Chevrolet Impala, 1959-60
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

Chevrolet Impala Convertible Top Information:
  • Quality: Made to original specs, 100% fit guarantee.
  • Original Configuration: This is a classic two part convertible top: there is a main top and a rear window section. The two are integrated upon installation. Our tops are made with horseshoe zippered plastic rear window or horseshoe zippered "blank curtain." Tops come with the above rear window molding and their chrome tips. Fabric covered header bow seal is included. Rear fabric is marked for alignment with base line tacking strips.
  • About 'Blank Curtains.' : If you have a glass window assembly for installation then we can offer tops with double thickness fabric "blank curtains" to accept your window.  Here is a typical installation:
  • Original Fabrics: Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl in black, classic white, tan, medium gray and beige. Haartz Stayfast Canvas in black and tan (both with black or tan backing.) .
    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: These tops are made by Kee or EZ-On. Both offer six year manufacturer warranties. EZ-On adds an 18 month labor allowance.
  • Hydraulic Components: Hydraulic cylinders, motor pumps and hose sets all available and in stock.
  • Preview our Convertible Top Installation Guide

 

Tops with Plastic Window

Tops with Plastic Window

Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top
with Zippered Plastic Rear Window

Made by Kee Auto Tops
Two Part Top Manual included if requested
Color:

As low as:
$375.00
Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top
with Zippered Plastic Rear Window
Made by Kee

Two part top manual included if requested.
Color
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$635.00
Package Special:
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top
with Zippered Plastic Rear Window

Made by Kee Auto Tops
  • Plus:
  • Convertible Top Pads
  • Pair Hold Down Cables (CAU1)
  • Tack strips for header and rear top bows
  • Trimmer Contact Cement Can with Brush
  • Installation manual (see below)
Color:

As low as:
$435.00
Package Special:
Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top
with Zippered Plastic Rear Window
Made by Kee
  • Plus:
  • Convertible Top Pads
  • Pair Hold Down Cables (CAU1)
  • Tack strips for header and rear top bows
  • Trimmer Contact Cement Can with Brush
  • Installation manual (see below)
Color
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$695.00


Tops with Blank Curtain

Tops with Blank Curtain

Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top
with Zippered Blank Rear Curtain
(see 'about blank curtains' in Information above)
Made by EZ-On

 
Color:

As low as:
$500.00
Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top
with Zippered Blank Rear Curtain
(see 'about blank curtains' in Information above)
Made by EZ-On
Color
View Color
$756.00


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 any 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 ot can be measured with the old top on the car (as illustrated.)

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
75" PADS WITH QUARTER SECTIONS. TAN (FOR USE WITH TAN UNDERSIDE TOPS)
$99.00
Standard Black Top Pad Set, includes Quarter Pads,
   Details...

$99.00
Top Pads with Quarters,Black or Tan Stayfast Canvas
   Details...

Color
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$169.95
Convertible Top Rear Well Liner.
   Details...

$109.00
Plastic pry tool, great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc
$11.95
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
Fiberboard Tack Strip, Measures: 1/4" Thick x 13/16" Wide x 62" Long

 

   Details...

$10.95
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: These usually apply. In certain convertible top frames (especially pre-sixties) the cross sections of the header and rear top bows vary. You can measure the top bow channel cross sections and let us know if yours vary from the usual plastic ones. In that case include your tack strip selection in checkout message.
   Details...

$22.95
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
Convertible Top Rear Well Liner, Original Black GM Material
   Details...

