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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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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: 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: 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: 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 12:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

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

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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: 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: 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: 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: Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

I really like the clean job of making the box. Nice work.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

Great job Rorke, very cool. Definitely something I want to do down the road, especially since you made it look so clean!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

raoul mitgong wrote:
Rorke,

I've got a couple ideas for the new free space under the front passenger seat.

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Those are great. I will use the long drawer area for my atlases.

The foot rest/ seat idea are great. My icebox sits here and does both those jobs daily!

I might build a little cabinet for that spot. This could house the fuse box and fridge plug. I mostly want cut it in a way allowing for icebox ventilation when box is strapped forward.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

dlb154 wrote:
Rorke -

I like the extended below the bench idea of your box and considering this mod. Did you have a shop fab your box or did you do it yourself?

Can you provide the dimensions of your box? Gauge of metal?

Nice job!

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My buddy who made the box said he would do another for $500.

If you are to make your own, then I would follow the dimensions posted here by Midwest Drifter. but go 7" deep.
The lip is 1" additional.
Lip is 12 gauge.
bow is 16 gauge.

Just make sure there is no twist in the steel from too much heat from welding. This install was simple because insert was dead on and perfect.

My brother wants one and I am going to make some changes. I will also make a template so if anyone wants to do it, they can cut along the dotted line.

I will post those changes too. might be a month though.


pm me if you want my pal's info.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

Rorke -

I like the extended below the bench idea of your box and considering this mod. Did you have a shop fab your box or did you do it yourself?

Can you provide the dimensions of your box? Gauge of metal?

Nice job!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:07 am    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

Rorke,

I got a queasy feeling in my stomach when I saw that floor cut. Brave. It turned out really great. Well done.


I've got a couple ideas for the new free space under the front passenger seat.

-A long sliding drawer. It would be a bonus if the Westfalia cabinet color, trim, and hinge could be duplicated here. Some metal work required but nothing compared to what you've already done.

-A slide out for a foot rest while the seat is swiveled 180. I always find a cooler or box to set there when I'm lounging in the passenger seat.

-A slide out seat. Could be handy for short shuttling of people when you have more than 4 bodies.

All three of these ideas could possibly be made into one. Very inspiring work. I own a sheet metal shop and wish I had the time for fun projects like this.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:45 am    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

Way to jump right in there man good work. This is a project on my list too. Hearing you say how much the passenger side ballast has helped motivates me even more to do this.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:45 am    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

Just finished a nice 600 miles on the finished version. Worked great. Here is an update. (had to wait to get to a computer for the photo upload)

Installed inverter in back seat and re-installed. (Yes, it has already been kicked on and off accidentally)
115 ah deep cycle in gray.
new optima starting battery forward.
Blue Seas ACR in there too.
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Have not yet decided how to repurpose starting battery spot under passenger seat. When I cut the sheet metal out, I will finally have a place for my atlases!
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more or less finished...
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Not pictured is the promariner 20 charger under the driver's seat.
Also, fuse panel is temporarily under passenger seat. Not sure where it should go long term.

Noteworthy, the vehicle drives great! Approximately 180 lbs is now on the passenger side, in the middle, and lower than the floor level. This was one of my major goals for this project, and the improved balance exceeded my expectations.

Thanks for all the great input on this thread. This was a fun project for me. I never used a sawzall or grinder before.
If anyone is considering doing this, it is stressful because of the giant HOLE, but in hindsight, it was strait forward and simple.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Lifted Van, Cargo Space Below Reply with quote

I drank some beer and cut the hole.

Measured a bunch.
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Sawzalled that sh*t.
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Dryfitted.
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Grinded and filed. Then I leveled with cut q-pad, marine gasketing, and caulk.
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Inserted and put in soundproofing. Bolted into existing threading.
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Covered up.
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I am a little further ahead that this, but I have no pics to upload yet.

Tomorrow, my starter and aux will drop in. However, I need to get some fuses.

Thank you very much to all the guys who contributed to this forum with such detail. I never used a sawzall or grinder in my life. Pretty fun project. Way easier than the damn electrical.
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