Chevy Pick-up Bed Enclosure

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Project by meanjgreen posted 03-15-2012 03:28 PM 6878 views 10 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

long story short..
Last summer I got really busy and started using my truck a lot to work in Brooklyn and the City

I needed to secure my tools, and equip. I needed something, anything soon

At first I literally threw something together in a couple of hours one night. I welded some square tubing into 2 sections of cross supports and slapped 3 pieces of heavy ply with some door hinges. I locked it by screwing the ply down to metal.

I was around the truck so much, in it, working off the back, thats was the primary element of my day. It was just a matter of time before I started putting in a little work here and there even if for 15 mins.

Alot of the wood is ply maybe 3 2 to 4 different grains veneer.veneer on ply; cutoffs that I had accumulated over time. as I started running out of the pretty veneer I started in with solid pieces, cutting to the 1/4” height of all the ply.

Yes water was a concern. Surprising not in the design rather a nuisance I was constantly managing…throwing a tarp on, off, on , off. Load tools, Unload tools move tools, needing the tool under the tarp.. that I just moved, etc. And trying to keep everything dry.

But the actual water proofing was a non issue. I knew I wanted to line all the edges and seams with something like a gasket,and one day was painting inside and noticed the weather strips that are used on doors. And that was that Home Depot and done. Maybe a little epoxy, and etc caulking in some places here and there.

I used something like a water resisting product made for outdoor decks and things. I have been since applying clear polyurethane when I can and will cont until it builds up right.

the dark plate you see is steel I
thought it would be something that might have come in handy.

I found about 8 matching antique locks in Dads space ( it’s a freakin treasure hunt in there evertime man, love it) anyway not sure what kind they are but they are copper or brass and will work well I think. I just have to give it some thought…

-- Saving the planet! handmade object at a time. ~J. Greene - Montgomery, Al. Residing in (Greenpoint) Brooklyn, NY

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#1 posted 03-15-2012 03:35 PM

Looks great.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-15-2012 04:23 PM

Nice build. I would never have thought of something like this!

-- _Moose_ Hooper, UT

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#3 posted 03-15-2012 05:40 PM

Very cool, looking forward to hearing the story.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#4 posted 03-15-2012 06:09 PM

Hope your story includes how you keep the water out or if you do.

Looks good.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#5 posted 03-15-2012 10:42 PM

Now there’s something you don’t see every day, looks really cool

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 03-15-2012 11:28 PM

yea, water leakage and holding up to the elements would b my concerns…..other than that, awsome project!

-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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#7 posted 03-16-2012 12:54 AM

Awesome is the first word that comes to my mind!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 03-16-2012 01:44 AM

Now that is a fine lookin’ lid! Great job and unique as can be.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 03-16-2012 02:02 AM

A much more impressive build than the one I did for a Chevy S-10. Looks great!!!

Aannxxiioouussllyy aawwaaiittiinngg tthhee ssttoorryy!! !! !!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 03-16-2012 02:50 AM

This is awesome! I love all the differing pieces of wood.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#11 posted 03-16-2012 03:04 AM

Looks cool. Normally as a mechanic I would say something about the weight killing your fuel mileage, but at 4.00+ a gallon there’s really no need. Is that spar varnish?

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#12 posted 03-16-2012 03:47 AM

that is cool!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 03-16-2012 04:18 AM

Just amazing!

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#14 posted 03-16-2012 08:06 AM

NYC parking is a serious money game here. The money hungry mayor has figured out that the lower he pays these people the dumber the applicants. The meter maids here are like robots, they do one thing all day, issue summons. I was just watching a you tube video the other night about the beverage truck who makes 24 deliveries a day and receives more than 20 summons’ a day at 115 dollars a pop. It’s crazy how quick a meter maid will show up and issue a summons. Geographically the DOT has mastered the art of placing meter maids on the right grids. There’s even a web page that can show you exactly how many summons’ were issued for each street in the entire city for the year. My mother is still in Brooklyn. On Sunday’s, way in the middle of the borough the mayor has the meter maids walking up the residential neighborhoods looking at inspection stickers on cars. He puts one on each side of the street and the walk all day. That’s the kind of crap that encouraged me to move to NJ
They go to work and have no compassion for others all day. Then at the end of the day they put their work vehicles all over the place at their station.

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#15 posted 03-16-2012 12:01 PM

Ha! That is awesome! Now you have to continue the process and replace the truck’s body panels with wood.
Very inventive and eye catching!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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