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Post by patriot_5420 on Sat May 14, 2016 4:49 pm

Hey guys, been running silent for a while sorting mechanical stuff out and dealing with work. Getting ready to tackle a new project and was looking for some resources. I would like to fabricate a flush fit hard bed cover. I've noticed that all that is sold for our elco's is soft tonneau snap on's and one framed soft cover. I want to craft a fiberglass or metal bed cover. I've been re-watching season 1 episode 4 of overhauling and trying to see how they built that one and scouring the internet but with little yield.

Anyone on here have any good pics, plans, designs, etc? Any help is appreciated.

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Post by Limey SE on Sat May 14, 2016 5:37 pm

How about an Actual El Camino topper from a original 1973 El Camino

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Post by patriot_5420 on Sat May 14, 2016 7:08 pm

I REALLY don't want one of the old camper shell looking toppers. My end goal for the project is a clean, old school-ish street rod look with some good, hidden utility functionality.

I'm going to be building a sold looking box in the bed for carrying gear to and from the gun range and camping and probably building in some fold down adjustable racks for kayaks and bikes and would like to have a clean, flush with the top of the bed hard cover, painted to match that I can mount a small spoiler too. Street rod by week, adventure vehicle by weekend.

So custom hinged hard cover is my only agreeable option.

EDIT** I just realized you may also be referring to the long sloped from the top of the cab, louvered/windowed monstrosity. To each their own but IMHO that thing is fugly on a level reserved for bar leftovers in a dirty dive in the ghetto on a tues night. If you like them more power to ya, that's just how I feel.

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Post by Limey SE on Sat May 14, 2016 8:10 pm



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Post by patriot_5420 on Sat May 14, 2016 8:38 pm

Limey SE wrote:

yes, that one, fugly as hell to me. I realize this is a picture of a video game and also a 2G elkay but this is what i'm looking for:


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Post by Limey SE on Sat May 14, 2016 8:43 pm

why not get creative then and cut the sides off then and fill it in by the rear window area where you cut it ? Much easier then fab'ing one up to fit you already know this one fits BUT wont sell this one just to get up too nice ....It was taken off 2 weeks after Arrival from GM dealer and stored since 1973

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Post by Limey SE on Sat May 14, 2016 8:44 pm

Just giving ya Idea is all

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Post by patriot_5420 on Sat May 14, 2016 9:11 pm

not a horrible idea sir, that could work, i wonder if it would be cost effective or how hard it would to find one. does the bottom of that topper mate up all the way to the bottom of the back glass and seal all the way across?

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Post by Limey SE on Sat May 14, 2016 9:12 pm

yes sir it does

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Post by patriot_5420 on Sat May 14, 2016 9:46 pm

well after little internet legwork, i'm not finding anywhere to buy those but i'll keep it in mind if i happen to stumble across one somewhere. I bet at least the frame and hardware could be useful.

If you end up taking any pics of it up or the mounting points and hardware i would be most appreciative if you would post them up for me.

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Post by Limey SE on Sat May 14, 2016 9:57 pm

I will see when I am out where its stored its a little drive to where its at SO Next time I am out there I will

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Post by JB2wheeler on Mon May 16, 2016 9:58 pm

I don't know if they went out of business, or what, but the very best hard fiberglass lids were made by http://www.gaylordslids.com/media.php
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Post by Limey SE on Mon May 16, 2016 10:06 pm

no 73-77 Listed maybe just dont have enough requests for them but could still make them

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Post by Tom77 on Tue May 17, 2016 3:04 pm

http://www.evalbum.com/470

How about this one?
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Post by patriot_5420 on Tue May 17, 2016 4:02 pm

Still not a fan of the sloped bed covers. Want something flush fit.

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Post by Limey SE on Tue May 17, 2016 5:07 pm

I think the Best (maybe) fit will be getting a Truck bed one and cutting down to your liking

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