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    A while back there was some concern about the fitment of convertible tops from some of our regular suppliers. It caused me some worry as my wife had purchased a new Robbins top for my TR250 via Moss Motors for me for Christmas several years earlier (she know the existing top was functional, but felt I should have the reflective stripe on it like the ones she had seen at TRials). When I saw the size concerns, I went out and unboxed the top and measured it versus the one I already had on the car. I called Moss to see if they could offer any help. Moss suggested that I ship the top to them and they would see what they could do (if anything, since so much time had passed). A couple weeks later I received a new replacement top from Moss Motors together with a check covering the cost of my shipping the top to them! They then called me twice to make sure I was happy and see if I had installed it yet. Then they had Dan Robbins call me and make sure I was happy. I was blown away with the level of customer service!
    Dan assured me that the new top would fit well and was willing to guarantee it if I used one of his local recommended installers.

    My 21 year old top on my TR6 was in fine shape, but the reflective stripes were well worn and letting the rest of it down. I researched the material used for the stripes and found some on eBay in the proper widths to replace the worn stripes. I found a local auto upholstery shop that could remove the old stripes, resew the new stripes, and rebind the edges on the top.

    I have installed several tops on my Triumphs successfully over the years by myself. Dan Robbins kind of scared me about trying it with my TR250. I decided I'd practice by removing my TR6 top and having the sewing work done, then replacing the top and webbing on the TR6 to see if I still remembered how to do it. It came out pretty well.

    Armed with new courage, I removed the functioning top from my TR250 this week and replaced it with the new striped top from Robbins Tops and Moss Motors. They have made me very happy!
    1961 TR4 1966 TR4A
    1968 TR250 1975 TR6

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    That looks very nice, Skip. Good job.
    It is really good to read a positive story, such as yours.
    If you are courteous, sound intelligent, are polite & patient- people will respond in kind.
    Walt
    CC80954 '72 TR6 original condition.
    poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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    • #3
      I was a participant in an earlier top discussion where we were discussing the poor fit of replacement tops. I had made it 39 years with the original top, and the replacement just wasn't as good. In my case, the biggest complaint still hasn't been resolved. The trailing edge of the door glass barely touches the vertical "pillow", and I get rain inside at that point. I do have another revision from Robbins which they claim will solve the issue, I just have to get around to getting it on. How does your new top fit in tht area?

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      • #4
        Thanks Walt!
        Elwood - I remembered the earlier discussion about the fit at the back of the door window. I think you can see in the photo that the back of the pillow on the new one lines up with the back edge of the door - so no gap!
        1961 TR4 1966 TR4A
        1968 TR250 1975 TR6

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Skip250 View Post
          Thanks Walt!
          Elwood - I remembered the earlier discussion about the fit at the back of the door window. I think you can see in the photo that the back of the pillow on the new one lines up with the back edge of the door - so no gap!
          Excellent. Sounds like my communication with Doug Robbins was productive. Now I just have to get that replacement top on the car. Thank you.

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          • #6
            And here all this time I thought it was just me. I put the new top on my TR-4A and never liked the fit. I am about to put one on my TR-250 any advice?

            Thanks.

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            • #7
              Buckeye Triumphs has a good article on replacing the top. Dr. Doolin in Port Coulbourne, Ontario has a video available through Moss (I think). The best advice I can give is to make sure your bows are square, line up the bows with the seams in the top before riveting the webbing in place, have lots of extra snap posts for the #$%^&* pieces that go through the plate and the top material in the back to allow attachment of the tonneau cover and top boot cover - those pieces are evil to put together successfully (I cleaned out my local Home Depot).
              1961 TR4 1966 TR4A
              1968 TR250 1975 TR6

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