Project Over/Un­der: Part Four

From beat-up bed to all the stor­age with Snug, Yakima, and BedRug


When we left our “Beat to Neat” Project Over/Un­der, we had com­pleted the in­te­rior, made some power, and had things run­ning pretty well un­der the hood. We have not yet ad­dressed the ex­te­rior what­so­ever. If you read the ed­i­tor’s col­umn, you may have no­ticed we’ve slowly been clean­ing off the stock mold­ings and badges and do­ing some primer­ing, but that’s about it. Well, that ends to­day, be­cause any over­land-style truck worth its salt needs more than a beat-up, empty bed. We spent a lit­tle time de­cid­ing what we wanted. Ex­tra stor­age, ob­vi­ously. But we were also look­ing for more of a sporty look, as op­posed to us­ing full-on rock­crawler ac­ces­sories. And, as with ev­ery com­po­nent of this build, we were look­ing for nice-look­ing, func­tional items that don’t break the bank.

Our first call was to SnugTop, in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, from which we or­dered a cus­tom shell— in primer, of course. We chose the life­time-war­ranty Rebel de­sign, which fea­tures tinted slid­ers on the front and sides and a flush-mount-look rear glass. The in­side of the shell fea­tures a full car­pet kit, 12-volt LED light, and dual USB ports. Also from SnugTop was the Yakima Core­bar sys­tem—the base setup for run­ning a roof rack on the shell. Com­bined with the rest of the Yakima sys­tem, namely the Me­gaWar­rior roof rack bas­ket with not one but two Me­gaWar­rior Ex­ten­tions, this is one of the big­gest Yakima racks ever built! It is, af­ter all, a longbed. Speak­ing of longbeds, BedRug didn’t have a part num­ber for this ex­act truck, so we picked up a uni­ver­sal BedMat and trimmed it to fit per­fectly. We be­gan the in­stall at our fa­vorite truck bed out­fit­ters, Dis­count Camper Shells in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, and later added the Me­gaWar­rior bas­ket and BedMat in our friend’s brand-new garage.

Now we have a clean, se­cure stor­age area where a beat-up bed used to be, not to men­tion a cou­ple hun­dred pounds of stor­age up top. And fi­nally, we have a com­po­nent that helps give us that over­land style we have been tout­ing. This build is get­ting more ex­cit­ing ev­ery day. Check back ev­ery month to see what we do next. And check out to see all our in­stall­ments so far.

1. But don’t let the old-school store­front fool you; the show­room is loaded with just about ev­ery bed top­per or ac­ces­sory we could think of. Dis­count is also a huge re­source for camper shell re­place­ment parts. 1.

Even if you or­der your SnugTop di­rect from the fac­tory (which hap­pens to be in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia), you will still be di­rected to your near­est SnugTop dealer for in­stal­la­tion. We’re lucky to have one of the best in the busi­ness right in our back­yard. Dis­count Camper Shells has been in busi­ness since 1973 and knows how to get you the truck ac­ces­sories you need—fast.

2. When we ar­rived at the shop, the crew had the SnugTop Rebel ready to go. The Yakima rails were al­ready in­stalled, as was the Yakima Core cross­bar sys­tem. The pur­pose-built fork­lift was even revving up. 2.

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