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Old 04-05-2012, 02:41 AM
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Behind seat ammo box storage question

After a ton of searching and still not finding what im after I thought I would just make a post. I'm trying to figure out a good sized ammo box that fits in the trunk area without taking up the whole thing. I would like it to be big enough to hold my jumper cables, bottle jack, recovery gear etc. I like the size of the 81 mm box but would like something a little taller. I decided to go with the ammo box instead of building an instatrunk. Anyone have some pics of their setup or know some good sized cans to use? Thanks
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I'll post pics in the morning but I think I've got what you have in mind.

I picked up a large ammo can at an auction a few years ago, I think it was used for small artillery. It fits pretty darn good with room for two smaller ammo cans along side them. Based off of my memory it's 10" wide, 6" deep and 28" long. It fits jumpers, a poncho, some tools, crowbar, flares...

Two smaller, one fifty cal and one thirty cal if I remember right, fit along side it and it's shallow enough to leave room for an axe and shovel to fit behind the seat.

All behind the seat of a 2000 Wrangler.

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I dont know if this is what your looking for. I just replaced my center console with this box. Fits real nice, just had to grind down about 5/8" off the E-brake mount to get it to drop down in and had a local canvas company make me a pad that i attached with velcro to the lid. With a ammo can lock kit and new heavy duty pad lock it cost me $29. I can't post pics of it in my TJ but i can PM or email them to you if interested




Monocular Night Vision - Ammo type can
6" wide x 13" tall x 11" long
$16.99
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i'm working on something like this. I was going to mount it to my tailgate so it would swing out. the can is 18x10x6 and not the biggest can out there, but it will fit most of what I stuff in it.

its a 40mm practice grenade can, the top does not hinge, it actually pulls completely off
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I went with the smaller cans. I built an enclosure so that when the tailgate is closed and locked you can't get to the cans. The back is not fully enclosed, just has a 4" piece running along the back so that the seat will still fold and tumble. I went with the smaller cans so that I don't have to pull everything out just the stuff I need. Like tire repair, recovery, wrenches, and sockets. The enclosure will also keep the cans from leaving if I happen to take a roll.
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Was looking for something similar to this..US Military 81mm Ammo Can $11.88

Only thing its about 1 1/2" to wide to fit with the seat in place but really want something around the dimensions. Any ideas?
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Was looking for something similar to this..US Military 81mm Ammo Can $11.88

Only thing its about 1 1/2" to wide to fit with the seat in place but really want something around the dimensions. Any ideas?
I'm pretty sure that's what I have and it fits great.
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I'm pretty sure that's what I have and it fits great.
Going by the measurements they give for the box and the room I have it looks like a tight fit. They have a military surplus store not to far from the house so I guess I could go do a test fit. You do still have the seat in right? If you had a pic it would help me get a good idea of how much room was left on the sides. Thanks
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Go to Cabela's fishing department. They have soft tackel bags on sale all the time for about $9. They have a large center compartment and smaller compartments on both sides and the ends. They are no longer then an ammo can and store easily.

If you stop in often enough they become avaible in different colors. I use them for tools in one, dog stuff in another, personel stuff in another, etc. Very handy and cheap.


For tools I have in one bag a 3/8 socket set, full set of open box all the way to 19mm, torque set, screw drivers and more.
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i finished this up last night...
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^^^ That turned out awesome! Every time I think I get an idea in my head of what I want to do someone else gives me another! Nice job

Are those just attached with blind nuts and spacers? And where did you get the hardware?
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^^^^ Looks awesome. Great job!
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I appreciate the compliments. I posted it over in the cheap creative mods thread also...

The most difficult part was ensuring the tailgate holes and the holes on the box worked out so 1) the tailgate mounts/studs didnt hit the indented parts of the tailgate (on the inside) or drill through the outside, and 2) the ammo can had some angled supports that had to be out of the way of the mount studs. Also ensuring the gate will close with the window bar in place was in the mix. I measured 10 times and drilled once, and still had to tweak the studs over a bit to get them to line up!

I drilled the tailgate to accept some Riv-nuts, and got them secure. With some all-tread I screwed it into the riv-nuts (or blind nuts) and then ran some 7/8th inch couplers down on it. I put two temporary nuts on it to create a uniform length of all-thread sticking out of the coupler and took a hack saw to it, then removed the temp nuts and had a stud sticking out about 3/8ths from the coupler (the coupler acts as a stand off so the box it out away from the tailgate and wont rattle metal on metal). With matching holes drilled into the ammo can, just set the studs in the holes and got some thumb nuts (everything was 1/4-20 threads) to secure it tight.

If I want to take the can off, I undo the thumb nuts. If I want the studs off the tailgate, I loosen the couplers ( they are acting like a jam nut on the all-thread also) and unthread the all-thread and I am left with just flush riv-nuts.

A storage box that is attached when i want it our can be removed when I don't! The ammo cans lid also come completely off so i didnt have to think about how it hinged or anything.

Drove with it empty today and cant hear it at all. The tailgate was thicker than I thought it would be so weight isn't an issue as of yet. I have a feeling some tools in there are going to rattle loud so i may try to line it with something to cut the potential noise down.

almost all the hardware was from Lowes, only thing I had to order was the Riv-nuts...got them from McMaster-Carr. Couldnt seem to find any that were the style i needed for sheet metal, everything locally was for thicker metal.
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Here it is along with a couple of ammo cans to show what kind of room is left over.



Opened up showing the goods. Jumpers, Crowbar, Flares, Chain, wrenches, tubing, poncho...



As it sits



I hope this helps and I hope the pictures worked.
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^^ Looks like it fits good with a little room to spare. Going to the surplus on Monday so if they have an 81mm box its going home with me! Thanks for the pics I appreciate it.

Just noticed on the last pic your box shows its a 105mm box. Maybe thats why it fits a little better. No big deal just have to keep my eyes open for one of those as well.
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i finished this up last night...
My husband just did this to ours yesterday. Looks good, doesnt take up too much space.
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i finished this up last night...
Man I love that! I wish I had the skills to do this. I'm terrible at doing stuff like that.

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