My Hilux Build

AndyCook Dec 9, 2013

  1. AndyCook

    AndyCook Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    Hope I am allowed to document build of my Hilux on here :eusa-whistle: after all its a Toyota :icon-cool:

    Starting with some accessories for the rear tub, a removable storage system.

    First I purchased and fitted a Bedrug to protect the load area, this is waterproof and can be jet sprayed and carry logs/junk etc when my storage system is removed.

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    I have ordered a custom made N&J aluminum overland canopy to be fitted at some-point in next few months, once it has been fabricated.

    In meantime I have started on drawer build. I am using the method Sam used after discussions with Chris.
    The main frame being 30cm cable tray, and I am building a system very similar to the African Outback drawers.
    Sealed cartridge bearings used for the runners.
    The drawers will be around 30cm in depth, 50cm wide and 120cm long. there will still be 25cm space at the front of the tub for water-tank etc. and 20cm wide spaces at each side, for leisure battery and other stuff.

    so I made on-side from the cable tray after cutting and folding it.
    I will be bolting profiled "cargo track" to the floor of the tub, then the removable drawer frame will bolt to these. when the drawers are removed, other tie-down loop accessories etc can be fitted to the cargo track, or a rubber strip I bought can be inserted along it to fill in the channel holes etc.

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    Then the otherside

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    bolted some bearings in place

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    The fitted back in tub, after adding some extra bracing

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    plenty of room for leisure battery in the side wings

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    And useful space at front of tub for water tank and other kit


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    Fitted more bearings and test fitted the aluminum channel runners for main drawers.

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    The unit top and drawers will be made from 12mm hexagrip

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    My plan is to make the drivers side top of unit a sliding panel, above the drawer, as a fridge slide - like the AO system
    so both can be opened/closed independently

    thats all for now :)
     
  2. grantw

    grantw Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Brilliant idea on the drawers. They are coming along very nicely.
     
  3. Ecoman

    Ecoman Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    Looking good Andy:thumbup:
     
  4. stumog

    stumog Well-Known Member I am in england

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    well done good idea with the electric channel. what you going to make the drawers from sorry cant wait.
    stu
     
  5. AndyCook

    AndyCook Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    stumog Well-Known Member I am in england

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    brillent idea. well done all that came up with it.stu
     
  7. Gav Peter

    Gav Peter Well-Known Member I am in england

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    Great start Andy. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out :)

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  8. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    Thanks for the credit there Andy. It was my idea but I never made any. Quite a bit of work but a MASSIVE saving. Ben went down that route too with his drawers. It's all that the African Outback ones are made from really. Once again it's the thinking that you pay for not the material. I might make a small set of vertical stacking ones for the back or to go where one of the rear seats fits. 3 or 4 drawers maybe. We'll see.

    Nice work buddy. Tidy as ever.
     
  9. Gary820

    Gary820 Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    Very nice and a great idea. Nice motor too.
     
  10. warrenpfo

    warrenpfo Well-Known Member

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    Flipping fantastic, im watching with much interest and will follow suit.
     
  11. SpinDrift

    SpinDrift Well-Known Member Supporter

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    That looks great Andy. Watching with interest.
     
  12. clivehorridge

    clivehorridge Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in romania

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    Very neat and professional Andy, watching with interest :icon-biggrin:
     
  13. stumog

    stumog Well-Known Member I am in england

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    Andy
    do you have a supplier for handle / catches please. love the idea and getting the bits together now. I think i am going to do different size drawers.
    stu
     
  14. AndyCook

    AndyCook Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    No - just been looking on ebay and searching on here for them actually
    i have flight case handles aready from my old drawer system
    but looking for a different latch mechanism, preferably a sprung slam latch
     
  15. stumog

    stumog Well-Known Member I am in england

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    i looked at a supplier i used to use for catches and they dont do them. there is another company i know off but cant remeber there name.
    stu
     
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    grantw Well-Known Member Supporter

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    stumog Well-Known Member I am in england

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    Have alook here they do do the ones i was thinking of.
    They are a bit hard work but pretty cheap as they deal with the trade. they also do the Aluminium runners for tieing things down. its in coach seat section have a look good products.
    http://www.stedall.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Store.html
    Stu
     
  18. AndyCook

    AndyCook Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    I am between jobs at the moment, so cracking on with my storage drawer build

    Fitted cargo track, and protective rubber strip prior to filling the tub with elm logs i was shifting from chopping area to my log store

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    Fitted my drawer frame onto the cargo track bolts

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    Cargo track - T-bolts

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    strong shelf brackets used to make "wings" on sides of drawers for storage cubbyholes

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    the side wing area

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    cutting the Buffalo board sheet
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    Drawer tops made from buffalo board

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    one of side wings

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    Securing the top of drawers to the frame with rivnut inserts

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    space inbetween for fridge slide

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    fitted in vehicle

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    flush hex bolts secure board to frame via rivnuts

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    Last edited: Dec 18, 2013
  19. sae70

    sae70 Well-Known Member I am in uk

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    Those are a thing to behold :clap: Love 'em :icon-biggrin: We need more dimensions and part number though, else how are we supposed to make our own :icon-rolleyes: Perhaps some links to suppliers :icon-smile:
     
  20. fridayman

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    Looks very good. Will it be waterproof?
     
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