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 truckin.com 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.