Ford Thunderbird, 1961-63
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top Key Features:
  • Quality: Made to original specs, 100% fit guarantee.
  • Original Configuration: Two piece top, top section and window section integrate upon installation. Molding over rear window and chrome tips supplied. Extra fabric for header bow seal included.
  • 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.
  • Original Fabrics: Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl in black, Ford white and Ford blue (a pale blue now discontinued); Haartz Stayfast Canvas in black.
  • Windows: We offer tops with original plastic window.
  • Tacking Strips: The header and rear top bows require special tack strip dimensions; these are offered at 'installation supplies.'
  • Installation: Professional installation is suggested. A handy and meticulous person may consider DIY installation. This comprises use of a stapling gun and contact cement (as outlined in the manual summary in the link below.) There is no sewing involved. To locate a professional installer please enter "automobile upholstery shops near me" in your browser search bar.
  • Shop with confidence: 6 year manufacturer warranty.
  • 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.) Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
with Plastic Rear Window
Select Fabric & Color:
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl OR Haartz Stayfast Canvas

 
Fabric & Color:

As low as:
$340.00
B.) Package Special:
Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
with Plastic Rear Window
Select Fabric & Color:
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl OR Haartz Stayfast Canvas
PLUS
  • Tack Strips (TS-TBIRD)
  • Pads (75 w/wqtrs)
  • Trimmer Contact Cement can with brush
  • Installation Manual (see below)
Fabric & Color:

As low as:
$390.00
C.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Main Convertible Top Section
Use with existing rear window section.
For: 1961-63 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
Color
View Color
$229.00
D.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Rear Plastic Window Section
Use with existing main top section

 
For: 1961-63 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Top
Color
View Color
$139.00
Ford Thunderbird convertible tops and parts in this category fit model years: 1961, 1962 and 1963


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
1955-66 Ford Thunderbird Tack Strip, 6' Front and 14' Rear
   Details...

$36.95
 
75" PADS WITH QUARTERS, BLACK
$95.00
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
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


Hydraulics

Hydraulics

"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
1960-66 Ford Thunderbird High Capacity Motor Pump
$369.95
Deck Lid Cylinder

T-bird 1961-Early 1962

$124.95
Solenoid Valve, 2 Fittings

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

$149.95
Solenoid Valve, Tab

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

$149.95
Top Cylinder

1961-1962.5 Ford Thunderbird

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

$154.95
Deck Lid Cylinder

Fits Late 1962-1963 T-Bird

$129.95
Top Cylinder

Fits 1962.5-1963 Ford Thunderbird only

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

$129.95
1961-1962 1/2 Thunderbird Convertible Hydraulic Hose Set, 5 Pieces


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

Notes: 
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.
 

$239.95
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. 

$239.95
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


Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping

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

$65.95
Weatherstripping Seal: Top Bow to Header Seal
Ford Thunderbird 58-66
$34.95


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.
$34.95


Custom Fit Car Covers

Custom Fit Car Covers

1961-66 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 200 Series
$155.95
1961-66 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 380 Series
$191.95


Custom Carpet

Custom Carpet

1961-63 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Custom Fit Loop Pile Carpet
View Color
$289.95




Important Information

Original Factory Color(s): Black and White

Fabrics:
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.

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

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 (Ford Thunderbird) fit cars for years: 1961, 1962 and 1963.