So I thought the best place to start my search for a Tonneau would be Soft Bits for Sevens, so I rang to speak to Nick, only to be informed of the very sad news of his passing earlier on this year - which quite frankly shocked me, as I guess it did many others too.
Tristan has picked up the helm, and all my questions have been answered promptly, so it's a big thumbs up to him and the team there. As I've got the 620R seats in my car, there wasn't a Tonneau with the correct sized seat pockets, so I had to make a cardboard template to send to Tristan, and also grab a few measurements, so they could make the tonneau to fit - so if anyone with a 620R, or super light twenty want this cover the hard work is done for you!
Here is my Fitting Guide for the Light Weight Tonneau:-
Firstly test fit the tonneau to the car so that you can see how to stretch the cover to get everything reasonably taught before you start putting holes in it for the press studs buttons. I found that low-tack green masking tape worked a treat at keeping the tonneau taught, and didn't leave a heap of adhesive everywhere that'd need cleaning up later.
|Tonneau test fitted and held in taught in place with low tack masking tape.|
|Marking out press stud button holes prior to hole punching with a paint marker works well|
|Using a punch tool makes it easy to create perfect small holes in boot covers and tonneaus too|
|Use a press stud tool to fit the buttons to the eyelets|
|Tonneau leading side edge is secured by this press stud|
|If you're going to drill out these rivets you'll need some|
|Stanley 6-MR100 Rivet Gun has a head small enough to fit into a press stud - making it perfect for this job|
|Back to back stud used on rear of tonneau|
And then it should be finishedNow time for a test run - luckily I took the car away for a weekend; and it rained! Not sure it raining over the weekend was lucky or not, but it gave the cover a good test!
|Soft Bits for Sevens Light Weight Tonneau fitted and being put to the test|
I'm really happy with the size of the tonneau when it's folded neatly and put in it's bag. It weighs next to nothing and takes up hardly any room in the boot of your Seven, and as such means I'll take it me more often! The bungee idea is a great simple way to prevent the water pooling and eventually dripping through.
|Tonneau packs easily into this supplied bag|
A link to the soft bits for sevens shop is here:-