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Old 01-23-2011
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Well figured I would start a thread on the old Rubi.

Here's some projects I been working on. I've had a high-lift for about 4 years, never used it. I don't like the idea on having it on the outside of the jeep, so I mounted it internally. Also plan to add some eye bolts to it for additional light weight tie down spots.



On both Log Corral and Mesquite Wash my front bumper limited the jeeps forward progress in some real tight spots, so I chopped 4" off each side of the bumper. I'll get a full front pic up later. I think I'll end up taking bumper and winch plate off this summer and finally paint everything to match. I just sprayed some spray paint into a bowl till it puddled, then used a foam brush to dip into it and touch up the bare metal for now.





Started work on my storage system. Main idea is to eliminate all the totes I carry and have a smooth bunk should I decide to sleep in the Jeep on a stormy evening. I didn't think I would need drawers, just more weight, so I sized it for a couple long totes and that also leaves an area for spare parts, tools, etc. I like the idea of the tote for keeping dust out and containing any fluid spills. It also eliminates the need for expensive drawer slides or other type of sliding mechanism, material. Want to keep it simple, should I decide to modify it down the road.

Took the bottom carpet out. Used the rear seatbelt bolt to hold the base down. I also worked around the rear seat mounts on the sides. Don't lose much space and they also provide excellent tie down spots should I need them.



Used my Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes to attach the sides to the base. Best tool I ever bought for working with cabinetry.



Here you can see the pocket holes and side attached.



Cut the tops. This was a pain. I would of preferred to have some nice curves following the wheel wells, but my skills only go so far. Hahaha. This is cool though, depending on whether I go with carpet or paint, it will be fine.



The top piece by the tailgate will get permanently attached and the front section will be able to be raised. Still have to figure out the hinge issue though. I may split the front down the middle to make it easier to lift from each side or I may add a strut or two, we'll see.

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Nice carpentry work. I like the space for totes to slide in and the option to make a place to sleep inside if needed. Will you remove the passenger seat 'in case' you need to sleep inside? Will that space be framed out to provide an even sleeping surface? Great job so far, interested in the outcome. d
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bout time you cut that bumper

excellent work on the storage compartment. you are truly becoming expedition-ready!
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Looking Good...

Just a suggestion... Believe I'd be putting lid hinges for both front and rear sections, with a short central fixed area... Just a couple more latches, locating pins, and hinges...
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Looks nice! You are quite the carpenter to get it sized and cut so nicely!!!
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Nice carpentry work. I like the space for totes to slide in and the option to make a place to sleep inside if needed. Will you remove the passenger seat 'in case' you need to sleep inside? Will that space be framed out to provide an even sleeping surface? Great job so far, interested in the outcome. d
No, don't have to take the seat out, there will be plenty of room with the passenger seat moved forward. I just have to figure out a simple solution to fill in the space from the floor to the height of the cargo box. Actually, as I'm writing this, I could use a couple heavy duty shelf hangers and a extra slab of plywood. Make it so it easily breaks down when not in use. I think I like that....
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bout time you cut that bumper
Haha...ya I know....
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OB1, I'm still considering that. We'll see what happens. I figured since my cooler would normally be there, there would not be a need for it to lift up.

Thanks Karen, been awhile since I've broken out the tools. Kept having to remind myself to measure twice and cut once....LOL.
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Looking good bud, really nice workmanship. Hope when I finally start building mine it looks half as good.
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Looks good Dave. George
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