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#573707 - 06/02/20 04:01 PM Car Covers  
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Having a lot of yard work done right now, and that includes having a driveway poured on the side of the house.
Unfortunately that also means that my 2004 Duramax with 59,400 miles on it is going to leave the protection of the garage and be stored outside for the forseeable future. Can't put the boat out there, so put that idea out of your brain.

Trying to research car covers and not sure which one is the right one to get to protect the paint and keep the truck looking as good as possible.
A $50 generic one is out of the question, but they run up to over $800 for a custom made outdoor cover. Stopped by our local Boat cover shop and he can custom make a single layer felt lined one for about $600.

Any experience with covers for trucks that only get driven 1000 miles between their yearly emissions inspection?


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#573710 - 06/03/20 08:14 AM Re: Car Covers [Re: Justification]  
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Think i'd lean towards the custom made one for $600.

Can't imagine it will be a lot of fun to put on & off.

Do you have a tonneau cover that would support the cover over the bed?


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#573712 - 06/03/20 11:40 AM Re: Car Covers [Re: Justification]  
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Justi, I know you guys don't get any rain down there laugh but for those rare occasions when you might get a sprinkle or two, why not consider these wood supports for the bed of your truck to keep rain from dragging the cover down into the bed.

They fasten into metal "stays" that you screw to the side of the bed, then just get some wood lath to run side-to-side to bow the cover up. I tried to find a linky to the metal stays but couldn't. You could probably find them at your local boat canvas maker.

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I ran the ropes the length of the boat to keep them in place. Works just fine where we keep the boat down in AZ.

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#573716 - 06/03/20 01:13 PM Re: Car Covers [Re: Justification]  
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Wow, my Dodge is a 2004 and it has 225k miles. I'm keeping this for as long as possible.


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#573718 - 06/03/20 01:29 PM Re: Car Covers [Re: Justification]  
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My 2002 Dodge Ram had 196k on it when we got rid of it last fall. Mechanically it was still doing pretty good - the body not so much.


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#573721 - 06/03/20 05:17 PM Re: Car Covers [Re: Justification]  
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The truck is in really good shape, as it doesn't really get driven much (DUH 60K miles at 16years old) and has been kept in the garage since day 1. Yes there is a roll top bed cover to keep water from collecting on whichever Car Cover I finally decide on..
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I'd love a new Diesel as the new engines are about 50% higher in both Torque and Horsepower, but also about 50% higher in cost, and General Motors has decided that the only option for an interior is black, which I despise as its' too bloody hot. The admiral wants to take over possession of the 3/4 ton, but after getting into her lesbaru and seeing how much stuff she has strewn around it, that just ain't happening.
The diesel is about as old as my half ton was when it got pulled from the garage, and that truck took a quick turn for the worse, to the point where I'm actively in line for a complete tear down and rebuild.
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It was supposed to go to a "Hot Rod" shop in March, but he hasn't finished some other projects, so I'm already concerned that what should be a 6 month project will turn into 2 years.
In an effort to save some costs I've already ordered many new parts and started the tear down myself. It doesn't make ANY financial sense to rebuild a 29 Year old Chevy, but the emotional value of that truck makes it worthwhile to me to spend as much as a new truck would cost.
You'll notice the black cowl hood is ready for prep, and I've already replaced the old 16 inch wheels for some newer 18 inch takeoffs.. we'll tear out the interior and upgrade to new (used) seats that are heated and air conditioned. Color change from the red velour interior to gray leather, and swap out the Cassette stereo system to a new bluetooth CD system, with a nav system where the Cassette player was. The open rear diff with Drum brakes will be swapped to a locking diff with Discs, and upgrade the front discs to something beefier.

Ain't this coronavirus lockdown fun in getting projects started that have been simmering in the background for years? About a 30% cut in hours, but my expenses have increased with the initiation of mulitple home improvement and car improvement projects.


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#573722 - 06/03/20 09:28 PM Re: Car Covers [Re: Justification]  
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Justification that is an awesome project. Was considering doing something with my 02 Ram but ultimately decided it was best just to let it go. Keep us posted on your progress.


