The Pontiac Tempest was introduced in 1960. The first Pontiac Tempest convertibles were the 1962 convertible models. We offer replacement Pontiac Tempest convertible tops and Pontiac Tempest convertible top restoration packages for all Tempest convertibles. The convertible tops are reproductions made from original dealer convertible tops using state-of-the-art materials and fabrication techniques for perfect replacement of your convertible top.
Pontiac Tempest is a Two Part Top:
Like most American convertible tops, the design of the Tempest top is a classic one. The rear window section of the top is called the "curtain" and contains the window and its trim fabric. The larger section, the main portion of the convertible top is installed over the curtain. How this is done is outlined in the link you can invoke below. We offer two part top installation manuals and specific Tempest data and manuals are included with our do-it-yourself convertible top restoration packages.
Pontiac Tempest Tops: Can I Install Myself?
We offer a profusely illustrated convertible top manual, now in its fourth edition. This covers, in detail, all the steps for do-it-yourself convertible top installation. In particular, the manual applies to these cars which all have a two part convertible top. Owners may purchase the manual to review it before purchasing a convertible top package. We would then pro-rate future purchase of the convertible top when it is ordered.
If you can use an air compressor driven staple gun, and are patient and methodical, you are very likely to be able to install any of these convertible tops. The convertible top packages include everything needed in most cases. (Convertible top frame seals must be ordered separately if required.)
Note that there is no sewing involved in installing a two part convertible top. There is stapling and there is manipulation of the top fabric which in places is applied with contact cement. Our convertible top packages include stainless steel staples and the very best grade of contact cement with brush. Please click the link to your convertible top page for more information.
Other parts required for a convertible top restoration are available. The links at the right will take you to your Pontiac Tempest convertible. If you select a Tempest link you will find full information on accessories as well as tops, main top, convertible curtains and complete restoration packages and advice.
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 5 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.
Pontiac Tempest Convertible Tops and Convertible Top Parts available for years
1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972