Tonneau Cover

This is my tonneau cover idea for my 2016 Ford F150 XLT 4×4 short box.

For years now I’ve been wanting to buy a DiamondBack tonneau cover. As far as I’m concerned, this is the best option available on the market for what I would like to use my cover for.

I want a secure cover that provides me with many options for what I can put UNDER IT, and even more options for what I can put ON IT. Two hurdles that I have run into on this product. The price is steep, over $2000 CAD for the black finish. The second, I want the ability to secure items in the best way possible, and have the flexibility to easily change that. So as I normally do, I am making a cover myself.

Why one piece?

In my mind, you only need a cover to fold out of the way because you don’t want to, or can’t put the item you need on top of the cover. So if this cover can hold more than my cargo capacity, I’m not worried about anything I put on it.

What if I need to get another load of gravel or dirt?

I will be attaching the tonneau cover from the under side using these Bessey STC-HH70 toggle clamps. Great strength, and as things may wear, these clamps will auto adjust to make up that difference. And the biggest plus, a very quick and tool-less way of attaching and removing the cover from my truck box.

Now I just need to source my material and begin cutting and shaping. I’ll update when I have some things together.

They are done! Very quick turn around from my local Langley Metal Mart with their new waterjet table. The shape is exactly as I had imagined, although, looking back I would change the tailgate end to match the curve a little better.

Why so many rectangular holes? My thoughts; instead of attaching an e-track on top of the aluminum sheets, why not cut holes to provide a flat surface for many different uses. The sheet thickness (1/8″) is more than the usual thickness of steel e-track (about 0.100″).

I have already ordered the lengths needed for the frame under the checker plate sheets. Once those are ready, I can begin cutting and shaping the channels to match the curves of the box. Then the welding can begin. I don’t own an aluminum welder myself, but I’ve already lined up a rental from a local company for a decent price.

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