ROBBINS CONVERTIBLE TOPS, TONNEAU COVERS, GLASS and
PLASTIC WINDOWS, TOP BOOTS, HEADLINERS and other products for
EUROPEAN, JAPANESE and AMERICAN Convertibles.
GENERATIONS of the Robbins family
have owned and operated Robbins Auto Top
Company since its founding in 1943. We began as an automotive
trim and upholstery shop
and developed into a full scale manufacturer of convertible tops,
tonneau covers, glass
and plastic rear windows and other products for convertibles.
We continue to operate
our trim shop today as our research and field testing center,
where we install every product we
make to check its fit and appearance before we begin manufacturing
and shipping to our customers.
In March of 1989 we moved to new and larger facilities to help
us better serve our customers.
We look forward to providing our customers with the highest quality
products available for many years to come.
CONVERTIBLE TOPS feature distinctive
styling, fine custom workmanship, and
attention to detail. All Robbins convertible tops, tonneau covers,
glass and plastic rear
windows, etc., are cut from precise, carefully tested patterns.
Original factory designs are
followed and improved upon when necessary, by adding extra reinforcements
as part of our commitment to quality in manufacturing our convertible
tops. We continuously
test our products for fit and appearance by installing them daily
in our own shop.
We use only the highest
quality domestic and imported toppings to manufacture our products,
and we provide factory style extrusions and components with our
tops. All seams are stitched
with Dacron thread and Dielectrically Heatsealed for superior
strength. Our Dacron thread
offers the highest resistance to fading of any thread available.
GLASS WINDOWS are made with the
glass Heatsealed into vinyl and cloth toppings,
in the manner Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mitsubishi and other
manufacturer's original glass windows are manufactured. Robbins
uses only first quality,
full width toppings to make our glass window assemblies, never
seconds or small pieces
sewn together. We add extra reinforcements for strength, and carefully
finish our glass
windows to provide quality, appearance and long service life.
We offer Clear, Tinted,
or Tinted with Heater Defroster Glass Windows as convertibles
were originally equipped.
While we cannot offer any warranty against breakage of glass windows
since we have no
control of whether convertible owners will follow operating instructions
Owner's Manuals, we do offer a Three Year warranty against failure
of the lamination
of our glass to the window assembly. When necessary we improve
upon original designs,
and are innovators that have developed non-original glass rear
We were awarded U.S. Patent
4,799,727 for our ROBBINS FLEX-HINGE®, extrusion we
use in GL304 Folding Glass Rear Window for 1964-70 Mustang and
This is a superior design to factory original style windows since
our special hinge allows the
glass to fold without stress as the top is lowered into the well.
We have expanded the use
of this unique extrusion to offer a Non-Original folding glass
rear window for the 1982-3
Chrysler LeBaron and Dodge 400 models. We duplicate factory designs
in our Glass Rear
Windows, and use all original style extrusions and components
used in factory designs.
ALL GLASS WINDOWS HAVE
BOTTOM COLOR TRIM TO MATCH TOP.
PLASTIC WINDOWS We make our Plastic
Windows using the same full width, first
quality toppings we use for Tops and Glass Windows, never from
seconds or small pieces sewn
together. Robbins uses the same Regalite BAY Ultralite plastic
sheets we use in our
convertible tops. Plastic Windows are made with or without bottom
color trim to match the
top to duplicate the original style top and plastic window. We
note which plastic windows
are made with or without bottom color trim in our Catalog.
TONNEAU COVERS AND TOP BOOTS
enhance the enjoyment of the convertible
driving experience. Our Tonneau Covers and Top Boots feature the
attention to detail and commitment to quality found in our convertible
tops. Robbins Tonneau
Covers are heavily reinforced, especially at points of stress,
to insure long service life. Installation
instructions are included with most Tonneau covers.
INNOVATION is part of our heritage. We were awarded
U.S. PATENT 4,684,419 for our Rainguard
Deck Seam used in tops for 1980-93 VW Rabbit and Cabriolet convertibles.
We also were
awarded U.S. PATENT 5,375,901 for our unique design for raiising
and lowering the glass window
in our 2902 and 2903 Tops and TN292H and TN293 Glass Window upgrades
Glass Window, for 1990-97 Miata convertibles. This same design
is also used in our 2910
and 2911 Tops and HD292H and HD 293 Glass Window Upgrades with
Window, for 1996-97 MX-5 Miata models with seperate switch to
activate the heater/defogger.
Most recently have filed patent applications for Partitioned Cable
and other new designs and techniques.
TO QUALITY: In 1994 we passed
the tough FORD Q1 System Quality Audit
as part of our commitment to continuously improving both our products
manufacturing processes. We currently are working towards obtaining
ISO 9000/OS9000 Quality System Certifications.
We recommend all Robbins Convertible
Tops, Tonneau Covers, Top Boots,
Glass and Plastic Rear Windows and Headliners be installed only
Automotive Trim and Upholstery Shops.
LABOR INSTALLATION TIMES: The
estimated labor times to install
our products we show in our Catalog are strictly for removing
item and installing our new products. Our labor times do NOT include
time that may be required to repair damaged top frames, repair
damage caused by
rust, or to replace weatherstrips, tack rails, hardware; or to
install new top or quarter
pads, straps, Velcro, etc. that may be necessary when one of our
products is installed.
PACKAGING: All Robbins products
are shipped in boxes made from
100% recycled cardboard. We further recycle all our plastic window
scrap, as well as all
cardboard cartons, and wooden pallets in which our raw materials
and components are shipped to us.
CUTTING TECHNOLOGY. We use the
S-91 GERBERCUTTER which is the top
of the line in textile cutting equipment. The computerized accuracy
and heavy duty
rack and pinion beam have made the S-91 the cutter of choice by
leaders in the garment
industry as well as aerospace manufacturers. This same CAD-CAM
technology also ensures
consistent, precise cutting of convertible tops, window curtains,
tonneau covers and
other products in our manufacturing operations.
