Ford Fair Lane & Sunliner, 1955-56
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

Ford Fair Lane & Sunliner 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, White and Ford Blue
  • 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 and glue kit.
  • Tack strips are available in different sizes and lengths. Please order separately.
  • Shop with confidence: 5 year manufacturer warranty.
  • Hydraulic Components: Hydraulic cylinders, motor pumps and hose sets all available and in stock.
Can I install this top myself?

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Convertible Tops and Packages

Convertible Tops and Packages

A.) A PACKAGE SPECIAL:
Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top with Plastic (Zippered) Rear Window.
  • Plus:
  • Installation Manual
  • Trimmer Contact Cement 4 oz.
  • Pads 75" with Quarters
For: 1955-56 Ford Fair Lane & Sunliner Convertible Top
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Why Buy a Package Special?
$399.95
B.) A PACKAGE SPECIAL:
Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top and Plastic Rear Window.
  • Plus:
  • Installation Manual
  • Trimmer Contact Cement 4oz
  • Pads 75" with Quarters
For: 1955-56 Ford Fair Lane & Sunliner Convertible Top
Color
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Why Buy a Package Special?
$709.95
C.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Convertible Top Section Only
For: 1955-56 Ford Fair Lane & Sunliner Convertible Top
Color
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$239.95
D.) Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl Plastic Window Section Only
For: 1955-56 Ford Fair Lane & Sunliner Convertible Top
Color
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$129.95
Ford Fair Lane & Sunliner convertible tops and parts in this category fit model years: 1955 and 1956


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
1950-1961 Ford/Mercury, 1957-1963 Chrysler/Dodge 12 Volt, Hydraulic Motor Pump
$269.95
1955-56 Fairlane Convertible Top Hydraulic Cylinder, Each
$129.95
1955-56 Fairlane Convertible Top Hydraulic Hose Set
$109.95
1955-56 Fairlane Convertible Top Hydraulic Motor Pump, 12v.
$279.95
1955-56 Fairlane Convertible Top Hydraulic Motor Pump, 6v. Original had 3 wires this has been converted to 2. Includes new switch and relay.
$339.95
FLAT GROMMET FEET FOR EARLY MOTOR PUMP, 4 PIECES
$7.95
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

75" PADS WITH QUARTER SECTIONS. TAN (FOR USE WITH TAN UNDERSIDE TOPS)
$89.95
Fiberboard Tack Strip, Measures: 1/4" Thick x 13/16" Wide x 62" Long

 

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$10.95
Fiberboard Tack Strip, Measures: 1/4" Thick x 3/4" Wide x 62" Long

 

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$9.95
Fiberboard Tack Strip, Measures: 1/4" Thick x 5/8" Wide x 62" Long

 

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$8.95
Fiberboard Tack Strip: 1/4" Thick x 7/16" Wide x 62" Long

 

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$7.95
Fiberboard Tack Strip: 1/4" Thick x 9/16" Wide x 62" Long

 

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$8.95
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.)
   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.

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$30.95
Top Pad Set, includes Quarter Pads,

 

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$75.00
Top Pads with Quarters, Stayfast Canvas

 

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$169.95
A supply of front tacking strip which can be cut to size. this measures 5/8" WIDE X 3/16" THICK X 6 Foot
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$11.95
A supply of rear tacking strip which can be cut to size. this measures 1/4" THICK  X 1/2" WIDE X 6 Foot
   Details...

$11.95
Convertible Top Pads.
   Details...

$42.00
Convertible Top Rear Well Liner, 2 Snaps Installed.
   Details...

$98.95
Plastic pry tool, great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc
$9.95
Tack Strips: Front measures 5/8" X 3/16" cut to length by the foot
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$2.00
Tack Strips: Rear measures 1/2" X 1/4" cut to length by the foot
   Details...

$2.00
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
Plastic pry tool set, 7-piece kit

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

$26.95


Boots

Boots

Convertible Top Boot, Attaches as Original - In Original Sierra Vinyl.
Includes 35 Snaps & Snap Installation Tool

Fits 1955-1956 Mercury and 1955-1956 Ford Fairl Lane and Sunliner

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$219.95
Convertible Top Boot Bag
$32.95


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


Custom Carpet

Custom Carpet

1955-56 Ford Fairlane Sunliner Convertible, Custom Fit Loop Pile Carpet
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$299.95
 
1955-56 Ford Fairlane Sunliner Convertible, Trunk Mat, Fleece/Burtex
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$79.95


Important Information

Original Factory Color(s): Black, White and Ford Blue

Fabrics:
The Ford Fairlane and Sunliner original convertible top fabric was pinpoint vinyl. Original colors were, most often: black and Ford white.

Haartz stayfast canvas is chosen by some restorers because of its extraordinary durability. You can read about the fabrics at the Help link at the top of this page.

Classic Two Part Tops:
This is a classic two part top. The main top and the rear window section (with its attached fabric trim) are joined together during the installation. The job is described in our 'two part top restoration guide.' The guide is summarized at the link at the bottom of this page. It is listed as an "accessory." The guide, together with careful notes made during the removal process has guided many do-it-yourself restorers.

Top Pads:
Pads run along the framework underneath the top and build out the top itself. New pads are likely to be required but can last through two tops.

Tack Strips:
Tack strips are embedded in the front bow and also the rear top bow (the one over the rear window.) They receive the staples that hold the top to these bows. Tack strips, and pads are included in our package restoration special and are listed, separately, with "accessories."

There is an elaborate tacking bow assembly along the rear base line of the car. No replacements are available. However we can assist with the restoration of existing rear base tack forms. You can inquire on this at techsupport@mtmfg.com.

Boots:
A boot, optionally, holds the lowered top. Boots are usually chosen to match the interior or to complement the interior or paint color. Boots are listed with accessories. Please specify your boot color choice in the checkout message box.

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.

Do-it-yourselfers:   Read a summary of convertible top installation.
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 Fair Lane & Sunliner) fit cars for years: 1955 and 1956.