DIY Tacoma Flight Deck

Lately, I’ve been working on a personal project for storage in the rear of my Tacoma. I wanted the functionality of the flight deck and was sorry to see GFC discontinue it a while back. My “flight deck” is made of 1530ul aluminum extrusion and 3/16" CNC cut and bent aluminum side plates. The top plates are made of 1/8" aluminum and are not quick detach per se, but are still reasonably easy to remove with a 5/32 t-handle wrench.

The deck is still a prototype; I’m not done with it yet. I’m planning on powder-coating the raw aluminum components when my rear bumper comes in. I also have a modular tray to mount electrical components to. It’ll bolt to the underside of the platform towards the head of the bed where it’s out of the way.

I want to make platform available to the community at some point but I’m not sure the best way of how to do that. I could either sell the DXF files so people can order all the components themselves or dropship it from the companies I ordered it from (oshcut, tnutz…). I don’t have an interest in managing and shipping large parts. It may be possible to sort and sell small components like pre-packaged hardware or tiedowns. Either way it would be up to the end user to powdercoat, anodize, or paint the aluminum to prevent corrosion.

I’m not in an immediate rush to try and sell anything as I would like to finish this prototype first. I will keep this post updated on the progress of project and hope to get it done soon.

Here are some pics:


Super cool! So this is supported by tying into the Toyota Deck Rails as well as the Tacoma bed slots?

I’m wondering if something like this could be supported solely by the Deck Rails, if you added maybe 2 more “hangers” for support. I’d love something like this in my Tundra but I don’t have those bed slots

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Thanks! Yes, it is supported by both. I believe you could design something that would bolt up in the Tundra but I’d be hesitant to load it, especially offroad. I don’t really trust the t-tracks to hold that much hanging weight. Perhaps it would be viable if there was some sort of foot that transferred the weight to the floor of the bed.

Absolutely interested if you make it available to us, in any shape or form. I’ve been bugging GFC for a few years now to make one for the Tundra

I don’t have access to a Tundra to prototype with and I’m primarily interested in developing products for the Tacoma. That said, I have some ideas about how to overcome the issue with non-Tacoma platforms that don’t have a bed lip to support the deck. I’m curious, what generation of Tundra and bed length do you have?

I don’t think there are any differences in the Toyota Deck Rails for each truck model, besides the actual lengths of each rail, so as long as the side plates are adjustable in height, it would be okay. Unfortunately, the Tundras don’t have bed slots like the Tacoma, for your flight deck to rest on, but adding legs to all 4 corners should solve the issue with load.

I have a 2019 Tundra Crewmax, so 2.5 generation with a 5.5ft bed. Also, all Tundra 5.5ft bed dimensions are the same from 07-21’

I’m sorry, I’ve been quite busy the past week. From what I’ve read online the Tundra bed is not quite square front to rear, it seems to be off by about half an inch. Not a big deal as the platform shouldn’t need to contact the side of the bed (unlike the Tacoma where you want to maximize purchase on the bed shoulder).

I’ve attached a dimensioned drawing of the rails I designed for the Tacoma. To keep the bar spacing at 1 foot there’s kind of limited options for length. I’m not sure what would work best in a 5.5ft bed and it’s hard for me to tell from pictures online. I imagine you could use the same side rails with a different bar width, fixed height foot (that bolts to the underside of the crossbar), and adjustable “hold down” plates bent to interface with the Tundra rails.