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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2022 12:48 pm    Post subject: HELP! hinge issues on 83 pickup fiberglass tonneau cover instal Reply with quote

Im getting the 83 road ready. Been mostly in hibernation for over a decade.


Just had paint and am installing/trying to figure out the hinge setup on a rare fiberglass tonneau cover. I don't have any info on manufacture or model. It was from a parted pickup years ago and all I have is a box of hinge parts and questions.


I'm hoping there is someone here that may have one of these or know someone with one. Maybe I can get some pictures and/or information. Suggestions to retro fitting to a newer style tonneau hinge set up?


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Inside forward passenger side. Pictures to come of other uninstalled hinge parts.


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inside forward driver side


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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2022 6:48 am    Post subject: Re: HELP! hinge issues on 83 pickup fiberglass tonneau cover instal Reply with quote

I'm certain you know, but it's got to be said. There is not a lot of strength in the sheet metal. I look forward to see how you accomplish this task
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2022 9:23 am    Post subject: Re: HELP! hinge issues on 83 pickup fiberglass tonneau cover instal Reply with quote

Butcher wrote:
I'm certain you know, but it's got to be said. There is not a lot of strength in the sheet metal. I look forward to see how you accomplish this task


True. Im going to lay out the pieces and take pictures. It was designed for and off a truck so...

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2022 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: HELP! hinge issues on 83 pickup fiberglass tonneau cover instal Reply with quote

Finally got some pictures of this wacky hinge craziness. Makes little sense. The best I can figure from the above internet search picture is the "clock-spring" bolts to the top (short end on cover). And the pin slides in and out of the plate/bracket already attached to the underside of the tonneau cover.
Wait wuuuuut?



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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2022 7:17 am    Post subject: Re: HELP! hinge issues on 83 pickup fiberglass tonneau cover instal Reply with quote

What about gas struts?
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2022 8:12 am    Post subject: Re: HELP! hinge issues on 83 pickup fiberglass tonneau cover instal Reply with quote

Butcher wrote:
What about gas struts?


Absolutely my thoughts. I should have a $30 gas strut kit here from eBay soon.

After looking over this stone age "Rube Goldberg " catastrophe, my next venture is to find a workable hinge setup??
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2022 5:25 am    Post subject: Re: HELP! hinge issues on 83 pickup fiberglass tonneau cover instal Reply with quote

Butcher wrote:
What about gas struts?
Surprised
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1X-2Pcs-Car-Engine-Hood-L...ect=mobile

2011 thru 18 Ford Fiesta hood hinges may be the answer

https://www.ebay.com/itm/274418330945
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2022 8:56 am    Post subject: Re: HELP! hinge issues on 83 pickup fiberglass tonneau cover instal Reply with quote

I have no idea how much your cover weighs but many new cars hoods are aluminum. Most hoods I lift [that have no struts] and light. Most likely much lighter than your cover.

I'm no engineer but I'm certain there is some calculation that would determine the force that would be needed to keep it cover up.

The hinges look promising.
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