Securing drawers in a 100 series

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 12:00
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I am thinking of making some drawers including a fridge slide to put in the back of the 100 series. I have looked at all the posts here and found some really good ideas.

In the back of the 100 series are "bars" to secure the thrid row of seats when they are down. When we go away, I take the seats out. I am hoping to have my drawer system removable, so am looking for a way to secure the drawers into the back. These "bars" seem like a very strong item to use.

Has anyone out there done something similar ? If so how ?


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Reply By: rolande- Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 12:15

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 12:15
G'Day Cameron,

Look for previous posts on Qubelok to make the drawers.

As for removing the seats, this can only be done legally as a "temporary" measure, so you will need to show the drawers are equally as removable if questioned.

Hope this helps

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Follow Up By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 13:24

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 13:24
The issue of legalities etc has been done to death in another post a few months ago.. the end result is that unless you are welding the draws into the vehicle and/or removing the mounting points for the seats then anything else is considered 'temporary' (no time frame for the work is specified, so even if it takes you two days to remove the draws and replace the seats, it's still temporary. That is the official advice from the SA DEPT of transport) (different of course if you are adding seats.)
I have an 05 GU patrol with the same issue, I have removed the rear row of seats, wrapped them in plastic and stored them in the back of my garage somewhere.. I have a custom built set of draws and the way I mounted it to the floor was to buy the fitting points for the Milford cargo barrier. This involes drilling a 20mm hole in the floor under the carpet, inserting a steel plate with threaded holes and then screwing them in (see any Milford supplier) I think it cost me about $20 for the three mounting points. I mounted these under the fridge slide (draws on one side, fridge on the other) this allowed me to have the fridge as low as possible for easy access and doesn't interfere with the operation of the draws by having bolts sticking up (the fridge slide has a bit of clearance between the fridge and bottom of draw unit so the protruding bolt heads aren't a problem.

Good luck
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Follow Up By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 13:26

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 13:26
One thing I forgot to mention.. not sure about the cruiser (I assume you have a spare wheel underneath and no long range tank) but with the Nissan, the fuel tank is under the rear floor, so ensure you lift the carpet and remove the fuel tank access cover in the floor to check where the fuel lines and how much clearance you have etc. There is plenty of places to fit the mounting points, but if you happen to put one in the wrong spot by just drilling straight through.. LOOK OUT.. OOPS
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Follow Up By: rolande- Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 13:41

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 13:41
In the Patrol there should be 8 captive nuts already in the floor, 4 at the tie downs, two for the rear seats and 2 for child restraints. Should have no need to drill more holes. Most drawer manufacturers use these captive nuts to mount their systems
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Reply By: Member - Leith H (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 12:46

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 12:46

I made some drawers and fridge slide for my Prado and used U bolts through my frame and the third row seat catches you are refering to.

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Follow Up By: Cammo - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 13:48

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 13:48
Thanks Leith. This is what I thought I would do, but was unsure if I could find ubolts that coud fit around the seat catches and the drawer frame. My other concern was whether these would be strong enough.
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 13:24

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 13:24
Not sure if the same applies to the LC100 but secured my drawers in the rear of my Prado using the 3rd seat row lock down point on the floor. Unbolted the securing points. Bought a couple of new bolts as there was an unusual thread pattern so had to go to a specialist bolt supplier).

Recessed a piece of flat steel with holes in the draw base and bolt it on. Been in for 4 years now without a drama.

Regards removing the seats. If you have a cargo barrier you can't carry passengers behind it anyway. Also if you leave the seat belts it only regarded as "temporary".
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 14:07

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 14:07
Cammo, after you have removed the seats, remove the carpet and there are 2 10mm (Ithink) threaded holes that you can use to secure your drawers. Without checking my cruiser, I think they secure the seat belt or a bracket securing the seats. Sorry can't remember what it did. They are on both sides and about 150mm in from the back. I welded a lug on either side of my drawers and bolt down through the threaded nut. There is another bolt hole behind the centre row of seats in the centre which gives me 3 bolt down points. Instead of putting the original carpet back, use some marine type carpet so that if it gets stuffed up, you can ditch it without having to buy new carpet mats at an inflated price.
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Reply By: fozzy - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 14:28

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 14:28
have you thought of false floor ie marine ply and use some of existing holes to bolt that to floor.(only weighs roughly 5-10kg if that
from there you can bolt drawers or anything you like anywhere on that piece of wood rather than being restricted to mounting in existing holes in florr or drilling into floor(especially when fuel tank is close to floor in places).
can even cut holes with drill and then jigsaw to sit over the 4 existing seat mounts without worrying about taking plastic trim off.
do whatever suits what you carry or may intend to carry if a long term vehicle
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