Tonneau material

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Tonneau material

Postby egrant5329 » Thu May 18, 2017 3:56 pm

What material are most of the tonneau covers made out of? I assume something like Sunbrella Marine Grade http://www.sailrite.com/Sunbrella-6003- ... key-Red-60

Since I have a hard 1/2 tonneau cover, I want to make a 1/2 tonneau to cover the open cockpit. I set the hard tonneau up so I can use my full tonneau cover over the hard, which is needed if it is raining, but I'd prefer to make a cover for just the open half that fits properly over the helmet fairing.

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Re: Tonneau material

Postby beck688 » Thu May 18, 2017 5:03 pm

mine is made from pinpoint vinyl
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Re: Tonneau material

Postby egrant5329 » Fri May 19, 2017 4:16 am

Thanks I'll take a look at the material. I suspect mine, from 1986, is made from that.
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Re: Tonneau material

Postby danstern » Fri May 19, 2017 6:25 am

I had Greg at Vintage make me a ½ cover to go with the aluminum passenger side tonneau.
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Re: Tonneau material

Postby egrant5329 » Fri May 19, 2017 7:07 am

Dan,
Could you post some pics? If you have a helmet fairing, I am curious to see how they made it fit on or around the fairing. For me part of the fun is making things myself when I can. My helmet fairing cushion came out pretty good, so I thought I'd try do to the cover. I have some made in England tenax pulls, like are on my regular tonneau so I just need the material and binding. I have some left over marine grade vinyl and thought about using it, but I don't think it would be the best choice of material.
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Re: Tonneau material

Postby danstern » Sat May 20, 2017 6:35 am

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Here are some pictures. It would leak around the head rest if it was raining (though not badly. It should be a little tighter there. Important is to have it overlap the aluminum by several inches. My full cover can be placed over the aluminum side as well.
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Tonneau material

Postby egrant5329 » Sat May 20, 2017 2:10 pm

Thanks for the pics. I was thinking of making mine so it goes over the helmet fairing.

I don't know about yours, but mine will leak around the edge of the hard tonneau, which is why I set mine up so I can use the full tonneau cover if needed. I want the soft half mainly to throw on quickly when I drive to work so I can protect the seats from the sun/dirt and keep hands and noses out of the interior.

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Re: Tonneau material

Postby danstern » Sat May 20, 2017 2:17 pm

Agreed. I can use the full tonneau over aluminum as well. I live in SoCal and carefully check weather before a ten day trip.
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Re: Tonneau material

Postby gotowo » Sat May 27, 2017 5:43 am

Make one like they do for the originals...
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Re: Tonneau material

Postby egrant5329 » Sat May 27, 2017 6:20 am

That cover would definitely be easy to make!
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Re: Tonneau material

Postby RBP » Sun May 28, 2017 5:39 am

Ya but I'd like to see you drive with that! :sadnana:
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Tonneau material

Postby egrant5329 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:22 pm

Well...this is far from my best work, but to do this type of stuff you really need a walking foot/ straight stitch machine. My old Singer 301 barely could handle the multi-layers and keeping proper thread tension was hard, but all in all it came out ok.

I thought about adding a piece that covered the front of the helmet fairing and may still add it, but I'm done for now.
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Re: Tonneau material

Postby RBP » Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:26 pm

Looks pretty dam good to me! I certainly couldn't do that nice a job, hate to see what I'd create if I tried it.
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Re: Tonneau material

Postby egrant5329 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:47 pm

Thanks. I'm all in for about $70 in materials (Haartz Seamark,binding and Tenax pulls) and a few hours of figuring it out and sewing it. That little helmet cushion was a lot harder mainly because of the tight corners.
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