I. General Questions About the Website
Ia.Who is Topsonline.com?
We're not just an Internet based business - we have been open since 1987, giving us nearly 30 years experience in the automotive interior & convertible top industries.
Our main warehouse is located in Southern California; we also have distribution centers in South Carolina & Reno Nevada.
Ib.I'm having trouble getting through your 888-803-8505 toll free number, is there any other number to reach you?
Our sales reps are available Monday thru Friday, from 8am to 6pm (PST). When the reps are busy helping other customers, you will be forwarded to our message system, please leave your name and phone number and a sales rep will return your call promptly.
We stock most original materials and colors for immediate shipping. If your order is for a special color or material or if that particular item is temporarily out of stock, we will go ahead and have your order drop shipped factory direct within 5 to 7 business days.
All shipment outside the USA will be shipped via US Mail or UPS Worldwide Express within 5 business days.
Choose the shipping method you would like in the order page of our website. If your Country is not listed in our drop down menu, please e-mail us for shipping quote.
We don't accept or reject a credit card ourselves. That's done by automatic credit card processing software. The most common reason that a card is declined is when the address or zip code that you entered does not match your credit card's billing address. (There is a separate place on our checkout form to fill out if you'd like the item shipped to a different address). Or if the credit card's verification code (CVV) you entered does not match the numbers on the card.
If your card is repeatedly rejected, please try a different card or call us at 888-803-8505 and we can take your order over the phone.
II. Convertible Top Questions
It is recommended to have your top professionally replaced, however if you are mechanically inclined and decide to replace your convertible top yourself, please request the installation instruction with your order in our customer comment box on the order page. If the instruction for that specific car is available we will include it with the top (installation instructions supplied only with our Tops).
The installation instructions provided are not a step-by-step, but a copy from a convertible top manual that gives you a basic idea on how tops and windows are installed along with diagrams. Note: Please pay special attention when removing your old top or window that's where you will find what special & specific small steps you need to take to replace the new top more efficiently.
85% of the tops require a Heavy-Duty Staple gun and solvent base high heat resistant contact cement in addition to the basic tools such as screwdrivers and wrench set.
99% of the tops, windows & headliner does not require any sewing.
For a complete list of installers please click on the Installers Near You link.
There are 3 styles of convertible tops available that covers 99% of car covers.
- ONE PIECE TOP
Most European convertible cars such as BMW, Alfa Romeo & Fiat comes with a one-piece top from the factory. This means that the top & the window are attached to each other and can only be replaced as a whole.
- TWO PIECE TOP
Most American cars up to late 1990's, and some others, such as Toyota or SAAB came with a two-piece top. The top is a separate piece and the window is a separate piece. Each piece is installed separately on the top frame and once the installation is complete, the top and window looks like a one-piece top. If you have a two-piece top, you can replace the top only, the window only or both.
- TOP ONLY
Some European cars, such as VW & Jaguar, comes with a reusable window. The window is the raw glass that needs to be pulled out of the old top and reinstalled to the new top once the installation is complete.
Most Foreign cars come with a one-piece top with the window either sewn or heat-sealed to the top. Click on link below to see an example of a one-piece top with window.
Click Here To See Example of Top with Window.
Most domestic cars have a two-piece top assembly; in this case you can change only the top or just the rear window or both. If you purchase the "top only" you will not get any material or curtain to use on your rear window.
Click Here To See Example of Top Only.
Most domestic cars have a two-piece top assembly; in this case you can change only the top or just the rear window or both. If you purchase the "window only", you will get a complete window section curtain, you will NOT get any extra material or product to use on your top.
Click Here To See Example of Window Only.
Our manufacturers use 40gage plastic (required), and is the same thickness & quality equivalent to factory plastic window
Our manufacturers use the highest quality replacement glass, which meets the Federal Government's transportation codes and the OE quality codes.
Yes, all glass windows have the same light (approximately 10% tint as the original glass window.
Most of our tops are manufactured by EZ ON AUTO TOPS.
We also carry Robbins & Acme brand, those are specified next to the items.
The items without any brand name next to them are manufactured by EZ On Auto Tops.
We also work with specialty companies, for BMW, JAGUAR, MERCEDES & PORSCHE tops.
If your car has a two-piece top assembly and your window is not separating from the material (curtain) around it then you can use your existing window with a new top, in this case you won't even need to touch the window section at all. If you order the top only you will not receive any material relating to the window section. But if your window is separating from the material (curtain) around it then you also need to buy a new window.
Yes you can. If your car has a two-piece top assembly and if your top is in good shape but your window is broken, discolored or separated from the material (curtain) around it you can replace only the window section and use your existing top.
In this case, you unfortunately have one option, to replace the complete top & window. Some upholstery shops do offer to sew in new plastic windows but the cost of removing, sewing the new window, and installing the top again costs the same in labor as replacing your old top with a new one.
