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08-23-2019 11:21 AM
fiftyv8 Slow and steady and you will get it done.
Diamond sheet could work, it is all about how you attach your sheet to your framework and also how you attach your frame work to your hinges.

I got my inspiration from another hot rodder and improved on it.
He used an aluminum homemade frame and a sheet similar but not the same as mine.
He chose not to use a latch and it was a little flimsy to lift up, but look great.
08-23-2019 09:17 AM
jagco
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Originally Posted by fiftyv8 View Post
I made my own for my 1960 F100 using the frame from a futon bed (off the side of the road), a piece of composite aluminum/plastic sheet cut to size (new), a pair of old 1970's Ford hood hinges and a garage door latch (new).

When done, I discovered that the lift up lid was not quite capable of stay up, so I added a pair of 2nd hand gas struts from a Japanese car hood.

I glued the sheet to the futon frame and placed a slide on cushioned rubber (weather seal) edging around the cut edge of the sheet and it works a treat.

My pickup box is a full width size, not a step side so it took me a little time to find a sheet wide enough to do the job.

I also added a 3rd stop light at the rear edge just because I could...

Kind of tricky project to do, since there are very few attachment points available in my pickup box, but ain't that half the fun of doing it yourself, to meet the challenge...



wow that looks nice. What do you think about using a diamond sheet


i may try to make it. But not a lot of info on the net about make them you self.
08-21-2019 09:02 AM
fiftyv8 I made my own for my 1960 F100 using the frame from a futon bed (off the side of the road), a piece of composite aluminum/plastic sheet cut to size (new), a pair of old 1970's Ford hood hinges and a garage door latch (new).

When done, I discovered that the lift up lid was not quite capable of stay up, so I added a pair of 2nd hand gas struts from a Japanese car hood.

I glued the sheet to the futon frame and placed a slide on cushioned rubber (weather seal) edging around the cut edge of the sheet and it works a treat.

My pickup box is a full width size, not a step side so it took me a little time to find a sheet wide enough to do the job.

I also added a 3rd stop light at the rear edge just because I could...

Kind of tricky project to do, since there are very few attachment points available in my pickup box, but ain't that half the fun of doing it yourself, to meet the challenge...
08-20-2019 02:44 PM
jagco
any 1 fab a bad cover

Any out there fab a bed cover. Trying to see all my options on this. Thanks to all posted info
08-20-2019 09:21 AM
1964fordtripower For what it’s worth I put a Paragon cover on my 87 Ram 50. I use the truck to haul engine and transmissions etc and having one that folds up out of the way when I need to haul stuff is nice and it comes out easily if I need to. I’ve had it for 3 years now and am still happy with it.

https://www.peragon.com/

Your truck is older like mine so it probably isn’t listed. Chances are that there is something out there that uses the same size bed (I ended up getting one for a Ranger).

There are a couple of pictures of it here.

87 Ram 50 Engine Swap - Page 6


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08-19-2019 09:16 AM
ProStreetRob Yes it is, in that case it came that way (the Tonneau Cover)
BUT in a couple of cases I bought a used Bedrug and cut it up to custom fit it to an application. Expensive way to do it but it gave me the look and finish I was after. Good Luck

PS
Looks like a nice truck you got there
08-19-2019 06:56 AM
jagco
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As far as the Tonneau Cover I've about a dozen performance pickups and I always go with a Tri Fold. They're inexpensive, take minutes to put on (or take off), they sit fairly flush, and work great. Might be an alternative for you ?

As for the Bed Floor there's a company called BedRug, I've had many of them, "it's an excellent product".

Thanks for the info, what did you use for the bed cover it looks like some type of carpet.
08-19-2019 06:49 AM
ProStreetRob As far as the Tonneau Cover I've about a dozen performance pickups and I always go with a Tri Fold. They're inexpensive, take minutes to put on (or take off), they sit fairly flush, and work great. Might be an alternative for you ?

As for the Bed Floor there's a company called BedRug, I've had many of them, "it's an excellent product".
08-18-2019 07:12 PM
jagco
Trying find a bed cover or make it

I'm trying to find local shops to make flat truck bed cover. I got 1 price of $1500 out of sheet metal it do not include painting it. "O" Like to have spoiler for the back of it.


And can you guy's tell me how to go about making 1. And that can open up.
Where to get the parts / frames. Making 1 that will look good on the truck.
I may like to try this my self if can find the parts that needed.



Bed liners I seen a truck at a car show in his bed it look like carpet this look nice. any help this to.



Truck is 1982 Arrow pickup

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