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Old November 28th, 2012, 10:33 AM
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Replace Rear Seat With Platform

I am think about remove the rear seat, its mounting hardware and seat belts in my 1994 Defender 90 and replacing with some sort of platform. Thus creating storage space under the platform and a place for the dog on top. As I am a firm believer in Engineering Principle #1 (Never Reinvent The Wheel!), I would like to hear from people who have done this how they did it. Pictures are worth a thousand words.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 10:36 AM
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Old November 28th, 2012, 10:48 AM
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I think this is cool. Cant remember where I saw it but I saved the photos!
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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:03 AM
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I removed the rear jump seats from my 97 wagon and replaced them with a platform. I'll post some pictures later. I used 1" square aluminum tube and connectors from EZ Tube (http://www.eztube.com/) to construct the frame. The top is 3/4" plywood covered in indoor/outdoor carpet. I added a few tie downs for the dog crate and fridge. The whole thing sits in between (and flush) with the wheel wells. I found no need to bolt it to the tub or anything like that - it is light and can be removed in 30 seconds if needed. The storage underneath is great.

And it cost less than $100.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:11 AM
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Manimal had a custom drawer make up and sold it. Can't get the link on my iPhone but search titles custom lockers or his user name.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:33 AM
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Here's my custom drawer. The nice thing is that it creates a large flat space and is huge.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 09:34 PM
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Here are a few pictures.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 01:18 AM
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Here are a few pictures.
Those tubing connectors are a great idea !

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Old November 29th, 2012, 04:05 AM
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Love set up Jefferson. Thanks for the link.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 10:51 AM
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Jefferson,

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Old November 29th, 2012, 11:04 AM
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Manimal had a custom drawer make up and sold it. Can't get the link on my iPhone but search titles custom lockers or his user name.
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http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=16843
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Old November 29th, 2012, 11:12 AM
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Here are a few pictures.
Wow, I'll definitely have to look at this set-up. I know my dog would love it
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Old November 29th, 2012, 11:57 AM
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Itís a basic design and a fairly good solution to not having enough floor space between the wheel wells. My dog is generally crated on long trips and the deck allows me to get my fridge and a couple 1650s in there easily.

A piece of carpeted plywood spanning the wheel wells is a fine option as well, just a pain to maneuver in and out.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 12:04 PM
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here are some of a d110 with a "flat floor for the dogs"
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Old November 29th, 2012, 12:06 PM
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In the 110 I pulled the rear troop seats and built a simple platform that spanned the tub. 3/4 plywood, with 2x4 supports on the sides and across the front edge. Indoor/Outdoor carpeting to cover. The dogs now have a lounge back there, and all our luggage tucks neatly underneath.
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