ORDER OUR PRODUCTS
CONFIRM THE MAKE, MODEL
& YEAR OF CAR; AND CHECK VIN. NUMBER WITH
AMERICAN TRIM TO BE SURE.
SELECT THE PART NUMBER FROM
THE ONLINE CATALOG SUCH AS 5410
(CHRYSLER SEBRING/STRATUS) OR 2750C (BMW Z-3).
SELECT A CLOTH OR VINYL
TOPPING AND COLOR:
CG BKB, RC MTB, SF BKB, TW MBB, etc.
MAKE CERTAIN YOU HAVE SELECTED
THE CORRECT BINDING TYPE, AND
SPECIFIED ANY SPECIAL FEATURES SUCH AS A WINDOW LINING COLOR.
BUILD A COMPLETE
PART NUMBER SUCH AS 5410 SS BKG,
2750C SG BKB, 2450TR BS BKG, etc.
DOUBLE CHECK TO MAKE SURE
YOU ORDER THE CORRECT
ITEM FOR YOUR CUSTOMER'S CAR.
ORDER/NON-RETURNABLE ITEMS: All
convertible tops, glass rear windows
and other products for which we have less than 10 sales per year,
or ordered in
toppings or colors; CANNOT BE RETURNED FOR CREDIT. We list the original
toppings and colors used by the convertible manufacturers for
all products we make
in our Catalog. Collecting a substantial deposit from your retail
customer is strongly
recommended before placing such orders.
ON ORDERING GLASS OR PLASTIC WINDOWS
Remember when placing
orders for Tops and Glass or Plastic Windows that do not
have headliners, that the backing color of tops and glass or plastic
windows must be the same.
This is true of most American convertibles built before 1986.
Headliners do not always
completely conceal the entire backing of Tops and Glass or Plastic
Windows, and it is always best
to order all items with the same color backing.
Glass Windows and Plastic
Windows with Bottom Color Trim ordered in Robbins
Sun-Fast Cloth colors with plain black backing will be made using
a KV black single
texture vinyl assembly and Sun-Fast Bottom Color Trim to match
the outside color of
the Top. The black backing color of the KV Black will be a close
match to the inside
black backing color of the Sun-Fast Top with which it will be
installed. If the Glass Rear
Window is ordered in Robbins Sun-Fast Cloth colors with tan backing,
the entire window
assembly MUST be made in Sun-Fast Cloth so that both the outside
color and inside tan
backing color will match exactly with the SunFast top with which
it will be installed.
(Glass Rear Windows can be ordered made entirely in Sun-Fast Cloth
with black backing
if an exact match to the black backing cloth of the Sun-Fast top
with which it will
be installed is required.) Prices for Tops, ( and Plastic Windows
with no Bottom
Color Trim to match top) ordered in Robbins Sun-Fast Cloth are
the same if ordered
in Black or Tan backing.
When Glass or Plastic Windows (with or without Bottom Color Trim
to match top)
are ordered in Robbins Sun-Fast "G", Haartz Twillfast,
or German Cloth toppings,
(Black or Tan backing), the entire Window assembly must be made
This is to insure that both the outside color and inside Black
or Tan dobby backing
color will match exactly with the Sun-Fast "G", Twillfast,
or German cloth top
with which it will be installed.
Regalite continues to work on the Ultrashield plastic rear window.
When this exciting
new product is ready, the Ultrashield will offer much greater
resistance to scratching,
which is a major cause of loss of visibility in current plastic
rear windows. We will offer
this new plastic rear window as soon as final testing is complete.
Zippers: We primarily
use #7 and #10 nylon zippers in our convertible tops, glass and
plastic windows. We still make brass zippers available for some
applications, but there
is usually an extra charge of $25.00 to use brass zippers. (Brass
zippers cannot be used
in most of our products) We have also had several unique zippers
made for our exclusive
use such as our heat set, scoop counted Single Ring Pull Zipper
we use in most of our
1990-97 Miata tops with glass or plastic windows. Our nylon and
brass coil and separating,
zippers are supplied by YKK and Talon.
Fasteners and Hardware:
We supply Tenax, Durable, Lift the Dot and all other hardware
necessary to install our products. Our sources, both domestic
and overseas, produce fop
quality chrome and nickel plated brass, black anodized, or black
and other hardware items.
Top Pads: We offer both
Universal Tapered Top Pads and Factory Original style
replacement top pads for selected models. Factory Original style
top pads are listed
in the Catalog beneath the convertible tops with which they fit.
This is a period of great
change in toppings, headliners and other materials used
in convertibles. Many new convertibles have been introduced which
use new toppings
and materials and new colors, or changes have been made by Automotive
Styling departments that cause existing toppings to be dropped
and new toppings or
colors be added during normal production. Simply keeping abreast
of all the changes
in toppings and headliner materials is a challenge, and keeping
these many toppings
in stock is extremely difficult. Economics have forced topping
manufacturers such as
Haartz to impose 2,000 yard minimum yardage requirements to run
special colors of
PVC vinyl toppings, and prohibitively high requirements exist
to order special colors of
cloth toppings such as our Sun-Fast or SunFast "G",
Twillfast or other cloth toppings,
with the result that many toppings are being discontinued at a
As a result of these almost
constant additions and discontinuations, we find it is no longer
possible to list all colors of toppings, headliners and other
materials in our Catalog,
since any list of colors becomes obsolete almost immediately.
Instead we will list
only basic colors, and ask our Customers to use our Topping Sample
System to see the full
range of toppings, headliners, etc. we carry in colors currently