In this case, you unfortunately have one option, to replace the complete top & window. Unless you have the reusable factory style top, such as VW & Jaguar, where you can just purchase the glass window.
Pinpoint Vinyl is a material that was used originally on most 60's, 70's & 80's Vinyl convertible tops. Vinyl looks like grained plastic.
Construction: A two- ply composite made of a PVC outer layer and a dyed 100% cotton sateen lining fabric. Excellent Weatherability, Excellent U.V. Resistance & Excellent Durability.
Sailcloth Vinyl is a material that has a little different texture than Pinpoint Vinyl top. Sailcloth Vinyl looks like grained plastic.
Construction: A two-ply composite made of a PVC outer layer and a Grey blended polyester/cotton drill lining fabric. Superior Strength & Durability, Excellent U.V. Resistance & Superior Weatherability.
Original Equipment: Ford Mustang & Chrysler Sebring.
Stayfast is specially made Fabric (Canvas) material for convertible tops. Stayfast Canvas looks similar to tent material.
Stayfast is also very commonly used on replacement tops for European cars as a less expensive alternative to the Original German Canvas or Sonnendeck Canvas.
Construction: A three ply composite made of 100% acrylic square weave outer fabric, a butyl rubber inner layer and a 100% cotton drill lining fabric. Excellent Wrinkle Resistance, Superior U.V. Resistance, Superior Weatherability, Excellent Durability & Excellent Low Temp. Flexibility.
USA: Chevrolet, Camaro, Dodge Viper, Plymouth Prowler, Pontiac Firebird EUROPE: Alpha Romeo Spider, Lotus Elise, Rover MGF, Peugeot 306, RR Bentley Azure
JAPAN: Toyota Celica, Mazda Miata
Sonnendeck is basically like Stayfast canvas but it has textured backing. A basic description of the Sonnendeck in the Auto trim industry is American Stayfast with German backing (Black or Tan backing).
Construction: A three-ply composite made of 100% acrylic twill weave outer fabric, anelastomeric inner layer and a polyester/cotton dobby weave lining fabric homogeneously dyed. Superior U.V. Resistance, Superior Weatherability & Superior Durability.
Original Equipment: Aston Martin DB7, Audi Cabriolet, Jaguar XK8, BMW Z3 Roadster, BMW Z8 Roadster, 98 & up Chevrolet Corvette, BMW 3 Series Cabriolet (E36), Opel Astra & VW Golf III
Similar to Sonnendeck Canvas but comes with a Grey backing.
Construction: A three-ply composite made of 100% acrylic twill weave outer fabric, an elastomeric inner layer and a polyester/cotton sheeting lining fabric.
Superior U.V. Resistance, Superior Weatherability, Superior Durabiility Original Equipment: Chrysler Sebring JXI
No description is needed. It is the Original German Canvas.
Construction: A three-ply composite made of twill weave outer fabric, rubber inner layer and a dobby weave lining fabric. Original Equipment: VW New Beetle Convertible, Mercedes, Porsche, Saab 9-3 & Volvo C-70
Yes, in fact it's a very common practice in our industry. You can replace one material with the material of your preference without sacrificing the quality or the look.
No, both materials will wear out at about the same rate.
There is no specific answer, the top should last minimum of five years.
Some of these factors might shorten or extend the life of your top: 1)- Climate 2)- Usage 3)- Exposure to sun/rain & snow 4)- Indoor or outdoor parking 5)- How it's cared for.
A headliner is a cover that hides the convertible top frame from the inside of the car. You can only replace a headliner if your car has already a factory headliner.
Click Here To See Example of a Headliner.
A Boot cover (also called a top cover or parade cover) is used when the top is folded down. It installs over the top opening and makes the car look neat.
Click Here To See Example of a Boot Cover.
A Tonneau cover is used when the top is folded down. It covers over the seating area.
Click Here To See Example of a Tonneau Cover.
Side tension cables hold the top down tight on the side edges (over the side windows) of the car. Top cables are not exposed and are hidden inside a pocket, if one of your cables is broken you will see part of the cable hanging. If the top is not going up and down smoothly and is binding, or if one side is getting ahead of the other, that's a sign that one of the cables must have been stretched or broken. You can always reuse your existing cables if they are in good shape or are not broken.
Click Here To See Example of Side Tension Cables.
Only few cars have rear cables (exp. VW up to 94 models & Capri ) The rear cable is to hold the top down on the rear of the car. You can always reuse your existing cable(s) if they are in good shape or are not broken.
Click Here To See Example of Rear Cables.
Only few cars have rear Quarter or rear Flap cables (exp. Mustang 94 to 98 models, Cavalier & Sunbird 84 to 98 models ) The rear Quarter or rear Flap cables is to hold the top down to the top frame on the Quarter of the car (right above the side rear windows). You can always reuse your existing cable(s) if they are in good shape or are not broken.
