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Home made shell/topper?

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by petersharp, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. Aug 5, 2009 at 4:13 PM
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    petersharp

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    Anyone made a shell/topper for their Taco? I'm probably moving later on in the year and can't bring myself to drop a couple of grand on a Leer/ARE etc (partly as I don't know if I'm going to keep the Taco long term).

    So I was thinking of building one with 2x4s and plywood. I know there are people out there that think this is redneck, but for $100 in materials and a couple of hours of labor I can make something that'll last the trip up to CO.

    The main challenge I can see is cutting the 2x4s to follow the tapered shape of the top of the bed.
     
  2. Aug 5, 2009 at 4:13 PM
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    Sounds like a great idea!
     
  3. Aug 5, 2009 at 4:24 PM
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    Weight adds up fast when you use wood.;)
    Back in the 60's my dad and his friend decided to build a whole camper not just a top with the same construction materials they worked around daily.
    Once the STRUCTURE was built, still no interior, they put it on his F-250 for a trial fit.
    Front wheels came off the ground.:rolleyes:
     
  4. Aug 5, 2009 at 4:28 PM
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    There's a guy on here who made one out of .... aluminum...diamond plate I think it was... Don't think he spent that much on it... since it's metal, pretty sturdy and not too heavy.

    sorry, this is just a bed cover... not a shell
     
  5. Aug 5, 2009 at 4:47 PM
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    What was he using, cinder blocks and concrete? ;) They must have stood back, looked at that and laughed!

    I don't think it would be that heavy, need about 60' of 2x4s and about 2.5 sheets of plywood.
     
  6. Aug 5, 2009 at 5:57 PM
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    just keep an eye on CL! i just found a local one for $55. it needs some work but finding a window to fit would be easier than building the entire thing out of wood - and look much better IMO.

    I realize that this is not local for you but you get the idea...
    http://atlanta.craigslist.org/pts/1306485230.html
     
  7. Aug 5, 2009 at 7:10 PM
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    I've looked at CL many times, but nothing came even close. Will carry on looking though.
     
  8. Aug 5, 2009 at 7:14 PM
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    get a leer topper
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