Ford Thunderbird Hard Top Protection Trim "PREMIUM"

Ford Thunderbird Hard Top Protection Trim "PREMIUM"

Premium Hard Top Protection Trim is the wider version hard top trim.

  • High quality Stainless Steel
  • Will not rust or corrode.
  • Perfect smooth mirror finish
  • Will look great for a lifetime!
  • Exact fit for the Tbird
  • Cut with CNC Water Jet Precision
  • Easy to install.
  • Money back guarantee!
Installation Info.
Frequently Asked Questions

Our Price: $167.99
Market Price: $281.34

 

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T-Bird Premium HardTop Protection Trim Photos, Testimonials and Additional Info

Premium HardTop Protection Trim:
The Premium HardTop Protection Trim lays an even 3/4" width of protection on the Tbird rear deck. This trim was designed to match up perfectly with "Premium Top Door Trim". This package is called the "Cockpit Trim Package"(See pictures below). You can purchase the Premium HardTop Protection Trim by itself or with the package(Save over $100 by buying them together in this package!)

orville dash's tbird with the cockpit trim package

side of top door trim by orville dash
Premium HardTop Protection Trim with Premium Top Door Trim(Cockpit Trim Package).

top door trim for thunderbird
new top door trim for thunderbird

STANDARD and PREMIUM HardTop Protection Trim Differences
The significant difference with this Premium Hardtop Protection Trim is that is lays an even 3/4" width, universal around your soft top as opposed to the width on the "Standard Hardtop Protection Trim". Also, it does look a little more substantial than the other "Standard Hardtop Protection Trim", thus giving it a more luxurious look.

We originally re-designed the "Standard Hardtop Protection Trim" only because we wanted it to match up better with the "Top Door Trim" and to cover up an existing scratch one of our customers had on his Tbird. But, after we saw it on our Tbird, we did notice that the universal 3/4" width does give it even more of a premium look and it flows very nice with the new "Premium Top Door Trim". Another great feature is that it covers more area of your reardeck, thus protecting it even more from the normal wear and tear your hardtop will cause over time. Although, we have not seen that ourselves with our Tbird, some other Tbirder's, who found out about the Hardtop Protection Trim after their paint was damaged, stated that the "Standard Hardtop Protection Trim" did not cover their existing scratches completely. That is what happened to Orville Dash in the picture below. This is why we decided that it was time to do another version of the "Standard Hardtop Protection Trim" and make it wider so that it would cover up his existing, scratch marks from his hardtop, as well as, flow better into the Top Door Trim. I'm so glad that I did not disregard his email to me when he told me that our "Standard Hardtop Protection Trim" did not cover his existing, rear deck scratches, completely. We listen to our friends/customers, and, we worked together with Orville with his scenario, to create this new fun and luxurious product. Not only does it compliment the Top Door Trim a lot better now, it solves another problem; it covers up existing scratches better. I just love it when these kind of things "just happen". Yes, we love what we do.... and, I guarantee you will love this product. This is the part where I say "or your money-back". Well, Yes, that too! This product is a winner.
Happy Tbirding,
Thunderbird Concepts CEO Aaron Scott
Aaron Scott

Ford Thunderbird Rear Deck HardTop Protection Trim Description

The Ford Thunderbird rear deck hardtop protection trim is as beneficial as it is stylish. This stainless steel strip protects the deck from a manufacturer defect that causes the hard top to scratch the paint as well as rattle. This item is sold as 3 pieces and will add elegance to your Ford Thunderbird as well as protect your investment. This replaces the need for Ford's OEM mylar tape they suggest to eliminate the Hardtop from scratching your Tbird.

Why The Ford Thunderbird HardTop Protection Trim?

This Ford Thunderbird Hardtop trim is the hottest of the hot items here. The reason it's so hot is because it protects your Thunderbirds rear decks paint from the rubbing of the Hardtop. This was a flaw in the Tbirds design, unfortunately. This Thunderbird Hardtop Trim eliminates the noise rattle of the hardtop and the scratches all while giving it a premium look. Big thumbs up to the Thunderbird Hardtop Protection Trim!

Why Thunderbird Concepts HardTop Protection Trim Is The Best On The Market?

