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Quick and dirty truck cap.

Discussion in 'New Members' started by bswan, May 17, 2012.

  1. May 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM
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    bswan

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    Back in 1971 when I brought my first SR5, I went to a local shop. They pulled the aluminum off the racks and built a custom cover with in a week. The cover had a sliding window, racks on top, and 2 side doors. Super fast forward to 2012. Nobody locally makes truck caps not even were I brought my first! After waiting 3 weeks for the cover, I made my own.

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    Now I am pondering building or buying racks for ladder / kayak and bed rack for bicycles. Does anyone have a design to share or a brand they really like?

    Bill
     
  2. May 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM
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    Interesting, Im assuming your going to paint it right?
     
  3. May 17, 2012 at 6:55 PM
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    Thats a good idea, Im having a local artist do that to my truck bed soon actually, I dont think it'll look very good with his silver truck though. I was thinking it should be painted and treated to make it last and protect from the elements.

    Edit: It is a bit glossy, he might have already treated it with water seal
     
  4. May 17, 2012 at 6:58 PM
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    Not working for me, maybe hit it with bedliner?
     
  5. May 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM
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    That sounds good too. Dont know how well it will stick though
     
  6. May 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM
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    I dont know yet really, probably just something really random and out there. Its something I personally have not seen done yet so though I'd do it.
     
  8. May 17, 2012 at 7:09 PM
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    Will do.
     
  9. May 17, 2012 at 7:13 PM
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    Just need one of these fiber-reinforced tailgate mods to complete the look. :thumbsup:

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  10. May 17, 2012 at 7:18 PM
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  12. May 18, 2012 at 3:58 AM
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    Being a quick and dirty job, I have some poly left over from some previous projects so I thinned it down a little and slapped a couple of coats on it.

    There are several local artist here that might like to get a hold of it for a paint project.

    I may never use it again (-; unless I find another house to remodel. But a rack to haul bikes and kayaks is much more important than a paint job now. :wink:
     
  13. May 18, 2012 at 4:18 AM
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    Here's how you haul both...

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    Just kayaks...........

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    Just bikes...........

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    No pics of the kayaks on the reg cab yet, sorry
     
  14. May 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM
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    I bought my cap off craigslist for $100 and it came with ladder rack. I bet you spent close to that on wood alone not counting brackets and hinges...

    It is innovative, it will serve its purpose, BUT looks way worse than the cap I have... Sorry has Ghetto look to it, BUT if you are one of those "function > form" guys than it will work for you...lol
     
  15. May 19, 2012 at 3:41 AM
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    I did not look there. We have a local trading paper Uncle Henry that catches peoples attention for anything useful around here. Thanks for the suggestion. Sometimes it is a choice between building or waiting to find the right deal. I did not have the time to wait.

    Even though it took a few days to make and $130, I do have something that is useful. It can also be modified for custom racks etc.

    Now the question is whether to spend 400 or more for a system to carry bikes and kayaks or to design and build one. In the neighborhood where I live I have a couple of good sources for free wood. There is a store down the road where I can usually find hardware for about 40% less than retail. Also there is the signature factor of designing and building something useful that can added to my portfolio. ;-)
     
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