Chrysler Imperial, 1962-63
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

Chrysler Imperial Convertible Top Key Features:
  • Quality: Made to Chrysler specs, 100% fit guarantee.
  • Original Configuration: Two piece top, main top section and zippered plastic window section; joined upon installation. Molding above rear window with chrome tips included.
  • Materials: Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl and 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: Top plus installation parts for full restoration, including install manual.
  • Tack strips are available in different sizes and lengths. Please order separately.
  • Shop with confidence: 6 year manufacturer warranty.
  • Hydraulic Components: Hydraulic cylinders, motor pumps and hose sets all available and in stock.

 

 

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Convertible Tops and Packages

Convertible Tops and Packages

A.) Package Special:
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top with Plastic Window.
Black or White
  • Plus:
  • Pair Tack Strips
  • Convertible Top Pads
  • Trimmer Contact Cement
  • Installation Manual (see below)
For: 1962-63 Chrysler Imperial Convertible Top
Color
View Color
$385.00
B.) Package Special:
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top with Plastic Window.
Bright White, Tan, Buckskin, Dark Blue
  • Plus:
  • Pair Tack Strips
  • Convertible Top Pads
  • Trimmer Contact Cement
  • Installation Manual (see below)
For: 1962-63 Chrysler Imperial Convertible Top
View Color
$420.00
C.) Package Special:
Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top with Plastic Window.
  • Plus:
  • Pair Tack Strips
  • Convertible Top Pads
  • Trimmer Contact Cement
  • Installation Manual (see below)
For: 1962-63 Chrysler Imperial Convertible Top
Color
View Color
$665.00
D.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Main Convertible Top Section Only
For: 1962-63 Chrysler Imperial Convertible Top
Color
View Color
$240.00
E.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Rear Plastic Window Section Only
For: 1962-63 Chrysler Imperial Convertible Top
$145.00
F.) Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top and Rear Plastic Window
For: 1962-63 Chrysler Imperial Convertible Top
Color
View Color
$660.00
Chrysler Imperial convertible tops and parts in this category fit model years: 1962 and 1963


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
1950-1961 Ford/Mercury, 1957-1963 Chrysler/Dodge 12 Volt, Hydraulic Motor Pump
$269.95
1961-63 Imperial Convertible Top Hydraulic Cylinder for Either Side, Each
$139.95
1961-63 Imperial Convertible Top Hydraulic Hose Set
$99.95
1961-63 Imperial Convertible Top Hydraulic Lift Cylinders for Either Side, Pair
$269.95
1961-63 Imperial Convertible Top Motor-pump, 12v
$251.95
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


Installation Supplies

Installation Supplies

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
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
Convertible Top Pads
   Details...

$35.00
Plastic pry tool, great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc
$9.95
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
Universal Domestic, Side Tension Hold Down Cables, Pair (with springs)

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

$32.00
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.
$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


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

Roof Rail Seals for Convertibles, 1 1/4" wide by 97" long

Cut to fit

Fits: 1960-71 Chrysler 300; 1960-70 Chrysler Imperial; 1960-71 Chrysler New Yorker; 1960-71 Chrysler Newport; 1960-69 Dodge Dart; 1962-70 Dodge Polara; 1960-70 Plymouth Fury; 1963-66 Plymouth Valiant;

$53.95


Important Information

The original 1961-63 Chrysler Imperial convertible top fabric was a vinyl that is very similar to our modern haartz pinpoint vinyl.

There is an extended wear version of this topping, called "euro-topping." the backing (inner lining) in our eurotopping imperial convertible top is a polyester/cotton blend with a special bonding process (to the outer vinyl layer). The eurotopping imperial top is the longest wearing of all vinyl tops.

The outer face (vinyl grain) in the haartz pinpoint and in the eurotopping are the same.

We also offer the imperial convertible top in (non-original) haartz stayfast canvas. Stayfast canvas, because of its thick center butyl rubber layer has the longest of all wear ratings. The canvas outer skin is luxurious looking. Canvas is slightly more difficult to clean than vinyl.

These tops are made with a rear window section containing a sewn in and zippered plastic rear window.

Hold down cables: a pair of cables, one on each side, is threaded through the side hems of the top. They fasten the sides of the top, front and rear, to the top frame. The spring on each cable provide variable tension as the top is raised and lowered.

The top is patterned exactly like the original. This construction is the classical two part top: main top plus rear window section. The two parts are joined at the rear top bow upon installation.

Owner installation: many owners install their own two part tops. The installation manual offered (see "accessories" below) describes how classic American two part tops are installed. Staples or tacks are required to attach the top to the frame bows. Usually this is done with a compressor driven or electric staple gun. Also some contact cementing of fabric flaps is required. There is no sewing. We cannot offer installation consulting.

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 (Chrysler Imperial) fit cars for years: 1962 and 1963.