You would think with today’s economy that consumers would think twice about adding after market curb appeal products to their car or truck. Just not the case.
Well I was ambling through the hardware store some time ago and could help not to notice something which I passed by on other visits. This writer stopped a moment and looked at the handicapped rails, designed for application for a bathroom. It was than my “Inner Moe” from “The Three Stooges” fame hit me on the head with a sledge hammer.
Those handicapped rails may just work on a car or truck as “Custom Rails!” I looked at the packaging further. These rails came with supports, screws and of course instructions. These particular rails cost less than ten bucks.
What costs ten bucks or less at a custom shop? Not much.
Another advantage of this particular rail is that it probably will not rust. One could only deduce that these shower rails are likely to be aluminum. These shower rails also have a “Bend” in them so they can sit flush against a wall.
Now hold on “Einstein,” before you think you hit pay-dirt, realize the brackets, screws, and even the bend may not sit flush on your pick-up truck. But if you want to try it save your receipt, and do not alter the product or its assembly.
The writer would bet that a person who would try to use a type of rail for a vehicle (shower rail) would have to find applicable hardware such as aluminum screws and mounts for this, but you never know. Ask an expert first.
This writer has tried different stuff before like this with success, but realizes margin for error does exist. Used were a couple of two by fours on a real pick-up.
The two by fours were cut to fit the top of the bed of a small pick up truck that I found down by the river (Just kidding)
Any way with assistance holes were drilled through the cut pieces of wood and gingerly drilled holes through the metal. One must watch for wires etc when bolting down wood or anything to a vehicle. Ultimately, the idea used with wood worked. No longer would tools bang and dent the uncovered portion of the pick-up. Total time for that installation was an hour. “Treated wood” was used for longer protection from the elements, since the wood would be exposed.
The wood customization looked cool and was functional. The handicapped rails for a truck or car this writer has not tried yet.
Disclaimer: For the purpose of this writing, the writer is not liable for anything ever. These are suggestions and or ideas and can only serve as hypothetical ideas. One should always consult with an expert first on any project if any questions or concerns need to be addressed. One should always take necessary precautions when using tools and should always use eye gear as deemed necessary. The key term may be the use of one product idea, Remember adding after-market items or even your own ideas put to fruition can alter a warranty on said vehicle. Don’t drill holes in stuff that isn’t yours including your teeth or your friends teeth also.