In my last update I had set aside two
areas behind the front seats as storage. Now it was time to
figure out how to utilize those spaces. I also have a tough
time getting started mainly because it is hard to hold up the items
that need homes and measure at the same time. This is one area
where it doesn't hurt to tack weld some structure in place to help
old the storage bins where you want them. I started in on the
drivers side storage area and after a few hours I had the cooler and
an ammo box in position where I wanted them. My inimical plan
called for dimpled sheet metal but I ended up scrapping that plan
9and a few hours of work) and reverting back to simple tubing, tabs
ammo can is nested below the cooler. I did this so even in a hard
roll the latch mechanism is not holding the ammo can closed but
rather the strapped down cooler is ( I have had this style latch pop
open in the past). I used some simple tabs to make a pocket
for the box.
Here you can see the relation between
the ammo can pocket and cooler nest looking down from the top.
The cooler nest was made with some .75 x
.09 thick steel strap that I formed to match the bottom of the
A tow strap should be easily accessible
but still secured so it isn't flopping around the rig. I got
the idea for this strap holder after seeing something like it in
Jay's old rock buggy. I never got around to making one for my
last buggy but it was on the to-do list for this build.
strap sets on a post and is captured by the cap. You'll notice
I also hook the free hanging loop around a small post to keep it
from flopping around.
built the snatch block mount out of thicker material due to the mass
of the snatch block. The bore on the snatch block is right
about 2" and I happened to have some tube that fit inside of it
snugly. After capping the tube using a speed hole remnant I
welded a 3/8 nut to the backside of the cap. The snatch block
sets on the bore and rests on a pair of rubber pads to keep it from
rattling. The whole thing is held in place by another speed
hole remnant and a 3/8 bolt that I attached a larger handle to so
you could torque it down good by hand,
passenger side gets a larger ammo can again setting below the cooler
Flooring is going to be a mix of steel and aluminum panels.
Anything steel will be welded in and aluminum will be used for
removable panels. Based on my last buggy I found most of the
rear panels never needed to come out of the rig even during major
tear downs which is part of the reason I am going with steel for
some of the closeouts.
closeout panels next to the seats are angled roughly 50 degrees.
of the panels in front of the removable section of cage are welded
in. The plan is to have the rest of the floor overlap these
welded in parts.
Various shots showing the closeout panels on the passenger side.
I wanted to minimize gaps this time around to see if a better sealed
passenger cabin would cut down on the heat.
Drivers side closeout panels.
panels under the storage area are removable. I may change them
later if I need to duct air to the radiator.