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Old 11-11-2008, 11:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a new member to the site but have been browsing since I bought my coly in March '07. I've gotten a lot of great info and questions answered through here so I thought I would share my recent project with everyone.

To start, I use to have a '00 Silverado Z71 that had a Checkmate FX flush mount tonneau cover with the gas shocks (already had it when I bought it). I absolutely loved that tonneau cover, not only did it look good I was able to avg 22 mpg with a 5.3 V8.

I sold it when I decided to go to college since I had to drive 75 miles a day round trip for 2 years and decided that I couldn't afford gas along with the payments so I bought a 03 Grand Prix GT.

So now that I finally got a truck again I decided that I wanted a tonneau cover but there was no way that I could afford to get a Checkmate cover and I'm not too big on the soft vinyl covers since I've had bad luck with them in the past. So after months of searching on the Internet for homemade Tonneau covers, all I've found was people who have made them out of plywood and in multiple pieces.

Since I work in a sign shop I have access to all sorts of aluminum extrusion and aluminum sheets.

I have built a aluminum 1 piece tonneau cover. Since I have a Crew Cab I was able to get a 5'x5' piece of aluminum and some aluminum sign extrusion to use as the frame to lay on the top rails of the bed. After about a month of planing and a day to build it I finally put the it on the truck tonight and honestly in my opinion looks good considering that its home made and only cost me about $110.00.

All I have left to do is paint it but I doubt that will happen until spring unless we get one last weekend of 60's or 70's here in Kansas

I just thought I would share my DIY project I've been working on with everyone. and would like to get your feedback.

I will try to post some pics tomorrow.
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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in for pics.
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hurry up and get those pic's up you have got my curiosity goin :) :)
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Here is the page that has the pics I took this morning.

let me know what you think.

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3189276
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Very cool man looks like a real nice fit and looks to be very light must be easy to take of when you want.
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks, the entire thing weighs about 20-25 lbs maybe. Its kinda tricky to get on by yourself without scratching the truck but its light enough that the wife can actually help me take it on and off. so I'm happy with it, plus it only cost me $110.00
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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ill take one in black please.

looks real good.

how does it seal, and does it leak?

You could put hidges on it and some lifts.

also does it lock??

i know full of questions.

im sick of my soft cover.
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'll be painting it a flat black when the weather gets a little warmer, It seals really well if you pull the straps down tight, as far as does it leak, I don't know I'll find out when it rains, I may have to do some more looking for a good adhesive back weather strip thats not the foam stuff I just have the cheap small "D" weather striping that I found at walmart, and I have to figure out how to get a seal at the tailgate since I have the tailgate protector on it raises it up about a half inch towards the back but its a working progress.

I'm thinking about getting a kit that I will be able to lock the tailgate which is all you need since you I have the straps buckled you can't lift it up any. as for making it hinge I was actually thinking about it but I couldn't find any hinges that would work for easy removal, and putting gas shocks to raise it would be alright, but pulling it back down you would probably bend the crap out of it since it is aluminum and not very sturdy when by itself.

let me know if you have any other questions.
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Wow....looks perfect man. Good job!!

After looking at this and burns cover, Im contemplating trying to make my own. Thats if i dont find a used one for cheap.

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Dang pic dont seem to be working anymore.
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