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Old 05-25-2011, 09:00 PM
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Re: Idea for the rear cargo area

Ok fellas, I have an update on my progress.

I have been drawing the my "tool chest" idea in my head for a wile now and finally came up with a design.
I am still working on it since I ran out of 1/2 ply and might look for a stronger continuous hinge to replace the one I have now.

The other thing I have in the works will be a integrated 1200 watt power inverter with house connector for small appliances or power tools. I want to run some LED's inside the chest and my OBA air gauge and connector on the left of the box.

You will notice that I have my box to the far right and that is to counter weight the tire carrier.
Once I have my Hi-lift on I am pretty sure the rear driver side will have more weight so I will have to add spacers to the coils to compensate and to re-gain my lift.


This is half the mess I have out back after removing the spare.


Planning out my cuts on a 4x8x.5


Bottom done.


Here I am trying to figure out if I want the tool box centered or to the right.


A view of the room inside.




Doesn't seem that big but It sure does have plenty of room!


And this is all I did today.


Tomorrow I should be able to finish it and carpet the chest/tool box.
The glue should be nice and dry overnight and should make it very strong.
What do you guys think so far?
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:40 PM
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Re: Idea for the rear cargo area

looking good so far...nice work!
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:50 PM
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Re: Idea for the rear cargo area

Here are a few more with the final product.


I have a 120v connection and my Viair gauge up top.


When I test fit, I realized that I made the box 3'' to long so I had to cut it down and as you can see, It wasn't pretty


This 1.5"x48'' hinge worked well.


Inside of box.


Inside side shot.




And final product, the tool box was a ***** to fit! I hit it pretty hard that I bent the corners a bit.

So what do you guys think??

Here is a requested shot of the inside without the floor board.
Those lines are my air lines running throw out the jeep.
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It looks awesome !
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Re: Idea for the rear cargo area

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And final product, the tool box was a ***** to fit! I hit it pretty hard that I bent the corners a bit.

So what do you guys think??

thats a nice project you took on there, nicely done yo. for the quoted above-- why not just leave the right side open (a right angle open corner instead of the open slit) so you could have that space available if/when/ever you decide you need additional space?? either way nice job with the external electrical outlets and the air guage
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:28 PM
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Re: Idea for the rear cargo area

Came out really good.

I had an idea. Instead of an actual tool box, make the false floor like I did and under the carpeted panels build different chambers and lay you tools flat. If you don't have that much than seems like alot will fit. Im only saying that because now it looks like there is unusable place on each sides of the new box, unless you just throw stuff there but then it wouldn't look organized. Now I would also be afraid to put anything big on top of the new box, might go crashing out the rear window. Lol.

Did you build it because your a mechanic or carpenter and use your vehicle for work? I went thru and read this whole post again, why would you want to drive around with a floor jack? Seems like your carrying stuff around in yyour car that should be stored in a garage or basement. I don't even have the stock jack or spare tire, for 80 bucks a year triple A will come tow my car out of a ditch and drop it off 100 miles away if needed.

I was also thinking if your toolbox was mounted up higher, you could install it on cabinet rollers and have the whole toolbox pull out when the hatch is opened, would be a cool feature.
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Re: Idea for the rear cargo area

Tim,

The only reason I built my box was to carry half my tools, As of now, I live in a condo with no garage and I wrench whenever and wherever I am. The soul purpose of my vehicle was for off-road recovery which has done just that for a wile especially with the 2.5 gallon OBA I have. The floor jack is a must since there is no other jack that can lift this Jeep at my height, I like being prepared for anything especially during my trips to Chicago at night when there is no one around.

I do have 900 lbs strap hold downs that I still have to bolt on on each corner for loads that might be to heavy and might take flight.
My professions are, Lead metal fabricator, glazier, carpenter and mechanic I just love having everything at hand just like a good little boy scout

I might remove the carpet and replace it with black vinyl, might look better.
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Re: Idea for the rear cargo area

The vinyl would also be easier to clean. I already have grease and oil stains on my carpet that wont come out.

Good idea about the straps. When I recently moved I had the back packed full and almost had an air conditioner break through the rear window while driving backroads. When I got to my house it slid its way all the way back up to the glass, im surprised it wasn't cracked or broken.

Wonder if you can mount an electric welder somewhere in the back. I see alot of work trucks that have a welder mounted right on the side.
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