"Innovation" brand cap (topper, shell) information?
I just replaced my 1995 F-150 with a 2003 F-250 XLT supercab long bed. The F-250 has a cab-height cap (topper, canopy, shell) that looks as if it were from the factory.Picture 1 But the branding decal on the cap (at each of its rear corners) reads "Innovation".Picture 2
Google shows a Thai manufacturer called "Alpha Innovation Co. Ltd." that claims to makes caps for Ford and some Japanese trucks, but they only show their current models branded "Alpha" -- none of which look much like the cap on my truck. Google showed no other dealer for "Innovation" caps, no used "Innovation" caps for sale, and no information regarding a merger or takeover of Innovation by Alpha.
Can anyone suggest a site that can supply information regarding Ford caps by Innovation? I'm concerned that I may be stuck if I ever need to get a broken window replaced.
NEW DATA: Tony Hawkins, of Alpha Innovation Co. Inc. (Thailand) answered the e-mail message I sent to him yesterday! He said an American company, Innovation Fiberglass, made the "Innovation" branded caps.
Still, my Google searches found no dealer for the caps in western NY.
Another update: When I tried to contact the Innovation Fiberglass to get a dealer list, I learned that they are no longer in business.
Oh, well, I'll just have to hope a local A.R.E. or Leer dealer might help if I ever need to replace a window or door on that orphaned Innovation cap. In the meantime, I'll be super-careful with it! 2010feb01(17:57)-sls
I have an Innovation cap on my Ranger. A local Camper, trailer dealer was able to replace one of my side windows on demand when I pulled in one day. What they said was that most of the shells used standard windows of various shapes and sizes so there was really no worry about the parts.
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As of last week, I can echo your experience. It became necessary to replace the rear door on my Innovation cap because I forgot to notice it was open when I backed out of the garage. The impact distorted the frame of the rear door, pushing it downward away from the rough opening in the cap. The cap itself wasn't damaged. The local Leer dealer ordered a new one and installed it with no problem.
When I got home, I made a double-ended hook from steel wire, and installed it between the swivel posts to which the righthand gas cylinder is attached. I fit the hook tightly on the top post so it wouldn't bounce off. I left the bottom one loose enough to slide down when the door is closed, and deep enough to remain hooked on the post as the door was opened and closed. I made the wire short enough to stop the door from opening above cab height, so I'll never have to worry about the cap door hitting anything the truck will fit under.
Again, thanks for taking the time to reassure me about parts availability for Innovation caps.
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