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Old 05-01-2010, 09:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
swede
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Sourced some black coroplast for 30 dollars for 2 4x8 sheets. Covered the frame with it and riveted it on. The rivets tended to pull out of the plastic a little too easy so I made washers out perforated strapping and uses the strapping to edge the major stress areas around the corner bends. 1/8" pop rivets are used to fasten the entire perimeter of the covering.

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Interior view showing framework. Pipe insulation keeps the box rails from getting beat up.


Exterior showing coroplast. My first time working with it. I found that a heat gun and carefully bending the radius of the corners prevented major kinks.


A few pics of the back showing the fastback style raised edge. This was done in an attemt to "boat tail" air flow. Some bubbling issues with the plastic on the sides. I may add additional braces and fasten it on the sides.




Here it is on the truck. There are four stakes that drop into the trucks stake pockets. Ratchet straps fasten it down into the the bed from the cargo tiedowns in the box.




If it works well I will design a hinge from the front to allow it to raise up like a solid tonneau cover.
I will be very closely monitoring fuel consumption for the next while and will post results here as I get them. Barring no major headwinds, typical fuel consumption ranges from 19-21mpg hwy most times.

Total cost to date for supplies (not including tools) $70.00 tax included.
Comments and suggestions welcome!!

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Swede
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