May 14, 2004I'm thinking of making a Tonneau cover this summer and I was wondering what would be the best types of struts to use for the hinges on the cover. Also, what would be the best way at waterproofing the cover?
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May 31, 2004I would get with some of the Tonneau builders and see how they do it and what items they use. Pro's pick sells a tonneau cover for your year. Although they probably won't tell you everything their catalog shows what lift units they use and they sell them separately. They use integrated rain gutters that direct rain water to a hidden drain and weatherstripping to keep the dust out. Hope this helps.
July 22, 2004thanks alot that helps. i looked at the pro's pick cover and it seems a little to expensive. i don't know how much cheaper it would be to make a cover myself. i would use a wood frame covered with layer(s) of fiberglass then i'd use bondo to make the surface smooth and shape the cover. the only thing i would be worried about is rain leaking in. i'd like to put subwoofers in the back and i dont want to fry them.
July 22, 2004I'm not very talented with sheet metal or bondo. I have seen quite a few homemade tonneu covers and some have been nicer than the pro's pick version. I guess it depends alot on ones abilities. Most of the people I know with the homemade covers took ideas from several different manufactures along with their own ideas and came up with a really nice piece. Good luck!
July 22, 2004how did your friends do with waterproofing? i'd like to do it but i dont know if a weatherstrip or some sort of other rubber seal will keep all the water out
July 23, 2004Check this tonneau cover out awalker found the truck on ebay.
July 23, 2004Thats a sweet cover. I can't help but notice the wing this looks like a serious machine any more pics? Let me get with my friend alan and I'll find out what he use's to seal his cover.
July 23, 2004that is an excellent cover. thanks iron man, im anxious to hear how to weatherproof it. i wonder if that cover is homemade or not? it looks like a great structure. im not so sure about the wing. wings and trucks just don't work for me. but to each his own.
July 31, 2004I just had GemTop custom build a steel tonneau for my '74 Chevy. I liked it so much a bought another one for my '04. It sits just on top of the rails and is very low profile. It cost about $700 plus shipping and installs in about an hour. Plus, it already has the struts, hinges and weather strip. After looking at the cost of some others, I found it to be a fair price.
December 4, 2005I remember reading in a recent issue of some truck mag., a tech section where they homebuilt a tonneau out of a square bar X frame and sheet metal lid. seems like it would weigh a chunk, but i dunno. if you could put something between the plywood frame and your layers of fiberglass to where you could remove the plywood when finished, then that would be a good idea. then reinforce it. know what i mean. like a mold then pop the glass tonneau off. would be lighter. ???????
June 27, 2006Hey, I'm new here, and I own a 1970 C-10 that I am actually taking to a body shop tonight for a complete restoration paint and body job to get some small rust spots removed and have it repainted back to its original Orange (It was repainted 5-6 years ago, not very well, the paint is orange but lighter than the original). Recently I've been looking into future goodies to buy, such as a front disc brake kit, shoulder belts, and a vinyl Tonneau cover. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what brand is good and how much they cost ballpark?