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Old 06-16-2013, 11:56 PM   #1
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Ammo can mounting boxes

I have a pair of large ammo can boxes I use to store tools, straps, etc.. That I would like to mount in the rear of my 2013 4 door. I've seen others where they drill through the pan and bolt them down. I'd rather not drill through the pan if I can figure out how to use an existing mount and there are two in the back that are candidates. One is the back bolt holding the seat in. The other is the tie down hook.

I'm planning on making a mount to hold the ammo can and bolt it in. I'm mainly mounting it so it's secure in the back and won't fly around while wheeling. I'd also like it secure when the top is off that someone can't grab it and walk. I've thought about a couple designs, but something along these lines is where I'm at...

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Sheet of aluminum 1 1/4 times the size of the bottom of the ammo box. Thinking about a 1/4 inch thick.

1-1 1/2 inch high aluminum angle bar a few feet long.

A couple bolts, wing nuts to attach ammo box to fabbed mount.

To fab - take aluminum angle bar and cut 45 degree triangles out of the bar and then bend closed the corners together so it makes a rectangle slightly larger than ammo box. Preferably snug to the box, so there are no rattles. I have someone that will weld aluminum for me cheap, so I'd have them tack the corners together. Then weld this frame to the aluminum plate with a couple inches extra extending to the back that can be bolted to one of the above mounts.

Then I'd drill holes in the bottom of box and plate and then bolt them up using the wing nuts so I can pop them out without tools.

So I'm looking for thoughts and advice. Is any of this stupid? Is there a better way? I have modest power tools like saws, grinders, etc. but no metal working tools like brakes.


One other note... I don't want to drill through the boxes. I thought about a band or large U-bolt type thing strapping it into mount, but that seems like more trouble than it's worth every time I want to open up the box. So if there is a better way to secure these, I'd love to hear it.

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Old 06-18-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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I had a similar idea for my JK but found a 40" Jeep trailer tool box that fits between the rear wheel wheels perfectly.

I did drill thru the bottom & used square end eye bolts to mount to the (removed) rear seat brackets. It's been bolted in place now for nearly a year, with no problems. I did have to run a new-rubber strip between lid & sides of box, as well as on the latch & padlock to keep it quiet.

I wanted more locking room than the ammo cans offered. Plus at 40" it's long enough for a variety of long arms as well as tools, cameras, etc.

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That sounds great. Where did you find that?
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:59 AM   #4
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That sounds great. Where did you find that?
I picked mine up at Lowes Hardware and used the seat bracket bolts to hold it in. This works great and I can lock my stuff up too.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:34 PM   #5
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My Jeep tool box was in a surplus M101 generator trailer. Stopped by a barn sale and found a nifty trade for it....so I have literally $0 cash in the deal.

Amazing that it fits perfectly @ 40" long and about 8"x8" or so.

I've also seen the larger ammo boxes, such as cannon & small rocket ammo, that would work.

Standard ammo cans are quite doable, but for the trouble of securing them, there is limited room available.

Good luck on the project. There's nothing you can't replace once you bolt it in yourself if you find something that will work better for you.
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:35 AM   #6
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Thanks guys. Some good ideas there. The cans I have are for night vision goggles so they are about the size of two 50cal boxes stacked up. I have to do some measurements, but I'm thinking about putting in an 81mm flat can which is 25x7x13 and the combination will provide plenty of locked storage for me. I,ll post up some pics when I'm done.
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Thanks guys. Some good ideas there. The cans I have are for night vision goggles so they are about the size of two 50cal boxes stacked up. I have to do some measurements, but I'm thinking about putting in an 81mm flat can which is 25x7x13 and the combination will provide plenty of locked storage for me. I,ll post up some pics when I'm done.
Im using two 5.56mm bandoleer cans and one 7.62 can(M240 ammo can). Two for the rear and for the front... In between the seats.

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