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Ford Thunderbird, 1961-63
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 Ford 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, tack strips and glue kit.
  • 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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1961-63 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Tops
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Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top and Plastic Rear Window Section.
  • Plus:
  • Tack Strips (TS-TBIRD)
  • Pads (CTTP)
  • Trimmer Contact Cement(HH-66 4 oz)
  • Installation Manual
For: 1961-63 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
About Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl
Why Buy a Package Special?

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B.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Main Convertible Top Section Only
For: 1961-63 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
About Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl

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C.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Rear Plastic Window Section Only
For: 1961-63 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
About Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl

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Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top and Rear Plastic Window.
  • Plus:
  • Tack Strips(TS-TBIRD)
  • Pads(CTTP)
  • Trimmer Contact Cement(HH-66 4oz)
  • Installation Manual
For: 1961-63 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
About Haartz Stayfast Canvas
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Ford Thunderbird convertible tops and parts in this category fit model years: 1961, 1962 and 1963

Description Price Buy!
"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).

1960-66 Ford Thunderbird High Capacity Motor Pump
Deck Lid Cylinder

T-bird 1961-Early 1962

Solenoid Valve, 2 Fittings

Fits Solenoid: 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, early 1963 Thunderbird "Convertible Top Hose"

Solenoid Valve, Tab

Fits: Solenoid Late 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 Thunderbird "Convertible Top Hose"

Top Cylinder

1961-1962.5 Ford Thunderbird

Note: The 1961–1962 ½ used the older standard 2” bore cylinders with ½-20 ports.

Deck Lid Cylinder

Fits Late 1962-1963 T-Bird

Top Cylinder

Fits 1962.5-1963 Ford Thunderbird only

Note: The 1962 ½-63 used 7/16-24 fittings

1961-1962 1/2 Thunderbird Convertible Hydraulic Hose Set, 5 Pieces

The 1961-1962 1/2 used 1/2 - 20 fitings on all hoses. 

The difference between the two hoses offered for the Thunderbird is the fittings that attach to each cylinder.  The 1961–1962 ½ used the older standard 2” bore cylinders with ½-20 ports.  The 1962 ½ -1963 had switched to the newer style cylinders  which required the smaller fittings.

1962 1/2-1963 Thunderbird, Hydraulic Hose Set, 5 Pieces

The 1962 ½-63 used 7/16-24 fittings on two of the five hoses.

Note: The difference between the two hoses offered for the Thunderbird is the fittings that attach to each cylinder. The 1961–62 ½ used the older standard 2” bore cylinders with ½-20 ports. The 1962 ½ -1963 had switched to the newer style cylinders, which required smaller fittings. 

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.
Set of 4 New Pointed Pump Grommets
Top Cylinder Mounting Bolt, One.
With Pin and Bushings
1 5/8" Long, 3/8" Diameter.
Top Cylinder Mounting Bolt, One
With Pin and Bushings.
1 1/8" Long, 3/8" in Diameter.
Top Cylinder White Nylon Bushing, Each
Motor pump reservoir plug, black rubber

Description Price Buy!
Weatherstripping Seal: Header Seal, Made With All Notches and Holes

For 1963-64 Ford Falcon; 1963-64 Ford Thunderbird; 1963-64 Ford Galaxie and Sunliner

Weatherstripping Seal: Top Bow to Header Seal
Ford Thunderbird 58-66

Installation Supplies
Description Price Buy!
1955-66 Ford Thunderbird Tack Strip, 6' Front and 14' Rear

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. Any handy person can remove and install their own convertible top and save hundreds of dollars on labor costs. This manual applies to almost all American convertibles made before the year 2000, and some foreign cars, too, like Celicas and Saabs. Our manuals, available exclusively at Convertible Top Guys, have been helping do-it-yourselfers for years. This spiral bound 8 1/2 x 11 book is designed as both a tutorial for first-time installers and as a step-by-step manual, too. They're the best guides on the market. Buy it on its own here or get it for 1/2 price by purchasing one of our convertible top packages.

Pair of Top Pads. 65"

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.

