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Unread 03-24-2013, 07:30 PM   #1
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Yet another Ammo Can Project (finished!)

I loved the Tuffy Security Consoles, but couldn't bring myself to spend $300 on one. The ammo can consoles that others have shown here looked like a good solution.

I went overboard in some areas...here are the costs:

$20 Ammo Can, 40 cal (local Army/Navy store)
$25 2002 Tahoe Cupholder (ebay)
$12 Handle, Rugged Ridge (~$25 for two handles, now I have a spare)
$30 Lock, (Amazon)
$24 Gas Strut, made by Tuffy for their consoles, worked great for mine too (Quadratec)
$30 Power Center with 2xAcc Ports and 2 x USB (Amazon)
$10 LED Lights (Amazon)
$5 Door Jamb Switch (Amazon)
$5 Indoor/outdoor carpet to line the bottom of the can (Lowes)
$3 Touchup Paint (Lowes did almost a perfect color match)
$5 Foam for cover (Joann's Fabrics...btw, this might be a good place to pickup women, I think I was the only man in the entire store! )
$0 Black leather for cover - I happened to have a piece

Finished Product:








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Unread 03-24-2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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Looks good
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Unread 03-24-2013, 07:34 PM   #3
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Unread 03-24-2013, 07:51 PM   #4
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General thoughts on the build:

1) I didn't want a key lock, so I went with the mechanical lock. Tuffy actually sells these as an accessory for their security console, so I can't take credit for the idea. I found the same thing at a better price at Amazon. There is a flush-mount attachment included with the lock, which I didn't use. It requires a much larger hole in the lid, of course.
2) Tuffy also sells the gas strut as an accessory for their console. I just bought the Tuffy version for $25 from Quadratec.
3) The LED light and door jamb switch both work very well. Really lightens up the inside.
4) At $30, I splurged a little on the power center. It's pretty cool with 2 accessory ports and two USB charge ports. From Amazon.
5) I had the Rugged Ridge door handles on my two doors, so the handle I put on the console matches it.
6) I went with a Tahoe cupholder off of ebay because I wanted the little tray to store my phone. Tuffy also sells a pretty good cupholder.
7) The 40 cal Ammo Can fit between my seats pretty well. It's only 6" wide. Alot of cutting and drilling was done to get everything to fit right.
8) I made two steel brackets for mounting the ammo can. The rear bracket used the seat belt bolts. I drilled two holes in the tub for the front bolts.





As far as what I would do differently next time...honestly, not much. The brackets could have been an inch or two higher to better support my elbow while I'm driving, so I might add some spacers. I also think that flush mounting the lock would have looked cleaner and better. I should have done a better job on the leather cover, so I might rework the corners at a later date.

Thanks to everyone else here who has posted their ammo can projects and ideas, as they served as great inspiration for this. Hopefully, someone can find something interesting in my project as well.
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Unread 03-24-2013, 09:49 PM   #5
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Nicely Done! I have an ammo can bolted to the passenger fender for under- hood storage. Quart of oil, wiping towels - keeps things handy and dry.
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Unread 03-24-2013, 09:51 PM   #6
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I have the same ammo can. I've been dying to do mod it up to be my new console. You console looks awesome.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 09:25 AM   #7
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Holy Moly Batman!! That's the fanciest console I've ever seen!
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Unread 03-25-2013, 10:29 AM   #8
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Looks good. Definitely a customized job!
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Unread 03-25-2013, 11:06 AM   #9
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[QUOTE=StanF;15187794]Inside Pictures:




Excellent work all around. I like all the features you designed into this console solution. I have been contemplating adding the USB/ACC powered outlets to my daughter's YJ console. I like how you incorporated it into your design; however, I am wondering how you plan on managing the cables?

My experience with ammo cans is there is no gap between the top and the side to run your cables (Phone charger) out of. Did you make a cut-out in the lid or back of the ammo can to accommodate the cable management? If not, what was your plan? assuming you are closing the lid while charging.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 11:42 AM   #10
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How about some links to the products you got from Amazon ?
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I'm usually not one for the ammo can consoles but this one is highly sophisticated.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 01:04 PM   #12
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Looks awesome. Ever thought of making them and selling a few? I would buy one for sure...
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Unread 03-25-2013, 02:15 PM   #13
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Looks awesome. Ever thought of making them and selling a few? I would buy one for sure...
The first one took a long time, of course, but once you figure out the dimensions, cuts and holes, it wouldn't be bad to make another one. It would be fun to make a batch of them, so "maybe", but not likely.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 02:19 PM   #14
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Excellent work all around. I like all the features you designed into this console solution. I have been contemplating adding the USB/ACC powered outlets to my daughter's YJ console. I like how you incorporated it into your design; however, I am wondering how you plan on managing the cables?

My experience with ammo cans is there is no gap between the top and the side to run your cables (Phone charger) out of. Did you make a cut-out in the lid or back of the ammo can to accommodate the cable management? If not, what was your plan? assuming you are closing the lid while charging.
Very good question! My plan is to add another 1" hole with a rubber grommet if I ever need to run a charge cable out. I've got a 1" Greenlee punch, so it'll be easy to add later. The grommet is the same one that the power wire runs out of. It'll be easy to poke a USB cable through there.

I also thought about cutting a cable slot up around the lid, but didn't like the idea of the sharp edges on the cable.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 02:26 PM   #15
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How about some links to the products you got from Amazon ?
Here you go:

Charge Station:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Lid Handle:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

LED Light:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Switch:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Lock:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Gas Spring:
http://www.quadratec.com/products/14126_901.htm

For the Cupholder, it's from a 2000-2002 Tahoe/Silverado/Suburban. I got mine from eBay.

Other parts with no link:
4" Door Hinge from Lowes
1/2" Plywood
Leather
Angle Iron for the switch mount and lid latch
Flat Steel for the floor mounts
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