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Do It Yourself Projects Anything that you have made up yourself. Rear storage systems etc

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Old 16-02-20
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Default Removable Rear Drawers

I am by no means an expert on rear drawers but my problem was one I think a lot of folks may have.
One of the reasons I bought a Pajero was the seven seats. Perfect for grandkids. But most of the time its just me and my wife using it. We drag a little camper trailer for extended stays but have decided to start grabbing the tent and doing quick overnight jaunts into the bush. I mean, when you can be in the vic high country within half an hour, why not? So a fridge was bought (we always used an esky in the camper) and duly placed in the back of the vehicle. I reckoned a drawer set would be the go. As a carpenter I always made up boxes and drawers for my utes in the past, so why not. But I hit a bit of perfectly sensible resistance, 'What's the point of having the extra seats if you fill the back with drawers?' I opened my mouth and said 'I'll just make them quick to remove!"

So all I have done is make the whole unit in sections which bolt together in the back. I can put them in or take them out in about 20 minutes with just a spanner. The fridge is an a slide in its own box, part 1. There is a large box beside which has room for the tent and may eventually contain a drawer in the top half, part 2. and a large open topped box which sits on top of the fridge box, part 3 . The whole lot is made of 12mm ply and glued and screwed.

Removed the third row seats and the cover from the well they sit in. A large opening in one of the boxes give me access to the well. I removed the factory tie down points and anchored two pieces of Unistrut across the back. The boxes fix down to this.I ran heavy wire to the cupholder shaped pocket on the passenger side of the rear and installed a merit plug for the fridge, (always live) Fridge slide is from 4WD supastore and yes it was cheap and yes it did come a bit damaged. A quick bit of panelbeating and it works fine. The whole lot needs the carpet tidied up and maybe some fancy aluminium angle on the edges but that can wait.
Reckon the whole lot cost 200 bucks tops plus a hundred for the slide. Probably weighs about the same or less than the third row seats so weight neutral. (excluding fridge full of cold drinks of course !)
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Old 17-02-20
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Nice,I really like the use of the unistrut as the base.
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Old 17-02-20
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looks great...

how do your bolts attach to the unistrut piece?
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Old 17-02-20
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The unistrut I used is the type used for road signs.The nuts are of a captive type, they twist into position and have a spring under them to hold them in place. Not sure if they are commercially available but i used to install signs and had a few laying around.
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The unistrut I used is the type used for road signs.The nuts are of a captive type, they twist into position and have a spring under them to hold them in place. Not sure if they are commercially available but i used to install signs and had a few laying around.

A great idea...



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The unistrut I used is the type used for road signs.The nuts are of a captive type, they twist into position and have a spring under them to hold them in place. Not sure if they are commercially available but i used to install signs and had a few laying around.
Great inspiration, thanks for sharing.
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There are several types of Unistrut and all the different types of Nuts are sold in good nut and bolt shops...

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