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Re: homemade tonneau cover

I havent but i'd be interested......all you need would be some sheet metal, some kind of lightweight tubing and a welder.....or fibreglass a frame of some kind....hmm have to think about that
 

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Just need plywood, fiberglass, hinges, rubber gasketing, heavy gas hood props and a lock or 2. Fiberglass to protect and seal wood and allow for a good painting surface and you can imagine what the rest would be for. Would not be cheap but you could make it to look how you want.
 

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I was going to make one with either square tube or angle for a frame with sheet aluminum over the top, but I bought one instead. =P A flush-mount design would be a cool cover to build though.
 

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i was planning on making on from a sheet of plexi glass but having some trouble finding someplace that will have it big enough around here
 

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i dont have pics anymore but i built one out or alum. i used 1" square tube and made a frame to fit inside my box then skinned it with sheet alum...then wrapped it in white vinal cus the truck was white...and like already said used hood props and hinges and a lock...workes awesome...i wanna build one for my noma if i do ill get pics and do a how to...
 

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i made my own. all i used was a 4'x10' piece of wood, some 2''x1''x1'' piece of wood "rails" and a piano hinge. i cut it to fit the truck, and coated the underside of it w/ thompsons waterseal, and i coated the top with undercoat (NOTE: DONT put the waterseal on the top then coat it with undercoating, it will rub off very easy.) just be sure to use a soft undercoating, hard ones wont flex with the wood and it'll crack. you kinda have to figure out your own way to clamp it down. i just used a sort of l-shaped block of wood and ran a bolt through the top of the cover. for the part up near the cab, i made a sort of wedge so it will slide into place with the inclining surface near the cab (just take a look at it and you'll know what i'm talking about) so basically all you can see on top is the hinge and the 4 bolts holding it down, easy to get at & take off, i can do it completely by myself and i dont have to climb into the bed to do it.

i didnt use fiberglass because it would have to be put on VERY thick. otherwise the wood will flex and crack the fiberglass. the undercoating works just fine, and if you put it on thick enough you cant even tell it's wood.

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i rounded & cut the edges so it wouldnt hang off the edge of the truck, now it looks like cake!

edit- came up to be <$100 too, cheaper than soft tops.
 

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wow this is an old thread
 

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I know this is an old thread but I just finished my cover. It is 1" foam framed with cedar. It is attached to the bed with 2 thumb screws and 2 pins for easy removal. It is covered with padding and the black naugahyde. It is lifted with 2 18" actuators wired to a wireless remote located in the cab. The actuators came from www.firgellauto.com You can check out a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HSCx8l93kw or pictures at www.crownmycar.com search for pickle .
 

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I've built two home made tonneau covers with fiberglass. One on a one off the line International Harvester C-900 ONE ton shortbox, stepside, pick-em-up-truck. I built it to go over the siderails of the box, to totally enclose it. It's the first one I built. The second was on my '48 Ford F-1 Pro-Street shortbox, stepside half ton pick-up truck. Again in fiberglass. It's quite easy. If you go to any car parts store, they sell all the products you need to form fiberglass. Laying the glass is the easiest part, forming it with a grinder, and sander takes much longer. If anyone is interested in seeing a finished product picture, you can write me at : [email protected], and I'll get you a picture............thanks , COOTER
 

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Re: homemade tonneau cover

I know this is an old thread but I just finished my cover. It is 1" foam framed with cedar. It is attached to the bed with 2 thumb screws and 2 pins for easy removal. It is covered with padding and the black naugahyde. It is lifted with 2 18" actuators wired to a wireless remote located in the cab. The actuators came from www.firgellauto.com You can check out a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HSCx8l93kw or pictures at www.crownmycar.com search for pickle .

sorry but i was just laughing at the idea of using 1" foam as a tonneau cover, but now that i look at it you really cant tell.
 

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Re: homemade tonneau cover

i made my own outa plywood. ill see if i cna dig up a pic or two.

well dont have one of it closed... have 2 with it open

used regular hinges, sheet of 3/8" plywood

some 1X3 strips for support underneath

some aluminum C channel around the edge

a hood pin kit and 1 small locks to lock it to make it somewhat secure.




as you can see it kinda folds up over the cab, still allows the doors to be open
BUT i did find out the hard way you cannot use the wipers with it open lol.

i can remove it its attached to the bedrail by 4 carrage bolts.


^^^ can kinda see it
 

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I like Jack Williams
idea , only thing i would do different is maybe re-enforce it with some 1/4 inch plywood underneath.

Hey jack williams, check you pm. I have a few questions.
Just got back to Forum. I used cedar for the frame and a cedar board to connect the 2 pieces of foam. This is where I connected the accuators. I'm building a boat now and I would probably use fiberglass over the foam.
www.youtube.com/woodmanjack1 Thanks
 

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I made one for my truck with an aluminum "C" channel screwed to the inside of each bed rail and to plywood panels that slide into them. I bought some toneau material from an upholstery shop and stapled it over the ply wood. I put a locking tailgate handle on it and it works and looks great. Since i used two panels they are easy to handle and i can lay them down flat inside the bed if i don't want the cover on. Just make sure to seal everything up real good... mine is dam near waterproof.
 

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Re: homemade tonneau cover

I made one for my truck with an aluminum "C" channel screwed to the inside of each bed rail and to plywood panels that slide into them. I bought some toneau material from an upholstery shop and stapled it over the ply wood. I put a locking tailgate handle on it and it works and looks great. Since i used two panels they are easy to handle and i can lay them down flat inside the bed if i don't want the cover on. Just make sure to seal everything up real good... mine is dam near waterproof.
would you mind posting up pics? i like your idea but havin a hard time picturing it.
 
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