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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-13-2009, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Tonneau Cover

Well this tonneau cover is very easy to make and can be finished in a couple of hours.
It is good for protecting stereo equipment from the elements or deterring thefts.

Materials needed
Plywood and vinyl

Tools need
Saw, drill and stapler

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Ok start by measuring from the back window to just past the fourth bolt. Then measures from the driver side to the passenger side. You are measuring from the window because it needs to go up so you can secure the tail gate. Then mark your plywood and remember measures twice, cut once. Cut out the basic shape.


Then put it up on the bronco and measures the space where the seats go and the hole for the handle for the tail gate. And now cut it out.


Put it back up for a test fit and measures the place for the bolts.



Then drill the holes and test fit one more time.


Now its time to put the vinyl on.


Places the plywood on the vinyl and cut off the extra material.



Now this is the hard part cut, fold and staple the vinyl to the plywood not your colths.



Ok find the holes and open them up with a drill bit.


Put it back on and bolt it down.



I made this top for about $20. The plywood is easy to find at any hardware store. the hard part is picking which wood to buy. The vinyl I found in down town L.A. from $16 to $9. The other idea I had was to make a frame out of 2X4’s for support, I wanted to make it strong so you can stand on it. Later I will work on that but this is good for now.



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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-13-2009, 02:50 PM
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Wow what a great idea, my back seat is out so I could make a longer one......what do the bolts screw into....?

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Well if you look at the pic of the bolts you can see the stock bolt fasteners. Then i put them back where the hard top bolts on.


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I made this top for about $20. The plywood is easy to find at any hardware store. the hard part is picking which wood to buy. The vinyl I found in down town L.A. from $16 to $9. The other idea I had was to make a frame out of 2X4s for support, I wanted to make it strong so you can stand on it. Later I will work on that but this is good for now.
Ill take a picture of mine this weekend... I made a frame with this type of tonneau. My frame has hinges and a master lock. Turned out nice

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I really like the tonneau cover, and think I'm going to build the same thing. Could you post the dimensions of the wood you bought, or better yet, the final dimensions? I like how you custom cut in to go around the back seat

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You've almost made a trunk lid! I like how you are effectively locking the tailgate by rasing the window a little (for those who dont know, the tailgate is not SUPPOSED to open until the window is all the way down). Can you get the rear seat to fold down from the inside? You'd have to pretty much KNOW the bronco before you could get back in there though..

now not talking TOO crazy, you could cut a rectangular section with about 3 inches on all sides, put a piano hinge across the back by the seat, and made 2 lips across the sides for the rest of the top to sit on.from the back of the seat straight across, and added a piano hinge it would lift up like a trunk lid (or better, make this section from fiberglass w/ some re-enforcing peices of wood to make it lighter). You could lock the lid with either a lock setup from the back of an old truck cap, or use some cabinet locks on the left and right side. This would probably take your tab to near $75
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May be it could be bolted to the side in place on to the top of the quarter panel so you could use it with or without the top

I have the inside spare tire carrier...

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It's been a couple years since you posted it, but one of your dimensions is off. 31.25 x 2 + 6 = 68.5
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before putting the vinyl on, you can secure a metal tube on the bottom of the plywood to help any flexing that might happen. Sure it'll add weight but it'll help keep it more sturdy. or how about a steel strip? paint, and bolt.

but i really like this idea. could even add an extension to the top and make a bikini top for the rear.

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I know it is an old topic, but I loved it so much I had to post. Any way we could get an update to how it held up? I'm going to make one that opens. Thank you for the post
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It's possible... but might be a long shot. fntzma - Last Activity: 02-04-2016

I was very occupied back in '09 and missed this one completely, so I'm glad you brought it back.
great idea. my '90 has the inside spare but my next Bronco should have a rear hanger and I'd very much like to do this with mine.
Think I'd use a little angle iron and stiffen that cover right up.

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great idea. my '90 has the inside spare but my next Bronco should have a rear hanger and I'd very much like to do this with mine.
Think I'd use a little angle iron and stiffen that cover right up.
How about reinforcing the tonneau cover with a vertical brace in the middle that doubles as a tire carrier mount, expedition van style?
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Thanks for bringing this thread back to the surface. What an awesome idea! With a little tweaking, it could be combined with that soft tonneau cover you can no longer get to give you some security when pulling it off.

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Awesome! I'll definitely be making one this summer after I finally get the beast painted, or maybe I'll add another row of seats

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