First and foremost, we guarantee that if you have any problems with this Rear Deck Protection trim, that we will send you a replacement piece... and Second, These are manufactured with CNC Water Jet cutting precision. This ensures that their are NO burn marks in your Stainless Steel Trim. Everyone else uses CNC Laser cutting with Stainless Steel and that leaves burn holes where the cutting starts. Although, the tiny 1/16" burn holes are not that noticeable, you will be better off with the Thunderbird Concepts CNC Water Jetted Stainless Steel that has NO burn holes in the finished product. We also make sure that we used the best adhesive on the market that Ford uses in their automotive applications; 3M Brand. Our Hardtop Rear Deck Protection Trim is the best on the market, hands down!

Installation

Full 3M Acrylic Foam Backing for permanent adhesion.
3M will hold for a lifetime without causing any damage to the surface of the car.
Installation instructions are enclosed with the package.
No special tools needed.
Clean and prep the surface. Peel off the self-adhesive backing and apply to the surface.
Installation takes no more then several minutes.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is it hard to install?
Answer: It is very easy to install and all the trims come with step-by-step installation instructions. You can very easily install the trim on a Saturday afternoon!

Question: How does it attach?
Answer: The trim attaches very easily with a 3M adhesive backing.....just peel and stick....that's it. The 3M adhesive will last the life of your vehicle.

Question: What is your guarantee?
Answer: If you receive the trim and feel you don't like the way it looks or do not want to install it for any reason, you have 365 days from when you received the trim to send it back to us for a refund unused.

 

Don't Let This Happen To You

Harvey had his Tbird for years without the "Hardtop Protection Trim". He has damage caused to his Tbird that is very expensive to fix. See this photo below:

tbird hardtop trim damage
tbird by harvey

 

Testimonials

Hi Aaron,
Just removed the standard top door trim and replaced with your NEW premium top door trim that goes to the front of the door. I also have the wider premium hardtop trim and this looks just plain awesome!!! I had placed the old top door trim entirely on the paint but when I installed the NEW I put it about half way up on the rubber and this aligns perfectly with the hard top trim pieces. The length and the mirror cutout match this way and it must be the way that you planned it. You have to see it to believe it. I believe that you can really sell this even to people who have the narrow trim. It just reaches out and grabs you as one continuous piece of chrome all the way around the passenger compartment and up and over the windshield. Thanks for working with me on this one!!!

Orville Dash (9-3-10)

reardeck trim for tbird
rear deck protection trim thunderbird

Hi Aaron,
I received the premium hardtop protection trim---My only complaint is I'm sorry I waited so long to put up with the rattling. I was just about to forget it and start looking for a new car, as much as I loved my 2003 Thunderbird the noise was just getting to be to much !!! tks again.
1-21-2011 Marsha, Hot Springs AR

Aaron,
I have some information which should be of value to you. When I was fooling around with the OEM mylar protection tape that Ford provided me with to solve the problem with the hardtop scratching the rear deck, I innitially failed to see some surface abrasion on our Tbird's reardeck. The OEM tape kit had not been opened. I guess that the dealership would not have taken that step on their own initiative. The top was probably on during the time the dealer had it on display or for test drives. Who knows. All I know is that the hardtop definitely scratched the reardeck.
What I see, is when, I look closely, it is a direct contact abrasion track that flows in a continous line, that is a little less that 1/8 inch wide, and nominally about 5/16 inches from the edge, in the after corners, which I mention below have increased allowance from the OEM, the abrasion is somewhat wider and further from the edge but no more than 5/8 of an inch.
Conclusion, your wider stainless steel surround, at 3/4 inches width, will cover all contact area. What I am only left to say is this, and what I guess everyone knows already: Any active use of the hardtop, without protection, will cause surface abrasion, no ifs-ands-or buts.
Best Regards,

Jim Wieldt (12-13-10)

thunderbird hardtop protection trim
Pictured here is one of our valued customers, Gordon Gentile and his Mountain Shadow Grey Thunderbird

tbird rear deck protection trim

Aaron,
I want to thank you for the quick delivery of the Hardtop Rear Deck Protection trim. It went on as easy as stated. I was done in about 20 minutes and it looks GREAT! Covers almost all of the damage paint from the top. Now I can put the top on for winter storage without worry of additional paint damage. With Christmas coming I am going to start my list for Mrs. Santa and her two elves!
Looking forward to the next goodie too order. Gee this is fun! Attached are some pix of the new trim!

