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Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by piercedtiger, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. Nov 15, 2015 at 11:10 AM
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  2. Nov 15, 2015 at 3:21 PM
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    I thought I'd do a quick write up on the toolbox I modded today. I have an extended cab Tacoma, but this is especially handy if you have a double cab because of the limited bed space.
    I have no use for, not do I want to clutter my bed with a full-size tool box. I had a bed side box in the garage so I grabbed the sawzall and went to work. This is the kind of box I started with...
    These boxes are the perfect width for a 1st gen tacoma but the base of the box is too wide to sit down in the bed of the truck.
    This is where the sawzall comes in, you can also use a hack saw if needed.
    First,Put the toolbox in position for install, mark where the cuts need to be made to allow the box to sit down into the bed. (I hadn't planned on doing a write up or I would have taken pictures of these steps.)
    Now, using a speed square, extend your marks to meet the shelf in the toolbox. (This will make sense when you have the toolbox in front of you.)
    Mark the box all the way around where you will make your cuts.
    This is the best shot I have to show the cut I made.
    I notched the piece that was removed so that it would slide into the void lieft by the cut. Then riveted this piece in place. It will create a side wall for the toolbox. This step can be skipped, you will simply see the truck bed through the inside of the toolbox when it is open. The cut out piece is shown here riveted in place. (Circled in green)
    Now it's time for paint. I used some rustoleum from autozone. One coat of black primer and one coat of gloss black.

    Next, I put some moulding from the parts store on the cut edge to clean it up.
    With the box almost finished, I drilled some holes for a fire extinguisher.Then riveted in place.
    And installed..And there you go, the finished box..On a previous box I built, I also attached some straps to the left of the extinguisher for some jumper cables and attached a folding shovel on the right side. D-rings are also a good idea as you will lose the use of the front tie down points when this box is installed.
    I used a couple self tapping screws and attached it to the bed for a snug, noise free fit.
    My son seems pretty excited about the new addition.

    Hope that someone finds this useful! I sure like mine, and its really all I need to haul my necessary tools.
    Feel free to pm me with any questions and let me know what you think.
    If anyone decides to build one, post up some pics!
     
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  3. Nov 16, 2015 at 8:33 AM
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    Burnett

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    FYI: one spray can each of primer and paint is just barely enough for one coat inside and out. The cans were completely empty when I finished
     
  4. Dec 12, 2015 at 5:21 PM
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    Exact same procedure for an 09?
     
  5. Dec 15, 2015 at 9:10 AM
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    Thank you SOOOO much. did it, easy as hell, prewired everything on my desk, in truck took ten minutes. Very happy for the diagrams as I am fricking colour blind! :)
    20151215_100815.jpg 20151215_100815.jpg 20151215_100826.jpg
     
  6. Dec 15, 2015 at 9:31 AM
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    And again.... Thank you!! Barely got my beer open for this one.... Awesome and simple!!
     
  7. Dec 15, 2015 at 9:36 AM
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    What does this mod do?
     
  8. Dec 15, 2015 at 10:01 AM
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    It allows me to use my rear locker anytime i want....instead of just 4 low. :)
     
  9. Dec 15, 2015 at 10:13 AM
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    What for? Burn outs?
     
  10. Dec 15, 2015 at 10:20 AM
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    Noooo. I have muscle cars for that.
    Pure traction. Locking the rear lets me increase my traction in a big way. A locked 2wd in the right hands can go almost as far as a 4wd...imo
     
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  11. Dec 17, 2015 at 8:24 AM
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    What wire did u tap into
     
  12. Dec 18, 2015 at 10:45 AM
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    Where did you mount the LED to light up the dash panel like that? I've been wanting to do something similar.
     
