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Installation - Pick-up Truck Bed Cover
Covering the bed of the truck for looks, gas mileage, and protected storage space
I didn't want to spend the money for a nice fiberglass cover ($600 for the cover, $500 to have it professionally painted) for my '96 S-10 since I'm planning on buying a new truck soon, so I thought I'd build me a cheapy bed cover out of 3/4in pressure treated plywood. I'm a mechanic by trade, not a carpenter, but I was pretty happy with how this project turned out. Here's the shot of the frame on the passenger side of the truck. I first installed the Dee Zee Bed mat for cushion (Autozone - $45)
Here's the shot of the left side frame...
I wanted the cover to be level and straight looking so it would at least look nice. The only way to do this is to make sure the frame is level with the bottom side of the bed rail, without pushing up too much on the rail. Here's the shot of the right side...
Here's a shot of the underside of the bed cover once I got the plywood placed on top. Using 3/4in pressure treated plywood makes the cover pretty rigid so there's no need for any center support. The plywood is fastened to the frame with 3in wood screws, so it ain't goin nowhere!
Gotta have some weather stripping along the top so it will be water tight when the tailgate is shut.
Here's a shot of the finished bed cover. I was pleased that it came out straight and level in comparison with all sides of the bed. I'm no carpenter, but I do know how to be a shade tree mechanic when necessary so that comes in handy!
Since the presssure treated plywood I used was still wet, I'm going to have to wait at least a couple of months, if not longer, for the wood to dry before I apply the industrial grade adhesive that will be used to hold the grey carpet on. Once this has been done, the cover will look like a nice custom job.
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