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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…

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Looks great.
 

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

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Very cool, looking forward to hearing the story.
 

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

Looks good.
 

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

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

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

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

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

Aannxxiioouussllyy aawwaaiittiinngg tthhee ssttoorryy!! !! !!
 

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

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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?
 

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Just amazing!
 

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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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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!
 

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Nice. Put some gas lift props on that puppy!
 

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haha totally should.. why not? at least in the name of specticle…
 

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this project is one stripper pole away from perfection :eek:}
 

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Very cool cap! I have to agree with the gas lift idea. That would probably make life much easier long term.
Well done!
 

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That's one heck of a bed topper for a work truck… Nice job!
 
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