  13. Dec 20, 2015 at 8:35 AM
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    Mine's basically an office on wheels, I drive 50k+ miles a year. I have a computer desk bolted to the front inner passenger seat rail. Also has a Lund tri-fold tonno cover to carry catalogs and product samples. Eventually want to get a Leer or ARE camper top with side fold out windows.
    As a sales rep my truck IS my office. I put 1000 miles per week calling on engine rebuilders, machine shops and the like. Hence my familiarity with engines, ones to stay away from and ones to endear (this is the primary reason I chose the 2.7L as my "work" engine, it's reputation for long life and reliability).
    Anyway, because of my job I'm "married" to a laptop computer. I have a really nifty homemade computer desk that serves the same purpose as the high dollar ones you see in cop cars, etc. Mine will cost under $25 total. Everything you need is at Home Depot/Lowe's, Target.

    Here's the finished product:
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    Here is where it's attached. Remove the passenger seat rail bolt next to the console, get a 3/4" pipe flange from one the a fore mentioned stores. It will be necessary to drill one of the holes out to accept the bolt. I started with a short nipple then a 45 degree, then a quick coupling, then it's just a matter of screwing together a series of nipples. The "desk" is actually a cutting board I bought from Target over 6 years ago (I had this setup in my F150).
    If you have a passenger, (I rarely do), then you can just unscrew the quick coupler and remove it.

    upload_2015-12-20_10-29-2.jpg

    The angle is tilted just a few degrees to the rear, just the right angle for me. BTW, the power converter and the heavy duty rubber band (used for securing my laptop) came from Love's Truck Stop and is plugged into the power outlet in the center console. It has some velcro tape on the back and it holds it into the carpet pretty well.

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  14. Dec 20, 2015 at 10:06 PM
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    BHLM with amber LED "eyebrow" strips and Angry Red Eyes, Black Depo Tail lights, Knight Rider Hood Scoop Mod, Amber Grill Backlighting, Amber Lamin-X Fog light film, Fog Lights Anytime Mod, Black T-Rex Grill Inserts, Red interior LED lighting, Go Rhino 5" Oval Nerf Bars, Modified side mirror turn signals, Drill-less license plate relocation bracket. OEM Bed mat. Weather Tech floor mats.
    Dude, you're quoting an 8 year old post that was made by a guy that hasn't been on here in 6 months. o_O

    This might help you out a little though. I mounted some LED strips in my cup holders and they light up the lower portion of the center of the dash.

     
  15. Dec 21, 2015 at 4:34 AM
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    Yeah, I realized how old the post was after I already replied. Never know... Maybe he'll come back to answer ;)

    Thanks for your pic though. It looks good.
     
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  16. Jan 2, 2016 at 6:40 PM
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    Yes please
    I did a little upgrade on my ARB bumper ligths, it's cheaper than buying some aftermarket (mk1, mk2) VW lights off ebay... they run between about $60-80.
    I spent about $2:50ish per light. VERY bright compared to the stock bulbs plus less heat to discolor or crack the lens like they are known to do.20160102_173259.jpg 20151226_154010.jpg 20151228_202541.jpg
    The way I glued them in is not pretty but when the lens is in you can't see it. I like it! I used some good silicon
     
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  17. Jan 8, 2016 at 3:51 PM
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    I'm getting my truck camping ready and have been recently focusing on getting the gear I want and how to keep the truck organzied. I bought the viair 88p, with a tire repair kit and a fire extinguisher over this last weekend. Trying to figure out where to put it so it's out of the way and secured (no rattling) has been a challenge. Until I saw this little thing...(pic from the interwebz)

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    I noticed that there are three slots and thought I should be able to store some stuff in here securely and not have to screw into the plastic or the truck.

    I needed one more of these flashlight holders to make my idea work. I reached out to the wonderful of TW and received another one from another member here @Iamraiderpower.

    I took the little "T" knobs off the back of the holders that slide into the panel, screwed and plastic welded them with a soldering iron to the plastic mount that came with the extinguisher and....

    Voila!!

    End result:
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    Safe, secure and easily removable! The furniture pad is there to keep a tight fit...
     
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  18. Jan 8, 2016 at 4:14 PM
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    Dude! That is awesome! Glad it worked for ya :D
     
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  19. Jan 8, 2016 at 10:29 PM
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    Thats a kewl idea!
     
  20. Jan 11, 2016 at 12:45 PM
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    See Builds....
    How about this one!!!!
     
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