Arrow T-50 Stainless Staples, 1/4", 300 Count


Arrow T-50 Stainless-Steel Staples 3/8", 300 Count

Arrow T-50 Stainless-Steel Staples, 3/8", 1000 Count

Arrow T-50 Stainless-Steel Staples, 1/4", 1000 Count
Trimmer Contact Cement: 4-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
Trimmer Contact Cement: 8-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
3M Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive, 5oz Tube
Build out or caulk under your rubber seals.
Repairs cracks in seals.
Insure against leakage.

Plastic pry tool set, 7-piece kit

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


Cleaning & Protectant
Description Price Buy!
A Combination Pack of RAGGTOPP Brand Canvas Cleaner & Protectant.
  • Raggtopp Convertible Top Plastic Window Cleaner and Protectant Kit.
  • The Natural Horsehair Convertible Top Cleaning Brush
A Combination Pack of RAGGTOPP Brand Canvas Cleaner & Protectant

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A Combination Pack of the RAGGTOPP Brand Vinyl Cleaner and Protectant.
  • Raggtopp Convertible Top Plastic Window Cleaner and Protectant Kit.
  • The Natural Horsehair Convertible Top Cleaning Brush
A Combination Pack of the RAGGTOPP Brand Vinyl Cleaner and Protectant Together

About RAGGTOPP products
Raggtopp Convertible Top Plastic Window Cleaner and Protectant Kit


  • Bottle Window Cleaner
  • Bottle Window Protectant
  • Sponge, Applicator Pad
  • Microfiber Towel

About RAGGTOPP products
Natural Horsehair Convertible Top Cleaning Brush

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Top Switch, Relays, Etc.
Description Price Buy!
Top Switch
Activates Raising/Lowering.
Heavy Duty: Rated for 50 amps.
Mount in any under dash hole.
Use your original wiring, per included diagram.

Custom Fit Car Covers
Description Price Buy!
1961-66 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 200 Series
1961-66 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 380 Series
1961-66 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, Evolution Series

Custom Carpet
Description Color Price Buy!
1961-63 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Loop Pile Carpet

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Important Information
Original Factory Color(s): Black and White

The original topping fabric was pinpoint vinyl. We offer these tops; we also offer tops made of Haartz Stayfast canvas. You can read full information on topping fabrics at the "Help" link at the top of this page.

Original Factory Window: Clear vinyl with zipper and exposed trim at the base of the window with binding as is original.

This is a classic two part top: the main top and the rear window sections are integrated during the installation process.

Installation involves stapling and gluing. There is no sewing. If you are confident using an air driven staple gun then you are a good candidate for do-it-yourself installation. You can read a summary of our 'two part top' manual via the blue link at the bottom of this page.

Tack Strips:
Tacking strips are embedded in the header and rear top frame bows. They receive the staples. We offer replacement strips. (If your lower--below the back window--tacking belts need replacement please inquire.)

Hold down cables:
Cables are threaded through the side hems of the top and hold the top to the framework. They are not visible after installation. New cables are recommended with each new top.

Pads are installed under the top. They 'build out' the top along the sides.


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.

