to top
  • Trimmer Contact Cement
  • Instruction Booklet
For: 1955-57 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
Color
View Color
Zipper
Why Buy a Package Special?
$539.95
C.) Haartz Stayfast Canvas Main Convertible Top Section Only, Includes 2-inch Webbing for Pads attached to top
For: 1955-57 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
Color
View Color
$369.95
D.) Haartz Stayfast Canvas Rear Plastic Window Section Only 
For: 1955-57 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
Color
View Color
Zipper
$169.95
E.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top Section Only, Includes 2-inch Webbing for Pads attached to top
For: 1955-57 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
Color
View Color
$219.95
F.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Rear Plastic Window Section Only 
For: 1955-57 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
Color
View Color
Zipper
$139.95
Ford Thunderbird 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
1955-66 Ford Thunderbird Tack Strip, 6' Front and 14' Rear
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$36.95
Fiberboard Tack Strip, Measures: 1/4" Thick x 5/8" Wide x 62" Long

 

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$8.95
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: 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
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
Tack Strips: Front measures 5/8" X 3/16" cut to length by the foot
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$2.00
Tack Strips: Rear measures 1/2" X 1/4" cut to length by the foot
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$2.00
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.
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$56.95
Plastic pry tool, great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc
$9.95
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
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
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


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


Custom Fit Car Covers

Custom Fit Car Covers

1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 200 Series
$159.95
1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 380 Series
$199.95
1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, Evolution Series
$239.95
1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 200 Series
$159.95
1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 380 Series
$199.95
1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, Evolution Series
$239.95


Custom Carpet

Custom Carpet

1955-56 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Trunk Mat, Fleece or Burtex
View Color
$109.95
1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Trunk Mat, Fleece or Burtex
View Color
$109.95


Important Information

Original Factory Color(s): Black and White

Plastic Window: The 1955 Thunderbird plastic window is made with a horse-shoe zipper and exposed trim at the base of the window. The 1956-57 Thunderbird has a straight zipper and exposed trim. Give us a call if your configuration is different.

Orginal Configuration: The original topping in these cars was Haartz stayfast canvas. We also offer the Haartz pinpoint vinyl.

Original Window:The top is available with a plastic rear window, all have exposed trim at the base of the window. The 1955 Ford Thunderbird had a horse-shoe zipper. The 1956-57 Thunderbird had a "regular" zipper, please specify if you want this in the checkout message box.

This is a classic "two part top." the main top and the rear window section are joined at the rear top cross bow. Our tops include molding to hide the attachment staples.

The plastic rear window is zippered. The zipper is a horseshoe zipper that allows complete opening of the window. This is the new industry standard and allows easier opening of the back window than the old fashioned straight zipper.

Padding sets and top bow tacking strips should last through two tops. These are offered as accessories. In this top there are three tacking strips: at the front bow. The rear top bow and at the rear baseline. Top pads include the long pads and the quarter pads.

Can i install this top myself?
this top is one of the “classic american two part tops.”
excellent instructions on installing these two part tops are contained
in the well written and illustrated chapter on top installation in the book:
“automotive upholstery handbook” by taylor.
you may purchase this book by going to our home page and selecting
“book on auto upholstery” from the product list.
we do offer these instructions tailored specifically for the thunderbird
in a separate brochure if you purchase a new top.
no sewing, or minimal sewing, is required in the installation.
stapling and glueing (contact) cement work is required
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 (Ford Thunderbird) fit cars for years: 1955, 1956 and 1957.