I got my topper home... I'm thinking I'm going to try painting it tomorrow. Do you guys think it would be a bad idea to try using duplicolor perfect match spray cans followed by clear coat on the whole thing, or would it come out terrible over such a large area? probably take 4 or more cans to do the whole thing. cost me $60-70 for all the paint. compared to 300+ for a good paint job.
a guy at my local advance auto parts bought a white tail gate, his truck is the same color as yours and used the perfect match to paint it. from a distance it looks really good but once you get close it doesnt look so hot. id rock the white for a while until you have enough saved for a good paint job. if you do a crappy job now it may cost you more when you go and have it done, more prep work and what not.
I will say I have a history of doing things... then not being happy and doing them again better... heck this is my 3rd topper. bought a couple cheap, gas shocks didnt work. finally just spent 175 on this one, in great shape. did it with the stereo... my xbox.... my sub... you guys are probably right.
but the problem is I have this philosophy.... if I'm going to spend the money now or in 6 months, might as well do it now and have it looking good sooner. hmph.
However, maybe thi smeans I'll do some fun stuff tomorrow, like mounting my roof basket, maybe even puttig in lights and mebbe mounting my grill lights too.
well thats where it'd be going, I talked to him a little about it before. That's probably what I'll end up doing now. I think I may try mounting my roof basket or some lights or something tomorrow instead. Maybe plasti-dip the rockers and bumpers.
Well now the ideas are rolling. Kind of on a whim I'm wanting to do a supercharger now. There's a tbird for sale asking 900, and comes with an extra supercharger, so I suppose if I wanted extra crap around I could probably make money getting the supercharger. Then just have to drop $1600 on the rpcaster kit.
It's a 1990 tbird sc, so that would be the one I need, right? only one supercharger used in the 89-93s right? and I know I'd have to get a tune as well, so I'm looking at two grand plus this t bird. thoughts?
meh. more realistically, I want to try and mount the roof basket on my topper tonight. Trying to figure out how I should mount it. I have these little rubber feet and brackets that originally were to latch it to a roof rack. What if I just drilled some mounting holes in the roof, I know I'd need to silicone them up to keep it from leaking, but structurally, how would that be? I'd have 8 bolts, if they wee say, 1/4-20 bolts with a nice big fender washer underneath, would it tear up the fiberglass? should I get any kind of plate to distribute the force or anything, or should fender washers do it?
here's a few pics. It's just sitting there, but I just need to get it in alignment and centered, and get my hardware, then I can mount it tomorrow. I'm thinking 8 1/4-20 bolts should do it, with fender washers to distribute the load. not gonna seal it until it gets painted though.
If you are going go ahead and mount the rack seal it up. The way to do this, run the bolt up through the lid on the bottom with the fender washer. Seal the bolt and washer to the lid from the underside, so you have a "stud" that the rack can easily be removed and replaced for when we paint it. I recommend sealing it at the top too. We could glass the studs in at the top to keep the elements from building up in the holes.
This is just my suggestion, but i think that would be the best way to do it right and it look really good, simple to remove and replace, and when/if the time comes to sell the lid, it won't drop the value hardly at all because the new owner could do what you did, or even mount a Yakima style rack.
D-Ranged what started as a stock 94 Ranger... Sgt Ex the mall crawlin trail limo
I picked up 8 1/4-20 bolts, havent done anything with them though. should I use 4 larger bolts rather than the 8, is 8 studs too much to deal with? I think it would be mroe of a one off mount than something that could be used with any mounting. I just kind of thought I might have to fill the holes if I ever lose the topper or roof rack.
maybe we can talk about it while we're welding these together....
A few more pics...
Just to see how clean she is right now... and what's in that box??
Some random metal chunks... not sure what I'm gonna make out of them yet...
My new rear brakes... might be getting new rotors anyway. these are a lil rusty. I'll see how they clean up.
And this is to show what I have to work with on the rack mounts... most likely won't use the u bolt thing, but will use the metal top bracket and rubber feet. If I do like josh says, I will just run a single 3/8 bolt down the middle of each bracket and straight through the rubber feet. Still deciding how I will seal it from leaking in.
I was going to paint mikes to match his truck, do it would be very subtle, but just as usable as mine, and with his paint only 52 bucks a quart, it wouldnt be pricey. Mine will be painted Dark Shadow Grey to match the bottom part of my truck.
Brakes may clean up. Get it under the truck, drive it a bit to scrape the surface rust off, and see how they do. Just my opinion.
that would be cool, only thing the bottom plate with the trailer hook eyes, I could see that getting chipped up from the chains. So maybe do that with some cheap spray can bedliner, like the duplicolor stuff. then I can just recover it easy if that chips off. and I thought yours was black on the bottom?
Things I have to install:
Topper Interior Lights/wiring
Duff Trac Bars
Does anyone know what size bolts I need to mount the caliper bracket, I think the how to on this says he used 3/8" bolt, and also what about the caliper bolt, is there anything special about it or can I get a grade 8 of the appropriate size? I think it's metric though.