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.
  • Sonnenland® (View) is a German-made 3-ply topping made up of an acrylic twill-weave facing, a rubber inner-layer, and a polyester "dobby backing." The dobby backing is a knit-like weave original to many high-end foreign cars. Customers who value originality over cost often pay top dollar for Sonnenland, just to have that authentic "dobby backing," seen only when you look up at the roof of your convertible top from inside your car. Sonnenland canvas is a top-of-the-line material original to various Audi, BMW, and Jaguar convertibles, among others. Sonnenland Canvas can vary in terms of surface weave and/or weight for acoustic performance, but all Sonnenland Canvas promises elegance and long-lasting durability.
  • Twillfast® (View), also called Sonnendeck Canvas, is an American-made canvas - a cost-effective substitute for Sonnenland. Twillfast is usually a 3-ply topping (though some versions are 5-ply) with Polyester and/or Polyester/cotton backings. This material, original to certain Camaro, BMW, Mustang, and VW Beetle convertibles, among others, varies in terms of surface weave and/or weight for acoustic performance. Twillfast Canvas is identical to Sonnenland Canvas - elegant and durable - only it's less expensive. This is a top-notch convertible top material, one we often recommend to savvy customers who like a good buy and a quality product.
  • Stayfast Canvas (View) is an elegant, durable canvas original to cars like the Mazda Miata and the Nissan 370Z. Stayfast is commonly used in replacement convertible tops. Stayfast canvas has an acrylic square weave facing, a rubber inner-layer, and a cotton backing. As with other canvases, the rubber core gives the fabric long-lasting durability. Stayfast canvas is a sleek, beautiful canvas, usually less expensive than Twillfast, but it does not have the dobby backing offered in Sonnenland and Twillfast (Sonnendeck). Stayfast is a popular upgrade to vinyl convertible tops, and as with any canvas, is richer looking and has a higher wear rating than convertible tops made of vinyl.
  • Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl (View) is the most popular fabric. This vinyl design is original to most American cars from the fifties to the nineties. Pinpoint refers to the little dots or pips that you see if you look closely at the vinyl surface. European cars, such as the old Beetles and others also used pinpoint vinyl as the topping fabric.
  • Chrysler Sailcloth (View) is featured on many late LeBarons, Sebrings, certain Mustangs and other cars. It is structurally (wear quality) equivalent to the Haartz Pinpoint but has a different surface grain. The grain was designed to imitate the look of canvas. As you can see from the scan of this fabric, it is an exceptionally rich looking material. It is sometimes chosen for replacing convertible tops that originally featured pinpoint vinyl.
  • Cabrio Grain (View) is also structurally equivalent to the pinpoint. It has a pigskin outer grain vinyl as original to Volkswagen Cabriolets from 1984 onward and to Mazda Miatas and Mercury Capris.
  • A5S German Canvas (Robbins) The 100% Acrylic Twill Weave Surface Cloth receives a special flame singing treatment to remove the fabric knap; and is laminated to Black 100% Polyester Dobby backing.

    This is the original topping for Porsche Boxster and Cabrio convertible tops. 59 inches (150 cm) wide, made in Germany.
  • British Bison Vinyl (View) is the most popular British roadster convertible top material. It is American made Haartz leather grain vinyl and is an imitation of the British Everflex vinyl top fabric. The British Bison Vinyl convertible top fabric is often referred to as 'crush grain.'
  • British Everflex Vinyl (View) We are now pleased to offer British Everflex Vinyl for classic English tops. This is the original material used on British convertibles including Jaguar, Rolls Royce and many others. Imported from England, British Everflex vinyl is a supple vinyl with a rich appearance and is more durable than other vinyls. A good, less expensive alternative is Colonial grain vinyl. Colonial has the same texture but is less durable.
  • HV Denim (also called Twill Weave Vinyl) (View) is heavy duty sport material composed of a distinctive twill grain PVC outer layer and a polyester/cotton blend inside lining fabric.
  • Trilogy Acoustic Vinyl (View) A heavyweight vinyl that is often used on SUVs like Jeep, because the two-ply composite has the capacity to reduce noise by about 20 percent compared to standard vinyls like Sailcloth. The vinyl material is durable, promises long-lasting wear-and-tear, and resembles the sleek twill cloth commonly found on luxury convertible cars.
  • Haartz Twillfast RPC (View) This American-made canvas has a twill weave pattern and resembles German-made Sonnenland canvas. It is a great all-purpose canvas and, according to Haartz, is used on 99 percent of convertibles. It is stronger and more durable than Stayfast Canvas and offers more sound protection. Haartz rates Twillfast RPC as a mid-level acoustic product, compared to the low-level sound reduction offered on other top materials like Stayfast

Parts in this category (Ford Thunderbird) fit cars for years: 1961, 1962 and 1963.

We a now pleased to offer hydraulic cylinders, hydraulic motor pumps, and hydraulic hose sets for many different convertibles, they will be listed on your cars page if available. Also, checkout our newly added roof rail weatherstripping seals, front header weatherstripping seals, door weatherstripping seals, trunk weatherstripping seals. Look for extra savings on weatherstripping seals kits.

We are continuing to grow our convertible related products: These include convertible top latches, tonneau covers, relays, switches, rear tacking rails (trimsticks), seat covers, car covers, and carpeting.

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