$99.00
Universal Domestic, Side Tension Hold Down Cables, Pair (with springs)

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

$31.00
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.
$10.95
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


Accessories

Accessories

Brake Pedal Pad, for Power Brakes or Automatic Transmissions,4-3/4" wide x 2-3/4" long, each
  • 1958-70 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1959-70 Chevrolet Impala, Malibu
  • 1960-69 Chevrolet Corvair
  • 1962-70 Chevrolet Chevy II and Nova
  • 1967-70 Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird
  • 1967-70 Chevrolet Caprice
  • 1967-70 Chevrolet Chevelle
$19.95
Clutch and Brake Pedal Pads, 2-5/8" Wide x 3-5/8" Long, Pair
  • 1958-62 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1959-65 Chevrolet Impala
  • 1960-65 Chevrolet Corvair
  • 1962-65 Chevrolet Chevy II and Nova
  • 1964-65 Chevrolet Chevelle
  • 1965-64 Chevrolet Malibu
$19.95
Power Brake Pedal Pad for Cars with Manual Transmission

Nice Reproduction, 3-5/8" wide x 2-5/8" long, each

  • 1964 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1959-67 Chevrolet Impala
  • 1960-67 Chevrolet Corvair
  • 1962-67 Chevrolet Chevy II and Nova
  • 1964-67 Chevrolet Chevelle
  • 1964-67 Chevrolet Malibu
$13.95


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
1959-60 Impala Convertible Top Hydraulic Cylinder, Each
$139.95
1959-60 Impala Convertible Top Hydraulic Cylinders, Pair
$269.95
1959-60 Impala Convertible Top Hydraulic Hose Set
$99.95
1959-60 Impala Convertible Top Hydraulic Motor-pump
$251.95
Convertible Top Hose Clip, Fits: 1955-1972 GM Convertibles
$8.99
FLAT GROMMET FEET FOR EARLY MOTOR PUMP, 4 PIECES
$9.95
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 Madrid Vinyl.
Includes 28 Preinstalled Snaps.

Fits 1959-60 Buick Invicta & Electra 225; 1959-60 Cadillac Coupe & Eldorado; 1959-60 Pontiac Bonneville & Catalina; 1959-60 Chevrolet Impala

View Color
$269.00
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

1959-60 GM A, B C BODY CONVERTIBLES Vent window with rear division channel seals - left and right, 4 PC Set
Fits:1959-60 BUICK ELECTRA, INVICTA, LESABRE 1959-60 CADILLAC DEVILLE, ELDO, SERIES 62, 1959-60 CHEVROLET IMPALA 1959-60 OLDSMOBILE 98, DYNAMIC, SUPER 88 1959-60 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE, CATALINA, STARCHIEF
$109.95
Weatherstripping Seal: Windshield Pillar Post Seals. Pair

Fits: All 1959-60 Electra, Lesabre, Impala, "88", "98", Bonneville, Catalina Convertibles

$95.95


Latches

Latches

1955-60 Chevrolet and Pontiac Convertible Top Latch Handles, Pair
$99.95


Top Frame Parts

Top Frame Parts

1959-60 Full Size GM Cars (B & C Body). Convertible Top Rear Tacking Rail (Trimstick)
$169.95


Top Switch, Relays, Etc.

Top Switch, Relays, Etc.

Top Switch
Activates Raising/Lowering.
Heavy Duty: Rated for 50 amps.
Mount in any under dash hole.
$34.95


Important Information

Original Factory Color(s): Black and GM White

Fabrics: The original convertible top fabric was Eurotopping pinpoint vinyl, a true three layer top. We also offer the top in Haartz pinpoint vinyl, a two layer version. The two fabrics are indistinguishable visually. The difference is in the internal construction and the consequent wear rating. (Eurotopping has a butyl rubber core and is the most durable of all vinyl toppings.)

Original Patterns: Our 1959-60 Impala tops are made from original dealer patterns.

Installation: This is a classic two part top. You can read a thorough summary of the construction and installation of this top via the blue link below. The full installation manual is available under 'Accessories' on this page.

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 are available separately, or included with our restoration packages.

Top pads: Top padding (underneath the top) "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. Replacement boots are available, under "Accessories." Our Impala boot attaches like the original.

Installation manual: The manual for classic two part tops is summarized at the link below. The manual should enable the careful handy person to perform his or her own installation and should be used in conjunction with notes taken during the removal of the old top.

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.


Parts in this category (Chevrolet Impala) fit cars for years: 1959 and 1960.