I'm absolutely in love with this truck. You have done such a great job on this build. Beautiful.
Thanks for the kind words! I figure that the headache rack will just come off when the canopy goes on for less-optimal-weather camping.. the rack is only 4 bolts and are very easy to access.. so more like an unbolt one to bolt on the other situation. I originally thought of making a headache rack that has the outside posts outboard of where the canopy would be, and locate the rack between the canopy glass and the cab rear glass.. but the material would have to be too thin to be strong enough out of aluminum, and I anticipate it getting used a lot so really don't want to be constantly scratching up painted steel.Great build OP, best 2nd Gen build I've seen! I love how simple it is, yet it is well thought out and rugged. I am assuming with the addition of the headache rack, that you've decided to ditch the camper shell in favor of an open bed? After running both, what's your verdict between the two? I ask because I am debating the pros and cons of both for my new F-250 build. Keep up the good work, I am sub'd so that I can continue to follow this build.
The Mopar shaft P/N is 55351113AG.. after logging 190km of baaad forest service road this past weekend I'm sooo glad that I swapped back over to a new OEM steering shaft.. it is really hard to describe exactly how much less NVH the Mopar unit transmits compared to the Borgeson unit, and it doesn't feel like the rag joint is adding any perceivable "squishiness" to the steering wheel feel.Great build..... Any chance of getting a part number for that Mopar steering shaft...
That's impressive!Thanks! Braapping up 20-30% grades in 4-hi with 4 people in it and a bed full of strapped-down camping gear, 4th gear, 50-70 km/hour, and the turbo is whistling and the engine/tires are just grunting along going WUUUUHHHHHHHHHHRRRRHHHHHHUUUHHHHHH... it's awesome. I think this past trip made me fall back in love with the truck all over again.
I have dreams of running a shell on my 2017 F-250 for more storage, security, and a place to sleep when I am running solo. The quote I received for a Snugtop Super Sport with the Sportsman HD roof (500 lbs) and Yakima rack tracks was $3300, ouch. I don't know if it's just me, but I think that's rather steep for a fiberglass camper. For $1000 more I can get a commercial spec aluminum topper with fold up/out sides and rear doors. I love the look of the camper on a lifted truck and there's no denying what they offer to you in terms of added space/storage, security, and a place for you or your dogs to sleep. That said, they don't block out dust very well, they always seem to leak (even when new), they have crap resale, and they limit your visibility and ability to tow a 5th wheel without a cumbersome removal process.Tex68w's question about the future of the canopy got me thinking.. lately I've been pondering what to do with the canopy as it's very scratched and sun-faded on the top, so I'm not particularly married to keeping it unmodified. By this I mean I really have no reservations about drilling holes in the roof and fastening/sealing brackets for low-profile roof cross bars, which at the least would hold a 270-degree awning on one side, but potentially in the future hold a low-perimeter roof rack as well, if we need a bit extra storage room.
I've been wanting to clean up the carpet liner on the inside, epoxy glue some brackets/tabs on the ceiling to serve as locations to hang mesh shelves for storing water, phone, book, headlamp etc while sleeping in the back. I certainly need to give all the window seals a once-over and replace or re-seal as needed.. and replace the window mesh screens which have many duct-taped tears in them.
I can't even recall the make of the canopy anymore, but has anybody come across any threads of interest describing side glass seal maintenance/repair, or any interesting modifications to a canopy shell such as bolting/riveting/bonding/sealing brackets directly to the fiberglass shell, etc?