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Old 05-25-2019, 12:32 AM   #121
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One of the reasons I got my JKU was to haul my dog around (I had been using my SRT-4 with all the seats removed except the drivers seat, but I figured this was better) so I removed the rear seat and made a hinged 3/4" plywood floor. I made brackets that mount to the factory seat bolts, that the hinges mount to. There's no more gap in the floor like there was with the seats folded, and there's room under it for my entrenching tool, spax axe, etc.
I found a large cargo pet liner on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 that's great. Bottom is rubberized so it doesn't slip. Long enough to go all the way up the front seat backs, and has a zippered pass-through. Covers all the way to the back (and then some) and up both sides. I added snaps at the corners, and to the plywood, so it's super secure. Also added eyelets and use Velcro strap to hold the sides to the roll bars, and Velcro tape to the back gate.

This is awesome. Great build. I sleep in my Jeep some, but need the rear seats for my dog especially on long trips where he won't lay down. I didn't realize how easy it would be to remove the 40% and do what you did for storage underneath and a flat surface for the dog and gear.

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Old 06-02-2019, 08:41 PM   #122
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Very unique build! I love all the fab you do, this gives me ideas. Subscribed.

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Old 06-04-2019, 08:40 AM
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First off, thanks for the encouraging comments! They're appreciated.
As for the "swing-out CB chassis/mount" build, I intended to take pics of all the parts after primer, but unfortunately (or not) I got a bit overzealous and ended up assembling everything (so basically, I forgot to take pics. D'oh!) But it's not a super complicated build, so I'll try to go over the basics.
Pic one shows the basic chassis. Just some 16g steel cut to size and bent to fit the CB body. Pretty simple. The piano hinge is a cheap hardware store buy that I cut down to fit (making sure the holes lined up with material on the MPS overhead rack). Not shown (besides the rotary draw latches) I made some side plates from some scrap 12g steel, that fit inside the chassis sides. They add some strength (probably not necessary) but mainly added extra material for all the screws to thread into. I didn't want everything just screwed into the 16g. Had to account for the extra 12g plates (and some thin foam I used on both sides to cushion/protect the CB) before making any bends. Made the speaker hole with a Greenlee knockout punch that I had laying around, from modding my Dakota R/T fifteen years ago, and it just happened to be the right size (much cleaner and easier then a hole saw IMHO).
As a slight side note, I picked up Woodward Fab 10" throatless metal shear to cut plate steel, and it's made my garage fabricating much easier and quicker (and my poor Dremel gets a much needed break). This is the first mod I used it on, and already I don't know how I've lived without it for 50+ years .
Pic two shows it from above the rack. Added a plug end to the CB harness, just to make install/removal easier. I made sure the wires and antenna cable (and even the mic cable, when clipped up) attach to the MPS rack in-line with the hinge, so when the CB swings down, the cables don't bind but are still secured. Ran the power/ground wires through the windshield trim, over and down the DS pillar behind the trim (I attached it to the factory rear-view mirror harness). The 18' antenna cable also goes through the windshield trim, but goes along the PS roll bar (under the padding/cover)all the way to the back.
Pic three shows the freedom panel latch from below, showing why I made the "swing-out" chassis.
Pic four shows the same freedom panel latch with the CB swung down for access. Mission accomplished .
Pic five shows the completed install. Everything painted, stainless button-head screws, mic holder mounted for easy access (I can just key and talk, without pulling it down, for short coms) and the cord doesn't hang low or swing around a bunch when driving.
FWIW I went with the Uniden PRO505XL mainly based on reviews, cost, basic features, size, and mic style/shape. Nothing fancy here.
Now, onto the antenna base/mount....could take a while. All the parts are here, but there's plenty of modding-n-fabbing in my near future.
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:55 PM
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AEV Corners installed....after some modding/fitting.
First off, the AEV corners seem like a nice quality product. With that said, they seem to be made for bone-stock Jeeps (which is obviously what we all have)? Here's just a few notes on the install/mods.
I knew before ordering them that I'd have to do some cutting on the PS corner, where the hinges are... 'cus, you know, I don't have stock hinges. So lots of measuring, marking, cutting, filing, test fitting, repeat, etc. I thought the DS corner would be a quick-n-simple bolt-on, but I'm not that lucky. The hole for the fuel fill was a bit too small for the Mopar-ish fuel door. I ended up doing a lot of grinding and sanding all the way around it to get it to fit. The DS corner was also missing two slots for the clips on the license plate holder. It would have taken about five seconds to dremel the plastic clips off, and maybe that's what I was supposed to do (don't know, 'cus the instructions never mentioned anything about them). I opted to just cut the slots in the corners, which was still a fairly quick solution. I also had to countersink the center rear hole on the DS corner, and the center two rear holes on the PS corner, and replaced the AEV bolts with stainless countersunk bolts. That was just for the mil reflectors, that need a flat surface to mount to. Note: the rear inboard "lower" two bolts (closest to the rear gate) go into double-wall areas. The corner bolts would bottom out in those holes, so I had to shorten the bolts. So just a recommendation, after installing the rivnuts, check the depth vs. bolt length before installing them. Note two: The Astro Pneumatics rivet nut tool (that I got when I installed the fender flares) was worth every penny!
Now to some quick pics.
Pic one shows the hinge side of the AEV corner, before cutting. Just some basic measuring and marking before cranking up the dremel.
Pic two shows it after cutting, filing, etc. I wanted to remove just enough material for it to fit, so I cut notches for the hinge pins. Then cut small 45° angles on the four new corners, just to avoid sharp corners. You can also see the two holes I countersunk.
Pic three shows it all mounted and the fit at the hinges. I'm happy with the fit at the hinges, but also with the corner fit as a whole (on both corners). Consistent straight gaps all the way around.
Pic four shows the two license plate mount slots that I made. Did a quick tape-off spray paint job to cover the bare metal, not pretty, but it's hidden behind the bracket anyways. You can also see the one hole I countersunk. At some point, the corners will get painted Mojave Sand also.
Pic five shows an angle shot of the PS corner hinge fit....and a sneak peak preview
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Old 06-15-2019, 03:54 PM
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Getting close!!!
A rare in-progress pic/update. Final test fitting of the antenna mount with the base installed. I'm real happy with it (so far). The bends came out nice. The base is level, centered, and the distance to the body couldn't be better. The fit is so good that in the pic, the mount isn't actually attached to the corner guard, it almost "snaps" on and holds itself in place even with the weight of the base (not that I'd leave it "hanging" there any longer then it took to take a few pics!) All that's left (with this part) is welding and paint (both of which will be out-sourced).
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