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Landau tops were very popular in the mid-20th century and Ford used vinyl tops in many of the vehicles in their lineup during that time period. Landau tops are simply vehicles that have metal roofs which are covered with vinyl on the outside. They can be full landau tops (with vinyl all the way from the front windshield to the back trunk and down the side pillar posts) or can be partial landau tos (like the half tops that started midway down the roof and went down the back pillars). Ford models with half vinyl tops include: Thunderbird, Torino, Futura, Granada and Crown Victoria. All of these models also offered a full landau top, as well.
The standard texture for Ford vehicles was Corsica Vinyl and all of our replacement vinyl tops come in this texture. It is made in a Haartz vinyl fabric that is fleece backed and high-quality. If you are looking to replace your top with an exact color match, our team can help you determine which color to order. Simply look at the trim package sticker that is either found in the glove compartment or the driver’s side pillar post for the trim code. You can snap a picture or email us the code and we'll match it up with the exact color for your new vinyl top.
One thing to note when ordering replacement vinyl tops for Ford is to be mindful of the deck width for some models. Namely the Thunderbird, Galaxie, Falcon, Fairlane, LTD and Torino. Each of these models comes with a new vinyl top option that will fit different deck widths. Deck width is easy to measure. Find the side seams that run down the roof and at the midpoint of the body, measure from one seam to the other. Some models, like the Ford Custom, will need you to measure the width and length, so you’ll also measure from the front windshield to the back windshield, right down the midline (center) of the roof. All deck options are clearly called out for each model, but if you have questions, then our TopsOnline Customer Service team is happy to assist you.
Another thing to note with some Ford models is the different body styles that the new tops are made to fit. They are made specific to the model and this even includes different body styles, like 2-door and 4-door, sedan and wagons and fastbacks and coupes (like with Ford Mustangs). Some unlikely Ford models even have vinyl roof coverings, like the Ford Truck and Ford Van.
All replacement vinyl tops are made to original factory workmanship, measurements, features and standards, so you can trust your replacement will fit and look like the original. In Ford models, tops will come in one of two kinds of stitching, depending on what was originally offered from the factory. One stitch type has two seams running along the sides of the roof that are stitched, then folded over and heat-sealed, so the stitching is no longer visible. The other stitch type is a french seam, which is double stitched with the stitching showing on the top of the top. You’ll notice that in models like the Crown Victoria, there are different french stitched seam options that vary based on where the stitching is located.
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