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    Defender Outback storage drawer platform extension.

    We’re off on a road trip in the Defender (aka the Kelvinator). Four weeks heading west from Sydney aiming initially for Esperance WA. We’ll make the rest up from there. It will be our first trip across the Nullarbor.


    The last time we did a big trip to central Oz we stacked the Oztent and the bagged bedding on the roof. Which was a pain in the “fundament” for one-night stands. Not to mention the impact on fuel economy!

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    This time as much as possible goes inside. The Oztent and mattresses stay at home and are substituted with a large swag.


    In order to fit the swag in I’ve removed the rear seats (they must weigh a combined 100 kilos!) and extended the Outback storage drawer platform 75 cm. Giving a total of 180 cm of flatness on which to stow stuff. The other benefit is additional stowage under the platform where the seats were.


    The obligatory expedition to Bunnings for bits resulted in:



    • · 1.2 x 1.2 m 12mm ply
    • · marine carpet
    • · Four angle brackets
    • · 3m length of aluminium 21 x 12mm channel
    • · contact adhesive
    • · nuts, bolts and screws
    • · and one kilo of body weight lost walking up and down aisles looking for stuff



    It’s a very simple design with an upright ply “blade” fixed via 100x75 angle brackets to two of the four seat bolts. This blade supports the platform fixed to it by two smaller angle brackets.


    The rear edge is bolted to the drawer unit using the existing four rivnuts on the unit. Given that the holes in the ply were close to the edge I reinforced them with some angle I had lying around. Some flat would have done equally well but I didn’t want to do another circumnavigation of Bunnings.


    I’m well pleased with the result.

    I snatched victory from the jaws of defeat at two stages in the process. Laying the carpet: that contact adhesive grabs and doesn’t give back! The miters at the corners of the channel turned out ok given that I used a jig saw rather than a drop-saw.


    All-in-all it was two days’ work including the retail experience.

    As I don't have a cargo barrier I'll be adding some more tie-down points.


    So to the slide show:


    Blade support






    Topside

    I added some carpet strips to the corners to protect the front seats.






    Underside


    Two brackets for the blade fixing and the reinforcement angle for the rear fixing points.






    Side view
    (installed)







    Foot-well view








    Rear view



    Last edited by one_iota; 9th September 2019 at 11:43 PM.
    Mahn England

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    equipped with TARDIS aerodynamics and backward time travel capability

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    nice job and you matched the edging.

    how have you attached the netting on the roof?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clintooo View Post
    nice job and you matched the edging.

    how have you attached the netting on the roof?
    Thanks clintooo

    The net is a Milford Protecta Net. It came with numerous fixing options. Here's a shot of the front edge.

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    The back edge uses clips for easy opening. It's great for light stuff like coats and hats but stretches a great deal so heavier stuff bounces around.
    Mahn England

    DEFENDER 110 wagon '08

    http://www.aulro.com/afvb/members-ri...elvinator.html

    equipped with TARDIS aerodynamics and backward time travel capability

    Ex 300Tdi Disco:


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    cheers

    that looks like a good idea.

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