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Soft Tops
on your convertible 2002 2003 2004 or 2005 Ford Thunderbird

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All 2002 2003 2004 and 2005 Ford T-birds came with a soft top.
 

Standard and only color for all 2002 and 2003 Ford Thunderbird soft tops is Black, even on the special Editions.

In 2004, Ford added 3 new colors of soft tops depending on color of car.

  • "Sand" (light oak) was available on all the stock colors: Black, red, silver, ice blue, vintage mint green,  and merlot.  The Sand softtop only came if the Sand interior package option was ordered and was the only color available if that package was ordered.
  • "Merlot" was available on the black and Merlot cars during the 2nd half of the production year.
  • "Light Ash" was the only color available on the special edition Pacific Coast Roadster.
  • "Black" was still the standard color softtop for the stock colors.
For 2005,
  • The "Sand" was continued (light oak)
  • Black is still the standard color softtop for the stock colors
  • Ford added the Steel Blue softtop, paired with the steel blue partial interior for the Steel blue  and Platinum Silver body colors.
  • The 2005 special edtion, came with a "Medium  Light Stone" soft top only.
All OEM Ford Retrobird softtops are lined.   For the most part, the linings of the softtops are black with this exception:
    The Cashmere 05 has a Medium Light Stone Lining.
Information on the Boot Covers is found at the bottom of the Interior page


    All OEM Softtops are cloth: the black is a Haartz "Landmark" fabric, the colors are "Twillfast" by Haartz.
    The Following information is from Haartz website:
    Landmark: A three ply composite made of an acrylic square weave outer fabric, an elastomeric inner layer and a polyester/cotton lining fabric.
    Twillfast JX: A three ply composite made of acrylic twill weave outer fabric, an elastomeric inner layer and a polyester/cotton lining fabric.

 
2002 2003 2004 2005
Landmark 1782 Black/Charcoal  Landmark 1782 Black/Charcoal  Landmark 1782 Black/Charcoal 
Twillfast JU 2090 Light Oak 
Twillfast JU 2595 Light Ash 
Twillfast JU 2597 Merlot 
Landmark 1782 Black/Charcoal 
Twillfast JU 2090 Light Oak 
Twillfast JU 2599 Medium Steel Blue 
Twillfast JU 2912 Medium Light Stone 
Cleaning your soft top:  info below available on Haartz's website: 
Cloth Top Cleaning
CAMBRIA®, STAYFAST®, TWILLFAST®, SONNENLAND® 
Solution Dyed Acrylic Topping Fabric

Although the fabric does not promote mildew growth by itself, mildew may develop on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed. This is especially true in warm, humid, dark environments. A program of keeping the fabric clean through regular washings, BEFORE it gets dirty, will enhance the life and beauty of the acrylic and make successive cleaning easier.

Most automatic car washes will not harm cloth top fabrics. Washes with water jets and hanging cloths provide a more gentle cleaning action. Those using heavy barrel brushes could damage the top material. Haartz recommends hand washing. 

The Haartz Corporation recommends using RAGGTOPP™ Cleaner and RAGGTOPP™ Protectant (available from Wolfsteins Pro-Series at tel: 800-377-4700, fax: 770-395-1353, e-mail: info@wolfsteins.com).

Hand washing in shade or partial shade, not direct sunlight, is best. DO NOT USE DETERGENT. Bird and tree droppings, as well as other loose particle soils, should be removed immediately. Vacuum with a brush attachment and rinse thoroughly with water to remove loose particle soils. This will also prevent the soils from being redeposited during the cleaning process. Once the fabric has been rinsed thoroughly, spray RAGGTOPP™ Cleaner evenly over the entire surface while still wet. Allow the cleaner to soak for 10 to 20 minutes and then scrub lightly with a soft nylon brush or terry cloth rag. Rinse thoroughly, preferably until no remaining soap foam is observed. Additional cleanings may be required. It is best to determine the need for additional cleanings after the fabric has dried completely.

Washing with soap (ie. Ivory or Lux) and warm water is a safe alternative to RAGGTOPP™ Cleaner, but not as effective.

For more stubborn cases, mix a solution of no more than 1/2 cup (4oz.) bleach and 1/4 cup (2oz.) RAGGTOPP™ Cleaner per gallon of water, soak for approximately 20 minutes and scrub lightly as indicated above. (Excessive soaking with the bleach solution can deteriorate seam threads.) Rinse thoroughly to prevent streaking on painted and chrome surfaces. Several cleanings may be necessary.

Once dry, cleaning must be followed by re-water repelling with RAGGTOPP™ Protectant. (This product does not contain CFC's and therefore, is not harmful to the environment.) Failure to apply will result in rapid resoiling of the unprotected fabric.


 
Problems?

1- My top has been sticking up higher on one side while in the well ... looks kinda "gross". Well I did some checking... there is a little cable on each side that pulls the top down flush when retracted. Cable hooks to a screw in two places on the top frame. if you drop the top down about 50% of the way you will see them. One of mine was out of the screw ( the wire loop ) .. I put it back on and the problem was solved... 
Jim


 

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