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#573727 - 06/04/20 12:23 PM Re: Car Covers [Re: Justification]  
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I gotta confess--I am envious of you guys who can tear stuff down and rebuild it. I didn't grow up in a "mechanically inclined" family so never got into turning wrenches. My son, OTOH is a great tech. I sent him to diesel mechanic school at Wyo Tech and he's been gainfully employed ever since. That's one investment that has really paid off.

He and his wife just moved to TX. He had a job in a shop down there before they moved and he's loving it. It's a shop that is in a wealthy area north of Houston and they specialize in things like Maserati, Ferrari, etc. He sent me some pics one day of the vehicles in the shop. One was a huge GMC pickup that was armored. It was brand new (sticker price just north of $550,000) and the new owner was having some stuff installed on it. The guy isn't a drug dealer, just likes his fancy toys.

Good luck with the rebuild. Please keep us posted.


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#573730 - 06/05/20 08:17 AM Re: Car Covers [Re: Justification]  
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Agree with keeping as long as possible. Prices on new trucks are nuts.I'd like a new one but don't want to pay for it.


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#573732 - 06/05/20 01:29 PM Re: Car Covers [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Originally Posted by GoFirstClass
I gotta confess--I am envious of you guys who can tear stuff down and rebuild it.

Good luck with the rebuild. Please keep us posted.

The tear down is the easy part, it's the rebuilding stuff that the shop is supposed to do, cause much of it is beyond my abilities.

Bit concerned that it will even happen, even though he promises me I'm on his schedule. He knows I've ordered many parts and will include an inventory list of what is ordered and delivered when I drop off the truck, but the radio silence from him is deafening.
Going out on a limb with the tear down at home before he calls to say he's ready for me, but hope things will start moving soon. He knows I'm willing and able to do some of the cleaning and putting back together, but all the body work and wiring is his, as is the artistic vision. It's amazing to hear the ideas that just flow from someone who knows what he's doing when I tell him about an specific issue or desire.


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#573750 - 06/08/20 12:56 PM Re: Car Covers [Re: Justification]  
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Are you repainting whole truck or just the hood?


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#573755 - 06/09/20 04:10 PM Re: Car Covers [Re: Justification]  
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I have a Weathershield HP cover on a car I have outside and it has done a good job keeping it dry and clean. I bought it from CarCoverUSA.com. It wasn't cheap, but so far, has been a lot better than the Noah cover it replaced.


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#573768 - 06/10/20 10:47 PM Re: Car Covers [Re: captkevin]  
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Originally Posted by captkevin
Are you repainting whole truck or just the hood?

Whole truck will be stripped and repainted.
Gotta be able to drive the truck to the shop, so the drivers seat is left in place, but I've gutted most of the interior the other day and was very pleased with what I'm seeing about the condition of the floor. [Linked Image]
No rust at all where I've pulled the carpet.
Not so true on the lower panel on the extended cab portion behind the passenger door.
Not seeing rust through, but definite rust bubbles are showing through the paint along most of the bottom of that panel.
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Not as bad as it could be, but all the flaws will show when the truck gets stripped.
The worst known rust in the truck is actually over the windshield where windshield replacement guys scratched the paint and water collected, rusting through across much of the frame there. The shop has seen pictures from when the windshield was last replaced, and he has a plan on how to fix it.


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#573871 - 06/27/20 06:30 PM Re: Car Covers [Re: Justification]  
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Decided to go with the Covercraft Car Cover. The admiral ordered it for me for fathers day and it's supposed to be here tuesday afternoon. Pictures on fit and a review when it shows up.
In the mean time the tear down on the Stepside is about as far as I can go without needing to trailer it to the shop. Dude says he should be ready for me in a couple weeks, but we'll see.
Which brings up the question, What is this called?
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It's one of the bolts that I had trouble undoing. It holds the jack storage box in place with the short threaded section, then a wingnut holds the cover in place. google works better when you call something you're searching for by it's proper name, so I'm really having trouble finding a way to order a replacement part.


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#573889 - 06/30/20 03:28 PM Re: Car Covers [Re: Justification]  
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That is one wild looking bolt. Sorry I got nothing to help out.

Going to be one sweet truck when its done.


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