Tonneau Cover, Anyone?

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Tonneau Cover, Anyone?

Post by 04tbird75002 » Sun Oct 26, 2014 1:53 am

Hey Folks, I am a newbie to Thundebirds: I have been a Triumph TR3 guy since 1961. I just sold my last TR3B, as I could no longer afford the maintenance and upkeep. Nuff said. I bought a beautiful silver 04 Premium Edition, and got a few things that it needed from I told Aaron that he ought to look into devising a bonafide European-style tonneau - complete with zipper - that doesn't require 25 holes drilled into the body work. Heck, he already has the rear portion figured out, a la his convertible top boot.

That said, have any of you contemplated a tonneau cover? My Sister and Brother-in-Law bought a new '64-1/2 Mustang convertible back then, and had a real nice tonneau added. Of course, it was done by an aftermarket outfit, at a significant cost, but it was a beautiful cover, and kept out bird poop, rain, dirt, UV rays, and prying eyes. So, I thought I would ask you pros if any of you have considered a tonneau for your retro bird.


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Re: Tonneau Cover, Anyone?

Post by bluebird02 » Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:29 am

I'm also new to the Retro bird world, but am a old british man myself. TR3, TR4s, etc. Just sold a TR8, plus Jaguars. Anyways, I completely agree with you on a nice Tonneau. During the summer months, I use nothing but the tonneau cover, as long as it covers the cockpit completely. Looks much more stylish also. If you hear about on being made, please let me know.

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Post by Eagle_Eye96 » Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:15 pm

I thought Tonneau covers are only for pickup trucks. Never seen one on a car.

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Re: Tonneau Cover, Anyone?

Post by Alan H. Tast » Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:06 pm

When dealing with post-Classic T-birds, i.e. 1958-1966 and 2002-2005 convertibles, the definition of "tonneau" typically has the connotation of a fiberglass cover over the rear seats a'la the 1962-63 Sports Roadsters and the optional fiberglass cover for 1964-1966. What you're looking for is what most people consider a tonneau cover, a vinyl/fabric assembly that covers the entire cockpit, and can be unzipped to expose the driver's seat, and usually is held in place with snap fasteners (1955-1957 T-birds offered this). I believe that there have been aftermarket manufacturers for these, but I haven't seen many outfitted with them. They're out there, but you may have to contact a few vendors that specialize in Retro 'Birds to find one.
Alan H. Tast, AIA
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Author, "Thunderbird 1955-1966" & "Thunderbird 50 Years"
1963 Hardtop & 1963 Sports Roadster

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