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Convertible top motor needed for a 1961 Lark

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  • Convertible top motor needed for a 1961 Lark

    Hello readers. The subject line says it all: my convertible's top motor is so tired out that it won't raise the top properly without a couple of other people helping it. A local reputable convertible top shop confirms that it's the motor that's the issue; the cylinders are fine.

    My question, then, is: does any forum reader have one of these motors they'd be willing to part with ? Yes, I'd much prefer a new unused motor, or at least a lead or a recommendation as to where to get one. If a trustworthy rebuilt one can be had, that's also an option.

    Thanks to all, and here's to looking forward to being able to drop the Lark's top soon....without worrying that I can't put it back up !
    Mike Auldridge
    Gaithersburg, MD
    SDC Life Member since 1976
    1948 M16
    1961 Lark VIII convertible (with minor mods)

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    Convertible Top Specialists at

    They do not list the pump on their website, but do on eBay:

    They also have the Pistons.


    • #3
      I needed one for my 60 Lark a few years ago & found that the top pumps found in Mustangs & Chrysler Sebrings were exactly the same, even the plug for the wiring was identical. Body shop I worked at in the mid 90's had a Saab convertible that, when the used parts came for it, had the exact same top pump, so they are very common.
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