Donn (Oley) Olson (11-5-09)

Don Olson's Thunderbird with Rear Deck Protection Trim

Dear Aaron,
My wife and I both drive 2002 Thunderbirds. She never removes the roof on hers and I take my roof every time I get a chance. We love the cars and the only complaint we had was the rattle in the top similar to the 1950 convertibles with the soft top up. In November while surfing the net I found your website and ordered her the Hard Top Trim. I received the trim in a short time and installed it on her car. The trim eliminated around 80% of the rattles and squeaks. We were not interested in the beauty of the trim just how well it worked, because once we installed it, the top was on for good. I was so happy with the trims results that I ordered another set for my car. I got the same results, around 80% of the noise eliminated. After installation on my car I noticed that the trim did not adhere in one place. It could have been a defect, or myself the novice installer at work. I contacted you about another piece of tape to correct my minor problem. Instead you sent me another complete kit free of charge with no questions asked. Yesterday we changed out the trim. I was surprised that it took a lot of force to get it off, and of course the old trim is not flat due to the pressure that we had to use to remove it. In closing let me say how happy we are with the Protection Trim and more so the way you operate your business and treat your customers. Pictures to follow. Thanks Again,

Bunny Pearl (Jan 17th 2006)

thunderbird reardeck protection trim
Mr. Pearl

" I purchased a 2004 T-Bird last year (2006) and absolutely love it. However, I was hesitant to take the hard top off as I did not have any tape to protect the body of the car when the hard top needed to be put back on. I ordered the Protection Trim, which was about the same price as the ugly tape from the Ford dealership. I am so glad I did. The trim was easy to put on and it fit the car perfectly all the way around. My husband helped me put the trim on the car but that was because I was leery of doing it by myself -- silly me. The trim looks great on the car whether the top is up or down. I am so glad I bought the trim. Even when we took the hard top off this spring, the trim looked as shiny and as elegant as when we first put it on. I would recommend this product to anyone. Thanks so much,"
Gail DeLong (6-26-07)

"We bought the hardtop chrome trim last year and love it. It looks great. We were pleased with how quiet the top was sitting on the trip during the winter. When I took the top off today, I can see how the trip kept the paint protected from the top too. Great item!"
Ken Ferguson in VA (3-3-08)

Aaron,
Hello from Ken Scribner...I ordered (4) sets of the Hard Top Trim for the Tulsa Classic T-Bird club members prior to us taking 14 T-Birds to Eureka Springs, Arkansas for the 38th Annual Vintage/Classic car show. As you had requested, I have sent pictures of (3) retro T-Birds that where able to attend and the fourth had a more important engagement that weekend and could not travel with us so I do not yet have a picture of the 50th Anniversary T-Bird in the Cashmere White color that looks so classy with the hard top trim and the owners are so pleased with the look. I will get a picture of this car to you soon.
The owner of the green T-Bird pictured (Pacific Coast Roadster Edition) chose to put his hard top back on before our trip, so you cannot see the trim underneath the top but reported that the installed trim completely eliminated the ongoing rattle behind the drivers seat that was once there but now silent with the hard top trim in place. I feel you have a "home run" product with the Hard Top trim with perfect fit, function and appearance.
Once again, the Tulsa T-Bird Club members wish to express their gratitude to you and the staff of Thunderbird Concepts for getting the back order of this product and shipping to us in time for us to install the trim prior to our departure for the car show. All of us "retro" T-Bird owners look forward to future business with you.
In closing, the Classic T-Bird Owners asked me to inquire if there is anything similar offered for the 1956-1957 T-Birds so the clear mylar tape application can be eliminated with something as equally elegant as the Hard Top Trim for the retro T-Birds.
Best Regards,

Ken (The Merlot T-Bird is mine) (9-9-08)

kens Tbird
Pictured here is Ken Scribner's Merlot Tbird with the Rear Deck Hardtop Protection Trim.

I received and Installed the hardtop protection kit it sure made a difference in the noise level in the car. Was showing it to the local car dealer owner and he really liked it he asked where I got it and I gave him your web site and he went to his office and ordered a Kit for his Dad. Let me know if the Tbird fender skirts ever go on sale… Thanks
Rick (11-21-08)

Hi Aaron,
I have put the hard top on for the first time ever. The hard top protection trim must have worked because I had no trouble and not a scratch. Thanks so much!

