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  1. DIY Hillbilly II Hard, Incline Truck Bed Cover for the 2019/2020 Ford Ranger (New, enhanced designed pretty Tonneau)

    Both gas lifters "in action" on mulch gathering day. Notice the right gas lifter ladder frame had to be modified to fit properly.
  2. DIY Hillbilly II Hard, Incline Truck Bed Cover for the 2019/2020 Ford Ranger (New, enhanced designed pretty Tonneau)

    Project construction tips/hints/suggestions: By far, the installation and the adjustment for the gas lifters was the most time consuming due the 5 foot truck bed cover width span. The angle and the load on "both" gas lifters had to be almost perfect (the same) for smooth and proper operation...
  3. DIY Hillbilly II Hard, Incline Truck Bed Cover for the 2019/2020 Ford Ranger (New, enhanced designed pretty Tonneau)

    Incline Truck Bed Cover Construction Tips/Hints/Suggestions Spring loaded 10 mm ball socket "quick release" for the top end (or bottom end) of an universal gas strut/lifter. This toolless design makes life easier when releasing the gas struts from the truck bed cover panel. Pics below Gas...
  4. DIY Hillbilly II Hard, Incline Truck Bed Cover for the 2019/2020 Ford Ranger (New, enhanced designed pretty Tonneau)

    Incline Truck Bed Cover Construction Tips/Hints/Suggestions For those who want to save time, money and not worry about cover panel security just move the pressure treated hinge cross brace "up" almost even with to two bed rails tops (~ 1.0 " - (minus) hinge thickness) Then obtain two...
  5. DIY Hillbilly II Hard, Incline Truck Bed Cover for the 2019/2020 Ford Ranger (New, enhanced designed pretty Tonneau)

    Had to go to several junk yards to find more aluminum materials to construct another gas lift mounting bracket. The picture below shows the gas lifter mounting hardware with the poly suspension bump stops. When the truck bed cover is at the maximum designed incline angle with the maximum...
  6. DIY Hillbilly II Hard, Incline Truck Bed Cover for the 2019/2020 Ford Ranger (New, enhanced designed pretty Tonneau)

    Good, now find a solution to prevent leaks in a truck bed cover that has seams and not just the tailgate section for complete overall leakage prevention. BTW - If you haven't notice but this thread is about the construction of a incline truck bed cover with no seams and no leaks. :cool:
  7. DIY Hillbilly II Hard, Incline Truck Bed Cover for the 2019/2020 Ford Ranger (New, enhanced designed pretty Tonneau)

    That would help but a tri-fold with seams is still prone to leaks. Most Tonneau manufacturers, in fine print, put disclaimers that their truck bed covers do leak and there is no guarantee that they will not leak. That is why I decided to construct a one piece truck bed cover with zero seams and...
  8. DIY Hillbilly II Hard, Incline Truck Bed Cover for the 2019/2020 Ford Ranger (New, enhanced designed pretty Tonneau)

    Incline Truck Bed Cover Construction Tips/Hints/Suggestions The required bottom ladder frame supports the top truck bed cover and adds strength to keep it from warping and bending. Keep the ladder frame away from both truck bed rail edges by at least 3/4" or you will have trouble installing the...
  9. DIY Hillbilly II Hard, Incline Truck Bed Cover for the 2019/2020 Ford Ranger (New, enhanced designed pretty Tonneau)

    Future upgrades and additions for the incline truck bed cover (prioritized in order): #8. Design and replace gas strut mounting hardware with universal 3/8" clevis pins with hairpins for quick, toolless removal of gas lifter top arms (in about ~ 10 seconds) Since having two common "universal"...
  10. DIY Hillbilly II Hard, Incline Truck Bed Cover for the 2019/2020 Ford Ranger (New, enhanced designed pretty Tonneau)

    I found the 5' wide plywood sheathing "by accident" by going to Menards. Two 3/8" 18-8 SS hex bolts/nylon nuts were used. I used a pressure treated 2 x 4 so the bolt length is ~ 2 3/4" for easy fastener (nuts) and bulk head attachment. See all the above pictures. A trifold with 3 seams will...
  11. DIY Pimping the 16" Steelies on the 2019/2020 Ford Ranger XL

    He can't paint my 16" steelies black with two broken arms.:LOL:
  12. DIY Hillbilly II Hard, Incline Truck Bed Cover for the 2019/2020 Ford Ranger (New, enhanced designed pretty Tonneau)

    Added two Polyurethane suspension bump stops, to keep the gas lifter mounting hardware from twisting. Keep in mind, that one gas strut is being used to hold 53 pounds spanning 5 feet wide. Using two gas lifters would have been better. Updated - changed to using two gas lifters (not one) Back to...
  13. DIY Hillbilly II Hard, Incline Truck Bed Cover for the 2019/2020 Ford Ranger (New, enhanced designed pretty Tonneau)

    I have a policy that anything added to my new Ford Ranger there will be no drilling and machining on the Ranger. That being said, I added only one gas lifter (two is much better but I wanted to keep one as a spare) to the truck bed rails was a totally bone head, insane design decision plus...
  14. DIY Hillbilly II Hard, Incline Truck Bed Cover for the 2019/2020 Ford Ranger (New, enhanced designed pretty Tonneau)

    DIY project construction problems: The hardest part, of this DIY project, was designing, constructing and installing the hardware for the two pivot hinges and the mounting brackets for the gas lifter plus the gas lifter angle/load/fastener simulation and testing. The hinges were custom made...
  15. DIY Hillbilly II Hard, Incline Truck Bed Cover for the 2019/2020 Ford Ranger (New, enhanced designed pretty Tonneau)

    Future upgrades and additions (prioritized in order): 1. (Done) Upgrade from the no frills panel - add SealOnce "Nano Guard" preminm wood sealant only to bottom panel cover surface for wood protection from water, mold and decay. (For sealed, weather protective cover panel) 2. (Done) Upgrade...
  16. DIY Pimping the 16" Steelies on the 2019/2020 Ford Ranger XL

    My nephew is buying black paint :facepalm:
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