Gaylord bed cover

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  1. ribald1

    ribald1 Banned PLATINUM MEMBER

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    I have 72+ gaylord bed cover that I can't use due to shortening my bed by 8-1/2" to increase cab space.
    Had a deal to trade for some door panels, but that fell through.
    If anyone is interested, PM me.
    Otherwise I will place on Ebay.
     
  2. 5.0 Chero

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    come on shorten the cover
     
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  3. ribald1

    ribald1 Banned PLATINUM MEMBER

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    I looked long and hard at that option as I like having a cover.
    The problem is that there is no reasonable way to marry two pieces of plywood end to end with a strength that approximates a continuous sheet.
    I even considered using it to make a mold, cutting the mold down and making one from scratch. A serious undertaking for a one off item. Anyway, with this tiny 2000 sqft shop I don't have room to swing a cat, much less dedicate a couple of hundred square feet to a fiberglass project.
     
  4. Kiwirancher

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    Hi ribald1 , are there any pictures of your Ranchero on here? I am intrigued to see what an extended cab Ranchero looks like.
    Denis.
     
  5. ribald1

    ribald1 Banned PLATINUM MEMBER

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    Yeah, there is a thread called extended cab ranchero
     
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    Would taking it to a body shop be an option, let them cut/shorten it and have all the mess/debris involved. Just a thought. I built my own using 1" square tubing as a frame, but it fits inside the bed trim with an internal "gutter" system that takes 99% of any water to the tailgate/bed opening, works really well. Andy (Andrewok1) and Dennis (As is '66) can verify it's fit/function. I can also stand on the installed bed cover no problem and I'm almost 3 Benjamin's, man I need to walk more and eat less.
     
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  8. ribald1

    ribald1 Banned PLATINUM MEMBER

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    A body shop would not be able to deal with the plywood issue, the only real solution to that is a frame built underneath, and at that point I would do as you did and just make one. I have all the same equipment as a body shop, I do a lot of it. The cab extension I did is not even noticed by people who see the car for the first time. I have to tell them it was done.
     
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    Checked out the thread , thanks andrewok1 A lot of impressive work done there . I presume it is finished and on the road ribald1. To do something like that here would be possible but would take a lot of money and time getting it certified.
    Denis.
     
  10. ribald1

    ribald1 Banned PLATINUM MEMBER

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    Not finished, life got in the way.
    It is done except for paint and the headliner.
     
  11. RANCHEROROB

    RANCHEROROB In Maximum Overdrive GOLD MEMBER

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    Use the front 4 ft. as is and cut a straight line across the cover about 12 18 inches from the tailgate, remove the correct amount then mate the two pieces together with a stainless piano hinge or other type hidden hinge.

    You would have a small trunk lid that you can open up to un latch cover or open the tailgate
     
  12. ribald1

    ribald1 Banned PLATINUM MEMBER

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    I don't have a tailgate. The back area is the 2 20 gallon fuel cells and the two batteries. Almost a foot of the front of the bed is taken up by the speaker compartment. The cover needs to be stout as if I carry anything, it will be on the cover.
    The real issue with your idea is sealing the fiberglass and plywood at the cut and hinge areas.
    Thanks for the idea, I hadn't considered that possibility.
     
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    In other words, do it right, or don't do it. Bravo.
     
  14. rat-racing

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    Do you still have the Gaylord bed cover? Will it fit a 76 Ranchero?
     

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