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Re: [Mgs] 1954 MG TF Robbins Top Installation

To: Donald Joseph Toy <>
Subject: Re: [Mgs] 1954 MG TF Robbins Top Installation
From: "W. David Houser via Mgs" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:10:31 -0400
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I have had my TD for 50 years now and when I restored it in 1967, I put snaps 
around the back edge. This has provided me with a quick way of getting to my 
luggage behind the seats. I have also devised a cabriolet top by folding up the 
rear of the top and snapping the edge onto snaps I installed on the top frame. 
This works beautifully and allows me to keep the sun off my head while enjoying 
a free flow of air sides and rear.
Dave Houser
Brooksville, FL
> On Jul 13, 2015, at 5:18 PM, Donald Joseph Toy via Mgs <> 
> wrote:
> Listers,
> I could use a little advice. I am in the process of installing a new Robbins 
> top on my 1954 TF. I recovered the header rail and it went smoothly. I added 
> a modern weatherstrip under the vinyl for additional weather protection (the 
> MG hasnâ??t seen rain in 40 years). The problem I am having is since Robbins 
> tops come with no instructions and not much in the way of installation bits I 
> was wondering how everyone else makes the attachment around the back wooden 
> strips. The last top was simply stapled onto the wooden strips. I have 
> attached it once and it seems I have more material on one side and itâ??s 
> really going to be a stretch to get enough to make it far enough to get under 
> the finishing strip.I did read that some people were going to Home Depot and 
> picking up a snap kit and installing snaps along the wood. With a new top I 
> was hoping for a much better fit any it looks like Iâ??m going to get. I have 
> made sure that I marker the middle of the top and the car at both locations 
> front and back. Any tips would be deeply appreciated. Thanks in advance.
> Donald Joseph Toy
> â??all great men are deadâ?¦and Iâ??m not feeling well"
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