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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After 6 years, I'm finally getting around to having the permanent, locking metal top made for my under floor storage. Lid will be made of 0.105" thick steel with formed over twice each edge, then welded at all 5 corners. Welded L-brackets for stiffening and recessed handles. Having the formed edges providing the thickness for the lid will actually allow almost a 1/2" extra storage height inside than the current wood board as the lid will have no bottom layer. Still have yet to determine the final locking mechanism, but I think there are lots of options.

Here's the mockup....

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Here's the progress I made today, mostly getting things sealed, final bolt selection and getting the temporary cover cut to fit (still need my sander from my neighbor to dial in the edges).

Cut the two existing bolts out as they were slightly corroded and did not allow enough space between it and the side of the box to fit a nut over.
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Silicone injected into openings to seal out dust and moisture.
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Rear and front rubber insulation strip to seal the rear of the box where, as a result of the cross cut, left a 1/4 inch gap between the flange and floor.
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...front....
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Bolt connection. 6 in all.....
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Rubber pad cut to fit...
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Now just waiting for my neighbor to return my sander so I can finish the temporary wood cover...
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Syncronoid wrote:
After 6 years, I'm finally getting around to having the permanent, locking metal top made for my under floor storage. Lid will be made of 0.105" thick steel with formed over twice each edge, then welded at all 5 corners. Welded L-brackets for stiffening and recessed handles. Having the formed edges providing the thickness for the lid will actually allow almost a 1/2" extra storage height inside than the current wood board as the lid will have no bottom layer. Still have yet to determine the final locking mechanism, but I think there are lots of options.

I'll probably get around to doing mine in 6 yrs. too!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:35 am    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

Going to do something similar on my euro bus project. Your topic is the inspiration.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

Here's the completed metal lid. Next step is figuring out and installing the locks. Ideas??

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

Want.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

Nice!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

Inspiring stuff. I'm always chasing storage options.

I cut a hole in my roof, so I suppose I could do the same in the floor...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote


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LOL...J/K Say no to drugs kids.. Very nice job on the compartment.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

Locking mechanism coming along......

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:52 am    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

Done! .....except for painting the lid (will likely use spray on bedliner) and putting a nicer trim than duct tape around the edges of the box.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

Inspiring "art project." Well done, thanks for sharing!
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