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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 18, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Hello,

What is the recomended bed cover for a 1970 El Camino?

We're looking for one that's hinged in the front. Good quality seals good,black with a textured look to it.

What brand and where to purchase?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 18, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a good rubberized bed liner as well
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If you got serious money to throw around
https://www.elcaminostore.com/el-cam...1968-1972.html
If you have a good bit
https://www.elcaminostore.com/el-cam...1968-1972.html
If you are a cheap bastage,
Make your own like my dad did. Plywood, wood underneath, PVC hinge, locks. Took it to a boat cover place and they put the vinyl over it.
(Pic of mine in Area 51)

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 18, 1:10 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Bed cover

That was a funny and informative post.

Judging by your post,I seem to fall into the category of not being a cheap bastage and don't have serious money to throw around,so the second choice seems perfect.Your recommendation appears to be a brand I looked up called Craftec.

It looks like the one to get.

Thank you.
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That was a funny and informative post.

Judging by your post,I seem to fall into the category of not being a cheap bastage and don't have serious money to throw around,so the second choice seems perfect.Your recommendation appears to be a brand I looked up called Craftec.

It looks like the one to get.

Thank you.
I'm in the cheapest bastard, I have one that someone else made!
I have see the $400ish one on someone else's El Camino at a show, and they seem nice. Very light, not sure how weather proof. Mine (like the 1st choice) is very waterproof except at the back window. Mine had a cover on it when my dad got it in 1997, with the turn connectors at the front, and snaps all the way around with the 2 bows in the middle. We re-used the connectors at the front, by the back window since they were already there. I don't like the latch system on the Craftec one, (at least on the 64-67 ones). Mine has a key lock at each back corner, that grabs tabs under the cover. And since it overhangs the top of the tailgate, it is basically a locked trunk. In the way of "Keeps honest people honest" like most locks. And if someone did tear into it, it wouldn't hurt the Bed, just the cover attachments.
I have contacted Craftec in the past, asking if they could make a blue one, no luck.
The only downside to mine is that it is a bit heavy, and unless you get real creative with padding, is a 2 person (even 2 kids) job to put on or take off (but simple to open and close)because of the size, not weight.

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Looking for a good rubberized bed liner as well
Quiet Ride offers some nice ones but rubber liners tend to hold in moisture, which promotes rust.
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Re: Bed cover

this is what I used & like a lot. you can take it on & off when need be. it's not water tight but I don't think any of them are. they look great and don't ad a lot of weight to your ride.
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here's a link: craftecinc.com
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63 Wagonman
I see you are in California. Kind of a big state.
There is an older used Gaylord fiberglass on CL in OC. $300. It is for 3rd gen El Camino. It appears to be when they were heavier. Needs paint and hardware. Gaylord is still around, so you should be able to get parts.
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this is what I used & like a lot. you can take it on & off when need be. it's not water tight but I don't think any of them are. they look great and don't ad a lot of weight to your ride.
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here's a link: craftecinc.com

Same one on my 71, very happy with it.
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You can't go wrong with a CraftTec cover, good people to deal with, stand behind their product, have one on my 70 El Camino, but note, they are not completely watertite. If you go this way, this is the same one offered by the El Camino Store and OPGI, etc. See who has the best price vs buying it direct from Craftec. Check pictures on my Garage.
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another vote for craftec

I have a blue one on my 69 for at least 3 seasons now. all good.

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Craftec I had one on my Elcamino also.


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