In a message dated 6/15/02 3:10:34 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< I have a '63 midget which is right hand drive, and have
been having a bear of a time finding a toneau cover for it
over here in California >>
Can relate to your problem. First, Robbins, who builds tops and tonneaus for
Moss, VB, and several others, is in the LA area. Their tops and tonneaus are
great looking, with good workmanship.
Unfortunately, they put too much emphasis on snug fit, and the reality is
that unless you are superman, you can't pretend to put the top on unless you
let it sit in the sun for a while--kind of useless when you are caught in the
The second problem is that if you order a custom top, the likelihood is that
Robbins will make it and send it to the shop for custom fit--which means
that you still have a very small top that fits tight.
We actually ended up having a custom made top and tonneau made up by a local
shop, and insisted that it fit with plenty of room to spare, since we didn't
want to have to tug it on in the midst of a rainstorm some day--which is
about the only way the soft top on our car gets up anyway. The tonneau,
however, is in daily use and has to be reasonably easy to put on.
If you have the time and energy to work with Robbins, I think they would have
gotten us a custom top that worked eventually. They certainly were agreeable
to work with, but we really needed to be about 100 miles closer to them than
we were, plus we were time limited because of a long planned trip with Sprite
in tow. There is no doubt that their sewing work looks better than any
custom shop I know of. Also, if you can get them on at all, the tops and
tonneaus look fabulous.
Annice & Bob
1960 Bugeye (Mk. IV in disguise)
1966 Sprite Mk. III (Still in Boxes)
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