DeSoto Firedome & FireFlite, 1955-56
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts


PLEASE ORDER YOUR TOP ACCORDING TO ORIGINAL WINDOW STYLE
(MOST 1955s HAD FLAT WINDOWS, MOST 1956s HAD WRAP-AROUND



DeSoto Convertible Top Features:
  • Quality: Made to original specs, 100% fit guarantee.
  • Original Configuration: Two piece top, top section and zippered window section joined upon installation. Original rear window was plastic. Molding above rear window with its chrome tips supplied.
  • Original Factory Material: Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl in black, classic white,. Stayfast Canvas tops also offered.
  • Rear Window: Original window was plastic. The window can be flat with a horseshoe zipper or "wrap-around (as pictured) with a flat zipper. You must order the top that mimics your original window.
  • Tacking Strips: The header and rear top bow channels are lined with tacking strips. As the cross-section dimensions in these cars vary we suggest measuring for your requirements. Specify trim sticks in checkout message.
  • 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.
  • Shop with confidence: Made by EZ-On with 6 year manufacturer warranty and 18 month labor allowance..
  • Hydraulic Components: Hydraulic cylinders, motor pumps and hose sets all available and in stock.

Preview our Convertible Top Installation Guide
 

Convertible Tops and Packages

Convertible Tops and Packages

A.) DeSoto Convertible Top
with Flat Plastic Rear Window (with horseshoe zipper)
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl OR Haartz Stayfast Canvas

Two Part Top Manual included, if requested.
Fabric & Color:

As low as:
$409.00
B.) DeSoto Convertible Top
with Wrap Around Plastic Rear Window (with flat zipper)
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl OR Haartz Stayfast Canvas

Two Part Top Manual included, if requested.
Fabric & Color:

As low as:
$409.00
DeSoto Firedome & FireFlite convertible tops and parts in this category fit model years: 1955 and 1956


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
Arrow T50ACD Heavy Duty Electric Stapler

The Arrow Fastener T50ACD electric staple gun drives wire staples with force. It will securely drive 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" 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", 3/8" and 1/2" 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 rugged carrying case and 10-foot, heavy-duty cord, a supply of T50 series staples, and a one-year manufacturer's warranty.

Additional features include safety trigger lock, comfortable non-slip cushion grip, fastener reload, all-steel working parts, and 14-amp motor.

   Details...

$59.95
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
Fiberboard Tack Strip: 1/4" Thick x 9/16" Wide x 62" Long

 

   Details...

$8.95
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.)
Note: In older convertible frames (fifties and earlier) the cross sections of the header and rear top bows vary.
   Details...

$19.95
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


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

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 (DeSoto Firedome & FireFlite) fit cars for years: 1955 and 1956.