Click Here To See Example of Rear Quarter or Rear Flap Cables.
Top pads are used to protect the top from rubbing against the metal frame when the top is raised or lowered. You need to replace them if they are worn out or torn.
Click Here To See Example of Pads.
No. We only replacement soft tops.
No. You can get the hardware from the dealer or a wrecking yard.
All shipment outside the USA will be shipped via US Mail or UPS Worldwide Express within 5 business days.
Choose the shipping method you would like in the order page of our website.
We stock most original materials and colors for immediate shipping. If your order is for a non original color or material or if that particular item is temporarily out of stock, we will go ahead and have your top drop shipped direct from the factory, which will take about 5 to 7 business days to ship.
For detailed warranty information, please click on the Warranty link.
For detailed return policy information, please click on the Return Policy link.
III. Bow Height Measurements
|50 - 52 Buick Roadmaster 76C, Super 56C||19-1/2"|
|51 - 52 Buick Special 46C||19-1/2"|
|1953 Buick Roadmaster,Skylark 76C, Super 56C||19"|
|1953 Buick Special 46C||19"|
|54 - 56 Buick Century 66C, Special 46C, Skylark 100||19-1/2"|
|54 - 56 Buick Roadmaster 76C, Super 56C||19-1/2"|
|57 - 58 Buick Roadmaster 76C, Super 56C||21-1/2"|
|57 - 58 Buick Special 46C, Century 66C||19-1/2"|
|59 - 60 Buick Electra, Invicta, Lesabre||23"|
|61 - 64 Buick Electra, Invicta, Lesabre, Wildcat||25"|
|62 - 63 Buick Grand Sport, Skylark, Special||22"|
|64 - 65 Buick Grand Sport, Skylark, Special||20-1/2"|
|65 - 70 Buick Electra||27-1/2"|
|65 - 70 Buick Lesabre, Wildcat||27-1/2"|
|66 - 67 Buick Grand Sport, Skylark, Special||22"|
|68 - 72 Buick Grand Sport, Skylark, Special||20-1/2"|
|71 - 76 Buick Centurion, Lesabre||26"|
|82 - 86 Buick Riviera (ASC Conversion)||16-1/2"|
|50 - 52 Cadillac Coupe-Series 62||19-1/2"|
|1953 Cadillac Coupe-Series 62||19"|
|54 - 56 Cadillac Coupe & Eldorado- Series 62||19-1/2"|
|57 - 58 Cadiilac Coupe & Eldorado- Series 62||21-1/2"|
|59 - 60 Cadillac Coupe & Eldorado- Series 62||23"|
|61 - 64 Cadillac Coupe & Eldorado- Series 62||25"|
|65 - 70 Cadillac Coupe De Ville, Eldorado||27-1/2"|
|71 - 76 Cadillac Eldorado||26"|
|83 - 85 Cadillac Eldorado (ASC Conversion)||16-1/2"|
|50 - 52 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe||20-1/2"|
|53 - 54 Chevrolet Belair, Deluxe||20-1/2"|
|53 - 55 Chevy Corvette||15-1/2"|
|55 - 57 Chevrolet Belair||21"|
|56 - 60 Chevy Corvette||15-1/2""|
|1958 Chevrolet Impala||22"|
|59 - 60 Chevrolet Impala||23"|
|61 - 62 Chevy Corvette||15-1/2"|
|61 - 64 Chevrolet Impala||25"|
|62 - 64 Chevrolet Corvair, Monza||22-1/2"|
|62 - 65 Chevrolet Chevy II, Nova||22"|
|63 - 67 Chevy Corvette||18-3/4"|
|64 - 65 Chevrolet Chevelle, Malibu||20-1/2"|
|65 - 70 Chevrolet Impala||27-1/2"|
|65 - 68 Corvair, Corsa, Monza||21"|
|66 - 67 Chevrolet Chevelle, Malibu||22"|
|67 - 69 Chevrolet Camaro||22-1/4"|
|68 - 72 Chevrolet Chevelle, Malibu, SS||20-1/2"|
|68 - 75 Chevy Corvette||14-1/2"|
|71 - 76 Chevrolet Caprice, Impala||26"|
|83 - 85 Cavalier||21-1/2"|
|86 - 87 Cavalier||21-1/2"|
|86 - 93 Chevy Corvette||17"|
|88 - 92 Cavalier||27-1/4"|
|92 - 93 Cavalier||27-1/2"|
|93 - 95 Cavalier||27-1/2"|
|94 - 96 Chevy Corvette||17"|
|95 - 98 Cavalier||27-3/4"|
|98 - 2000 Cavalier||27-3/4"|
|46 - 48 New Yorker, Town & Country||22"|