Looks like I neglected to let everyone know that I picked up a free canopy for The Truck from a guy at work.
He said it was $1600 new but it’s been around the block a few times.
Still, free is a very good price as Cederq reminded me.
If you aren’t a local then you won’t catch that it was an inside joke.
Tom Peterson had a furniture store over in Portland for years and was famous for his crazy commercials. Free is a very good price was one of his slogans.
Anyways, it took some modifying to fit the bed rails of my Chevy. It came off a Dodge and apparently the bed rails were a bit wider.
There was a 90 degree lip that slipped inside the bed rails on the Dodge that wouldn’t let it sit flat on mine. I clamped the thing on Cattywampus and took it to work. My boss let me use a forklift with some fork extensions on it so I could pick the thing up and then I cut that lip off of both sides to get it to sit flat on the bed rails.
The back glass got shattered out of it, those are VERY expensive, some of the mounting hardware for it disappeared and the guy ripped the shit out of the headliner trying to pick it up with the bucket on his tractor to set it on my truck.
Even with all that it doesn’t look terrible from the outside.
Just don’t look inside too closely. I’m going to have to finish taking the headliner completely out.
I will probably Cheap Out and try getting a piece of Plexi Glass to make a back window for it.
A quick internet search tells me they want anywhere from $350 to $500 for a new glass.
The bottom piece the glass was glued to that has the handle and latches is in the garage waiting to get cleaned up already.
The Wifely Unit got pissed off when I brought it home. She asked me how I was supposed to haul anything with it now.
I asked her what the fuck she needed hauled because it’s my damn truck.
Ten years from now she will bring that up I’m sure but for now it stopped that conversation.
Yeah, it makes it a pain in the ass to haul shit in but I am wanting shit to stay dry once I get it in there, including my narrow ass if I decide to take a fishing trip or go camping. It does tend to rain around here occasionally. Like six feet a year on average.
I can tell you right now that it’ going to take at least four pretty stout guys to get it back off in one piece. It’s fiberglass with four big slabs of glass on the sides.
If I need to get it off in a hurry for some reason I’ll just unclamp it and slide it off the ass end.
It breaks then it breaks.
Shit happens and I’m not really out any money.
In the mean time it certainly didn’t stop me from hauling four loads of yard debris up to the recycling place.