Storage Drawers - with power system

FIFO60

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Awesome work

Love the setup mate. Rear drawers in the 60 is high up on my to do list and I know I'll be checking back here for ideas! Great write up
 

stackner

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thanks everyone for the compliments.

no, I don't mind if you use my ideas, I shared in the hopes that it would benefit the community :)

hints/tips, ummm lets see, "measure twice, cut once" LOL
Ive already recommended the glue and ply that I used, I can tell you where to get the tiedown tracks from in Australia at a very fair price.

Carpet was the budget $20/meter stuff from bunnings. I think its called "cabin carpet", I chose it because it is a bit thinner than marine carpet which meant it was easier to fold around corners and edges. Contact glue is a *****.......... but I used a product called "Parfix Fast Grip contact adhesive". I chose this over the regular selleys brand because the Parfix has a good reputation and is both heat and water resistant (only time will tell)

As I said in a previous post, I highly recommend drawing p a scale 3d model of your project in Sketchup. The time you spend learning to use it and creating the 3D computer model is well worth the effort.

I am happy to post the file of my model, but you will need to install sketch up to use my file. The advantage of looking at my file is that you will be able to see how I rebated drawer runners to minimise wasted space. for example, drawer runners are about 20mm thick so one each side and you lose 40mm of usable space inside your drawer width, but with a little thought and a router, you can easily get 32mm of that back, simply rebate the runners 8mm into the cabinet sides and 8mm into the drawer sides, that still leaves you 9mm of ply thickness to fix the runners to, for greater fastening strength, I used countersunk head bolts with "t nuts" since these pull flush into the ply. I also used the same (bolt/tnut) fastening for my battery tray and compressor.

So, 3D model available if anyone wants it and I can do closeup photos of anything that anyone has questions on. I'f you're on or near the Gold Coast QLD, then your also welcome to come and have a look.

Thanks for the interest in my project
Craig

do you still have the file mate? love a copy.
 

Clutch

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Awesome set up, full of great ideas.

I am planning a drawer system for my Hilux that will include:
Duel battery
solar charging
Alternator Charging
Water pump
Air Compressor
240V invertor
and you have definitly helped me with some great ideas.

I am a little curious about the wiring with the front and rear red anderson plugs, my understanding is the front red anderson is to connect a 2nd battery (parralled from aux battery) and the rear one is connected to a solar charger for solar panels, are you willing to post a wiring diagram of how you have set it up?

Thank You.
 

cnut

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So here we are 5 1/2 years later and the Jackie is going to a new owner. She has been a great vehicle and the drawers have certainly stood the test of time. I did upgrade the inverter to a 1000/2000W model but everything else remained the same and is all still in perfect working order.

We are off to Germany for 4 months and when we get back, we will be settling into South Australia (Barossa Valley) so I'll be looking for another 4WD when we settle in and I'll be doing a similar build for that. Thinking it might be a Prado this time but I'll need to look for an older model (before they started putting the 3rd row seats under the floor).

I don't have a lot of Prado knowledge so if anyone has any suggestions of years/models that were better than others or best engine to look for etc etc, I'm ready to learn as much as possible before buying.

Cheers
Craig
 

Chris Jackson

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Craig, Great to see you back. Ive been working for many hours using sketchup but have not managed to get to a stage of an image like yours. Any chance of you posting the sketchup image? Would be very helpful.
Thanks
Chris
 
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Tim G

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Hi Craig, I'm new to this site today 21 March 2020.
I've just recently purchased an 80 series and looking for ideas just like this..

This is just fantastic, probably one of the best setups I've seen so far, after months of researching online.

My question is, how much higher is your draw system compared to ones out there to purchase from retailers?

I want to be able to fold down the back seats and have the whole back area 1 flat surface just like you have.
Tim.
 

Munsie

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Thought I'd share my DIY drawers, very much appreciate Cnut's contribution as it gave me great ideas.
I use my car daily driver at around 40,000ks a year so I went with a quick fit in and remove as I need, as I unfortunately don't get out as much as I'd like it has to stay in the shed too often. When I head off I use my setup for free camping when mountain biking, 4 wheeling and camping. Setup and packup takes around 30-40 minutes and I have a setup of shelves very close to the car for ease with storage.
There have been some other posts mention about weight, I'd guess it's under 100Kg including bike gear, fridge, food, water and other essentials. cost of drawers was getting up to $800 as there's a lot of 16mm & 12mm ply and some of the fittings and carpet is not cheap.
Rebated corners for strength, screwed and glued then wrapped in carpet, so far no movement in any parts.
The clothing box has a hand screw inside that joins it to the drawers so can be left out or moved if I need the 5 seats. I can also use only the drawers if needed to keep it as a 5 seater.
I did look around although all I found pre made had sharp corners, metal outsides or were too deep to fit y car. I'm happy with the outcome and that it's a DIY, although it did take many weekends.
Here it is in final testing for size and fit out.
 

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Munsie

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Here I'm part way through packing for a week's trip to TAS, as it was a few nights I chose to swag it.
I do have room, although a bit cosy, to sleep inside if only a short trip or bad weather.
 

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Munsie

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As I generally travel alone I have the full passenger side, here I keep my electrical cables and plugs, inverter etc in the ammo box, and the bin that doubles as a wash-up sink etc. And in a few photos the essentials wrapped in plastic...
 

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Munsie

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Even though the Everest is a big vehicle they're surprisingly short on space inside when you start to load it. It's probably due to being a 7 seater all easy to fold down etc. Fridge is now strapped in better so it's not a projectile in an accident.
 

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Munsie

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In the drawers I have water, food, folding table and chair, stove and other items. I may invest in smaller stove as this one is wasteful on space. Drawers are on special perspex slides, didn't go with the rails as I need them to come out easy and with the bike carrier can't always pull them out straight.
 

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Munsie

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I have the whole lot straped down using the side tie downs in the car so it doesn't move a lot, if at all. There's also room for my solar panel on the side to charge my lithium battery.
Hope someone finds useful and gets inspiration to do a DIY themselves as I did from Cnut's post.
Apologies for the multiple posts, first time poster here and could not work out how to put in one long post, maybe the modirator may want to join them all if possible.
 
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