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Unread 10-08-2009, 02:24 PM   #1
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Self made Insta-trunk?

I want some ideas to cover the back seat area and put stuff on top without paying $300. I have the backseat removed. Let me know some ideas. I would like it to be water proof but not necessary.

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Unread 10-08-2009, 09:59 PM   #2
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mine isn't waterproof, and i do have the back seat in, but its simply a piece of plywood thats cut to cover the gap between the back of the back seat and the tailgate. its simple, cheap, and does what i need it to- keep prying eyes out of my 'trunk' area. i also painted it black just because i didnt like the bare plywood look.
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Unread 10-08-2009, 11:55 PM   #3
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There are quite a few good lockable bins that will fit right in the back area. I have one bolted down to the body where the rear seat brackets used to bolt to. I throw a big fat padlock on it and I've never had it messed with.
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Unread 10-10-2009, 08:02 AM   #4
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I cut down an old 2 drawer file cabenet and have a 2 pc board that goes on top so it is a flat space for the dog. It provides nice deep storage with deviders. I keep recovery gear in one and fluids and tools in the other.
Ohh and the wife had to pait them stripper camo~
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Unread 10-10-2009, 08:04 AM   #5
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I cut down an old 2 drawer file cabenet and have a 2 pc board that goes on top so it is a flat space for the dog. It provides nice deep storage with deviders. I keep recovery gear in one and fluids and tools in the other.
Ohh and the wife had to pait them stripper camo~
LOL love the camo paint job
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Unread 10-10-2009, 08:08 AM   #6
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I made one of of scrap plywood, and used screws for zero dollars.
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Unread 10-10-2009, 08:25 AM   #7
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Thanks, the white should of been done 1st so it would not stand out so much.
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Unread 10-10-2009, 08:38 AM   #8
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Trunk

I made a trunk for mine. I removed the back seat and cut a piece of 1/2" plywood to fit on top. It covers from the tailgate to the back of the front seats, and rests below the edges of the tub on each side. I had to notch it for the tailgate latch. I used some cotton padding on top and then covered it with heavy duty cammo print material. At the front end I have another piece of 1/2" plywood vertical with L-brackets attached to the top piece. A couple of short tie-down straps secure the top piece (from below) to the factory tie downs on the floor. The trunk is accessible only with the tailgate open. It is sturdy enough to haul groceries or whatever on top. All I have to do is open the rear window and toss stuff on top. Open the tailgate and I can get into the trunk.

P.S. Mine is not waterproof, but you could use vinyl material or paint it to keep water out. If I spray mine with Scotchguard it might be waterproof, have to think about that.........
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Unread 10-10-2009, 09:25 AM   #9
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I've also got a piace of plywood cut to fit between the tailgate and the back of the seat. It isn't really all that secure, but it comes in handy. Makes a nice little shelf too.
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Unread 10-10-2009, 10:42 AM   #10
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I made a trunk for mine. I removed the back seat and cut a piece of 1/2" plywood to fit on top. It covers from the tailgate to the back of the front seats, and rests below the edges of the tub on each side. I had to notch it for the tailgate latch. I used some cotton padding on top and then covered it with heavy duty cammo print material. At the front end I have another piece of 1/2" plywood vertical with L-brackets attached to the top piece. A couple of short tie-down straps secure the top piece (from below) to the factory tie downs on the floor. The trunk is accessible only with the tailgate open. It is sturdy enough to haul groceries or whatever on top. All I have to do is open the rear window and toss stuff on top. Open the tailgate and I can get into the trunk.

P.S. Mine is not waterproof, but you could use vinyl material or paint it to keep water out. If I spray mine with Scotchguard it might be waterproof, have to think about that.........
Do you have any pics of this. This sounds like a good idea. THanks
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Unread 10-10-2009, 10:57 AM   #11
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im not sure if you just mean a hard top cover for the trunk area, or a cargo box type of deal.

but this is what I made, 3/4 ply wood and I raptor lined it.



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Unread 10-10-2009, 11:02 AM   #12
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alecmcmahon i like that, looks like it works great.
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Unread 10-10-2009, 11:04 AM   #13
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alecmcmahon i like that, looks like it works great.
Thanks, it's prob. one of my fav. mods i've done. Everything is very easy to access, no digging around in bins and totes looking for something on the bottom of the box.

Check out my build thread for more details about it & feel free to ask any questions.
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Unread 10-12-2009, 08:52 AM   #14
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Do you have any pics of this. This sounds like a good idea. THanks
No pictures right now. I'll try to get some later this week.
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Unread 10-12-2009, 09:27 AM   #15
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I got this cause I didn't want to make something out of cheap old plywood. Turns out that cheap old plywood would have probably been a better choice.
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