Has anyone purchased and installed a fiberglass tonneau on a 1970 El Camino. I have been looking on the web and Gaylords keeps coming up.
I would like to have a cover that looks good and is watertight. Any tips, suggestions or sources for such covers will be appreciated. Thanks, John
06-18-2006, 09:03 PM
I have a Gaylord on my 86, I'm very happy with it. I don't thinkyou'll ever get anything truly watertight though.
06-19-2006, 04:40 AM
I'm very pleased with the Gaylord bed cover on my 87. It combines quality and good looks. They are a little high price, but you will not be disappointed. You get what you pay for.
07-03-2006, 07:29 AM
Like LeoC2 and 87ElCamino I have a Gaylord bed lid on my 87.The first thing I did when I purchased it about 4 years ago was to remove the 39 snaps that held the material cover.The Gaylord has a space next to the back winshield where water goes into a tray and a hole can be drilled to drain it through the metal sides.I chose not to drill the drain hole and instead let the water drain out the rear of the tailgate.At home when it is outside the truck sits at an angle and drains fine.If yours is much higher in the rear it may trap some water.On mine I have the bed covered with 12 in. by 12 in. snap together rubber mat available in many colors that can easily be cut with scissors to shape.I got mine at West Marine but they are not hard to find.Like LeoC2 said it will never be totally waterproof.I additionally have a low height plastic storage bin and a rubber bottomed fishing tackle bag to keep some items totally dry.Spraying the canvas fishing bag with silicone spray made for camping tents ,boots etc. does the trick for me.The good thing about the fiberglass lid is O.P.G.I. sells a low profile third brake light .With the El Camino brake lights down low in the bumpers and a little hard to see by a vehicle behind you it really is a good upgrade.Like 87ElCamino said it is not cheap but I am glad I did mine this way.Two gas shock hold it in the open position.Removal of the two forward hinge pins,unplug the small brake light and the lid comes off for transporting big items.