Jaguar XJS (Hess & Eisenhardt or Car Craft Conversion), 1986-88
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

Jaguar XJS (Hess and Eisenhardt Conversion) Convertible Top Key Features:
please check for H & E or Car Craft emblem on door jamb or trunk lid

 
  • Quality: Made to original specs, 100% fit guarantee.
  • Original Configuration: You can purchase a top which requires the attachment of your refurbished glass window, or you can purchase a top with an installed plastic window.
  • Original Factory Materials: Haartz Stayfast Canvas in black. Haartz pinpoint vinyl in buckskin.
  • 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.
  • Installation: Professional installation is suggested. A handy and meticulous person may consider DIY installation. This comprises use of a stapling gun, some rivet work and contact cement. Here is a link to top removal and installation It is in section 10 of this manual::Paste this URL to your browser to load the manual:
                         http://www.jagrepair.com/images/Electrical/Elect-Tech%20All/XJS%20Hess%20&%20Eisenhardt.pdf
         There is no sewing involved in the installation. To locate a professional installer please enter
         "automobile upholstery shops near me" in your browser search bar. 
  • Shop with confidence: The top is made by EZ-On or Kee Auto Tops
    EZ-On has a 3 year factory warranty with 18 month labor allowance.
    Kee's factory warranty is 5 years with no labor allowance.

     

Convertible Tops and Packages

Convertible Tops and Packages

A.) Jaguar H & E/Car craft Convertible Top
with plastic rear window
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl OR Haartz Stayfast Canvas


made by  Kee Auto Tops         KE4101
 
Fabric & Color:

As low as:
$439.00
B.) A Package Special
Jaguar H & E/Car craft Convertible Top
with plastic rear window
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl OR Haartz Stayfast Canvas

PLUS
Side and rear hold down cables
Tack strips for header and rear top bows
Can trimmer contact cement with brush
300  3/8" stainless steel Arrow T-250 staples
Rubber seal "pry/push" tool 


made by  Kee Auto Tops         KE4101
Fabric & Color:

As low as:
$515.00
C.) Jaguar H & E/Car craft Convertible Top
with plastic rear window
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl OR Haartz Stayfast Canvas


made by EZ-On       EZON140
Fabric & Color:

As low as:
$462.00
D.) Jaguar H & E or CarCraft Convertible Top
With refurbished window (exchange required: please inquire on process)
Haartz Stayfast Canvas OR Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl

Made by Kee      KE-4101

 
Fabric & Color:

As low as:
$429.00
Jaguar XJS (Hess & Eisenhardt or Car Craft Conversion) convertible tops and parts in this category fit model years: 1986, 1987 and 1988


Installation Supplies

Installation Supplies

Pair of side hold down cables.

Jaguar (Hess and Eisenstadt Conversion Frame)
1986-1988 Jaguar


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

$39.95
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
Convertible Top rear Cable.
$31.95
Plastic pry tool, great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc
$11.95
Trimmer Contact Cement: 8-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
$12.95
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.
$10.95
Plastic pry tool set, 7-piece kit

Great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc.

$26.95


Hydraulics

Hydraulics

Top Cylinder, Fits Left or Right

Fits: 1985 Jaguar H&E Conversion

$129.95
Top Cylinder, Fits Left or Right

Fits: 1986-88 Jaguar H&E Conversion

$129.95
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


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.
Use your original wiring, per included diagram.
$34.95


Seat Covers

Seat Covers

1975-88 Jaguar XJS, Style "A", Original Jaguar Leather, Seat Upholstery Kit, 2 Cushions, 2 Backrests & 2 Headrests.
View Color
$1595.95
 
1975-88 Jaguar XJS, Style "A", Vinyl, Seat Upholstery Kit, 2 Cushions, 2 Backrests & 2 Headrests.
View Color
$895.95
1988-94 Jaguar XJS, Style "B", Original Jaguar Leather, Seat Upholstery Kit, 2 Cushions, 2 Backrests & 2 Headrests.
View Color
$1695.95
 
1988-94 Jaguar XJS, Style "B", Original Jaguar Leather, Seat Upholstery Kit, 2 Cushions, 2 Backrests & 2 Headrests.
View Color
$1695.95


Custom Fit Car Covers

Custom Fit Car Covers

1986-96 Jaguar XJS Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 200 Series
$191.95
1986-96 Jaguar XJS Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 380 Series
$239.95


Important Information

Original Factory Color(s): Black and Saddle

Hess and Eisenhardt Conversion: From 1986-88 Hess and Eisenhardt made a conversion to the Jaguar. The tops for these cars are listed on this page. Your car will have a nameplate in the driver's door jam or trunk lid to identify.

Window:For this top you can re-use your original glass window or we have the option to buy a top and plastic window configuration.

Original Configuration: Hand rolled binding, rain gutters above door, top made with top stitch deck seams as original, use attachment cables when mounting top to body.

Original Material(s): German Sonnenland Canvas with Plastic Curtain

Alternate Materials Available: Sonnedeck Canvas and Haartz Stayfast Canvas

About the Materials:

German Sonnenland Canvas is the original German made canvas used in many Mercedes, Porsche, BMW and other convertibles. It's general construction is very similar to the other two canvases. It is hard to tell the surfaces apart among the three. But the manufacturing specifications make this the longest lasting top. There is an approximate twenty percent greater wear rating for Sonnenland than for Haartz Stayfast. Some of this is due to the abrasion resistance of the exterior canvas. This is a factor in certain tops where the framework design tends to produce friction between the top's surface and the car's hardware. (It is a well known 'trade secret' that the Haartz Division of Glen Raven Mills purchased the Sonnenland factory.)

Sonnendeck Canvas (also called 'Twillfast') is an American made canvas, true double texture topping like the Haartz Stayfast. Many purists who own Mercedes and other German cars want to see the particular German weave (that is called "dobby weave") when they look up inside the car. Haartz Stayfast canvas has a plain (unwoven) inner lining. So for Porsche, Mercedes and BMW owners who will spend a little more in order to see that "dobby" weave we offer a fabric called Sonnendeck (in addition to the original German Sonnenland or Happich canvas. The wear rating of Sonnendeck is also greater than for Haartz, by perhaps 10%. This is due to the slightly heavier inner lining and subtle bonding specification differences.

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.

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 (Jaguar XJS (Hess & Eisenhardt or Car Craft Conversion)) fit cars for years: 1986, 1987 and 1988.