Morgan (July 21, 2009)

Just got my stainless hard top trim and it has totally taken away the rattles in my hard top…great product!! …thanks for the top notch customer service. Thanks. Regards,
Steven "J" 10-27-09

I installed the Hardtop Protection Trim several months ago, and we finally put on the top last weekend. I bought the 2003 in late August and only had the HT on for the ride home from the dealer so I don't remember if it had any squeaks, etc. or not. When we took the top off, I noticed the scuffs so the reason I bought your strips.
Anyway, we put the top on last weekend and it is amazingly quite - not squeaks or any noises other than the tires on the road. You have a great product.
Bottom line - well worth the price, and it is a good product.

Bob Cunningham 10-27-09

"I just wanted to say that we recently purchased your hard top trim kit. It did just what you said it would do, stop the squeaking and rattling. Even tho I loved my 2003 T-Bird, the squeaking and rattling was irritating to say the least. I finally talked my husband into trying the trim kit and was pleasantly surprised at how quiet my car became. It was very easy to install. Thank you for coming up with such a great product. I plan on ordering several more of your T-Bird accessories."
Ellie 3-25-10

Your "hardtop protection trim" is everything you said it is: all creaks and rattles disappeared as if by magic after I installed your trim and put the hardtop back on., and the floor mats are very classy; I can't wait for the rear mat (on back-order). Even the calendar and CD very impressive.
I am sure I will be ordering more products from you in the future.

David English (6-22-10)

Hi Aaron, Happy to know that I'll soon get the jacket. By the way, just today I put the hardtop back on my 03 Red-Bird and it is sitting on the new wider chrome strips all around. Just test drove to see how the noise was and am pleased to tell you that there is NONE! I bought this car late last winter with hardtop on and there was considerable sqeak, scrape, twist, etc. noises. Now the ride is as quiet as my2009 Buick Leserne. The lower noise level is just AMAZING!!
Orville Dash Nov. 1 2010

You are always appreciated and so are your products.
David Laufenberg 11-1-10

Your Hardtop Protection Trim completely stopped the hard top rattle. I was amazed and extremely satisfied. I had the dealer attempt to stop the rattle with negative results
Ken Ferrel 11-16-10

Hi Aaron, I received the premium hardtop protection trim---My only complaint is I'm sorry I waited so long to put up with the rattling. I was just about to forget it and start looking for a new car, as much as I loved my 2003 Thunderbird the noise was just getting to be to much !!!
tks again

1-21-2011 Marsha, Hot Springs AR

Aaron. I have some information which should be of value to you. When I was fooling around with the OEM mylar protection tape that Ford provided me with to solve the problem with the hardtop scratching the rear deck, I innitially failed to see some surface abrasion on our Tbird's reardeck. The OEM tape kit had not been opened. I guess that the dealership would not have taken that step on their own initiative. The top was probably on during the time the dealer had it on display or for test drives. Who knows. All I know is that the hardtop definitely scratched the reardeck.
What I see, is when, I look closely, it is a direct contact abrasion track that flows in a continous line, that is a little less that 1/8 inch wide, and nominally about 5/16 inches from the edge, in the after corners, which I mention below have increased allowance from the OEM, the abrasion is somewhat wider and further from the edge but no more than 5/8 of an inch.
Conclusion, your wider stainless steel surround, at 3/4 inches width, will cover all contact area. What I am only left to say is this, and what I guess everyone knows already: Any active use of the hardtop, without protection, will cause surface abrasion, no ifs-ands-or buts.
Best Regards,

Jim Wieldt (12-13-10)

Aaron: Just follow up on the trim. We installed the hardtop protection trim it yesterday and it worked out perfectly. All the sqeaken and swaken from the hard top is now gone.
Joe 2-15-11

Hi Aaron,
I just wanted to let you know that i had my hardtop protection trim installed yesterday, and it has made a world of difference! I don't mean to sound so surprised, but you know how it is -- often things don't quite live up to the promises. If it had even cut the creaking noise in half, I've have considered that a relative success, but this has totally delivered. It's virtually eliminated that annoying sound, and makes driving the car the pleasure it ought to be. Thank you!!
Diane
p.s. The people at the Ford dealership in Santa Monica, CA are the ones who installed it for me, but had never seen your product before. I think they're sold on it now. ; ) 11-6-11

 

 

 

 
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