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Date:         Sat, 6 Jan 2018 19:55:37 -0600
Reply-To:     Ralph Meyermann <ralphmeyermann@GMAIL.COM>
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From:         Ralph Meyermann <ralphmeyermann@GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: UnderVan Storage for tools and whatnot
Comments: To: Richard Koerner <>
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Jealous! Wanting to do the Baja trip! Told my daughter we're going before she hits college in 6 yrs. Was hoping to do the aux fuel tank and a new diesel fueled heater set up which would take up the space under the slider. I figured the clamshell toolbox would be a fairly easy/somewhat cost efficient mod to do

On Jan 6, 2018 7:49 PM, "Richard Koerner" <> wrote:

> I've been following this thread....good ideas. Personally, having the > spare tire in the clamshell is easy for me and the extra bit of front end > crash protection is also welcomed. > But as a 28+ year Vanagon owner, we are always looking for extra storage > space in otherwise unused nooks and crannies. For instance....I keep a > fold-up umbrella in the ventilation channel in the driver side front door; > and I keep a set of jumper cables, a spare fuel pump, gas filter, and > Ignition Switch shoved down in the space on the passenger side next to the > radiator behind the upper grill; these are bagged in heavy plastic; works > great....5 slot screws and you are in. > I used to carry an old school 1 gallon metal gas can full of fuel inside > my Tintop 85 Vanagon under the rear seat; always bothered me a little bit > having gasoline stored on the inside of a vehicle. > So I built a plywood box made from 3/4" scrap wood. About 24" long x 8" > wide x 6" high. It mounts via screws from above to the under side of the > Vanagon; in that "empty" space under the Slider Door. The box has a hinged > door with a keyed lock; everything is painted Flat Black. No loss of > ground clearance; not noticeable at all really (never been looked at by > Mexican officials when traveling to see the whales in Baja for instance); I > even put a circle of black electrical tape over the key entrance on the > door of the box to prevent ingress of crud into the lock and also to help > hide the shiny lock; add a little road dirt and everything becomes pretty > much invisible to most folks. I keep the key in my glovebox, and can > access this "hidden" storage box with a minimum of fuss in like 15 seconds. > > That's where I keep my 1 gallon can of gasoline, and I also keep a 1 > gallon can of Coleman Fuel for my old school stove which I use outside. > But such a box would also be a great place to store tools and whatnot. > Since I have a Tintop and not a Westy with propane tanks, I'm considering > building a 2nd plywood box for the Driver Side. > Rich > San Diego > > > > From: Ralph Meyermann <ralphmeyermann@GMAIL.COM> > To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM > Sent: Saturday, January 6, 2018 7:34 AM > Subject: Clamshell toolbox > > Howdy Volks. After going with a rear spare tire carrier, I was pondering > what to do with that available space. I ended up adapting my home made > larger clamshell/tire carrier into a toolbox. I found it handy. Currently I > took it to my machine/Fab shop guys to make a refined design/prototype. > Roughly 27"x 27" the front of it has 45° angles on the sides and 7" tall. > The first quote was $211. I went downs and verified a few design aspects > including a better sealing surface for the lid and how it fastens down. The > first one/prototype is currently being built. Looking at $211-$250 final > cost from machine shop, I don't know what shipping or anything could be > yet. Hopefully It'll be what I envision and be able to have them available > for those with alternative spare tire carriers. Storage is worth it's > weight in gold, Westy or tin top. > > >

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