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screw the weather...im anxious...PICTURES ONCE THE SUN SHINES! lol
We can't catch a break with the weather.
A couple weeks ago we had 2"+ ice & 6"+ snow with lines & trees down everywhere, today we get 50mph+ winds (luckily the tornado's missed us) & more trees (mostly limbs that didn't fall before) down.

Pics ASAP. I need to get some shots behind my roll pan too.
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If you have an ext cab, there's no room back there for people anyways so use that for your storage. I keep all my tool boxes and emergency stuff in the ext cab so that I don't have to put a box in my bed taking up space. I use my bed for hauling stuff and with the tailgate down it's only 7.5' long, and when you don't have a fullsize, you need all the space you can get. The narrow width of the bed doesn't help much either.

Toolboxes FTL.
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I had a friend in HS that his dad had a camper shell but same concept. He put tracks on the floor of the bed and on the bottom of the tool box. That way he did not have to climb in to get to his tools. The tool box came to him.
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If I ever bought a truck just to put a shell on it I'd buy an SUV instead.
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If I ever bought a truck just to put a shell on it I'd buy an SUV instead.
That made zero sense.
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No that makes sense Korey, read it again lol
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If you have an ext cab, there's no room back there for people anyways so use that for your storage. I keep all my tool boxes and emergency stuff in the ext cab so that I don't have to put a box in my bed taking up space. I use my bed for hauling stuff and with the tailgate down it's only 7.5' long, and when you don't have a fullsize, you need all the space you can get. The narrow width of the bed doesn't help much either.

Toolboxes FTL.
I have a reg. cab...and I don't really put a lot in my bed. I want the tool box for extra storage and the tonneau cover so I can put stuff in such as groceries and luggage and not worry about it flying away. So to you toolboxes are FTL but for me they are FTW.
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only way this could work and look not obama'd...
That is just too funny....
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PICS!!!
Probably NOT 56k friendly though...

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notice my highly elaborate height adjustment device (aka scrap of treated 1x1)

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The tonneau is recycled from my original (don't remember the brand name) that came with aluminum rails & plastic snaps.
The seams started ripping off the snaps & it was a pain to unsnap & roll it up so I made a treated frame that sits just inside the bed rail protectors.
The cover sets about 1/4" above the bed sides & when closed, it fits snug up against the bottom lip of the toolbox.

Construction is pretty simple, 1"x1" treated decking for the frame (rounded edges over to eliminate snags), the corner braces are more treated decking scraps. Glued & screwed together with exterior glue & screws.
I even re-used the old aluminum bars to add a little curve to the top to keep snow & ice from building up on the top.

A couple of carriage bolts up front for the blocks to pivot on.
The blocks near the tailgate have a bolt that slides through the bedside lip & hold it in place. The bungee cords hold the back side of the cover down when I have wood or something else that won't fit under the cover.
It takes less than a minute to pull out the bolts on the back side (tailgate) and slide the cover back off the front bolts.

I use the 2x4's to support 4x8 plywood until I raise the tailgate.
The back one keeps groceries from sliding all the way up to the toolbox.

It ain't pretty underneath but it works perfectly for what I need.
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I really like tht...thnx!!
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okay, who the hell is maurice?

a sport trac hard folding tonneau should work, i measured it out once, and it looked promising...
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We can't catch a break with the weather.
A couple weeks ago we had 2"+ ice & 6"+ snow with lines & trees down everywhere, today we get 50mph+ winds (luckily the tornado's missed us) & more trees (mostly limbs that didn't fall before) down.

I love California winter, I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt today.
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The home made one looks amazing when it's done well done.
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okay, who the hell is maurice?
lifted97ranger (i think)
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thats a nice set up, but that is as worthless to me as a hard cover i need something to rolls up
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got this from a buddy for $20.
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i dont have any pics, but picture it under this :
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thats a nice set up, but that is as worthless to me as a hard cover i need something to rolls up
Yea come to think of it i would too...something that can roll and and preferably easy to remove if needed.
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I have a reg. cab...and I don't really put a lot in my bed. I want the tool box for extra storage and the tonneau cover so I can put stuff in such as groceries and luggage and not worry about it flying away. So to you toolboxes are FTL but for me they are FTW.
In that case, then I do agree.


Ext cab FTW, std cab FTL
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Wow, i've looked at this thread a couple of times and completely forget this is what I built on my last truck. Not the best pics, and I don't have any uploaded of it open.

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I am definetly liking buggman's setup.
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Thats what I'm making on my truck, i just finnished the tool box which sits flush with the bed rails, i still need to update the thread but this is where i will post pics when i start building the tonnaue cover

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=78990
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Ive got a box and tonneau on my bed. The tonneau is an extang...payed like $230 for it. This setup isnt completely waterproof but it does keep the bed dry for the most part. Ill try and get pics up at some point.
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took me awhile to find this post, had to find the members name first

sport trac soft tonneau and tool box
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If theres any questions on the sport trac bed size, i can messure mine for you


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Custom Tonneau Cover and a tool box. . . . .

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Custom Tonneau Cover and a tool box. . . . .

You don't happen to have a step-by-step guide on how you made your tonneau, do you?
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