I like that, and it wil work, and I have just the right sized piece of rubber membrane. I shot this together with solid MS ----- AD 5-8 solid rivets, by myself. A few of them have some smiles on them, but it ain't flying anywhere, so I left them. It was difficult to do the reach around for the middle area, one hand driving the rivet, the other hand bucking the tail. I could drill them out and place a very thin piece of rubber membrane in, but I need another hand to hold it. I used cleekos (sp?) to assemble and have a series of pics along the way, haven't loaded them yet.How about taking a 3 inch wide strip of rubber and sandwiching it between the two section of the top so that covers the hinge and it is held in by the bolts that are holding your hinge to the two top sections.
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My original intention was to provide a tie point for bungees and straps for the dog training gear I haul around that doesn't fit under the cover. The turn-latch kinda happened without much thought til I realized it would hold the plate down snug with seal compression under it. I thought of putting a dowel through both sides, then looked at it and realized I could just slap a paddle lock on it and it won't lift beyond the lock. The diamond plate is soft enough that if someone really wanted in, a little force would stretch the slots, and they could steal the contents, if I left it unattended long enough.Looks awesome, the way you slotted the rear holes to allow for easy locking/unlocking is brilliant!
I did the riveting on the bed just for the sake of stability while shooting rivets. It could be done off, but likely need another person able to handle one side.How much w/shipping? LOL, great write-up and pix. Would it be easier, to rivit if it was off the bed. Or is that not an option?
Yes, I have access to a break. It can be done without one though.Nice job very neat and well done. How hard was it to bend the aluminum. Did you have a break for that.