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Old June 6th, 2006, 01:28 PM
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Waterproofing Troy Smith boxes?

So, I ruined this chick's purse she got from her grandmother. Whoops. We locked it in one of my Troy Smith boxes with the surrey on and it rained.

Is there anyway to keep water from getting in these things, other than putting the soft top on?

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Old June 6th, 2006, 02:29 PM
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I don't know that you could "water-proof" them but you can possibly make them "water-resistant?" I think the most difficult task would be limiting water ingress via the hinge. I would explore the possibility of affixing neoprene or some other flexible polymer (maybe a door seal?) over the entire top of the box. That way when the lid closes and is locked the seal sits snug against the lid or another seal.

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Old June 6th, 2006, 02:45 PM
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yeah, the hinge seems to be the difficult part. What does everybody else with soft tops do about this? Live with it? Drill holes for the water to drain?

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Hmmm, I painted mine with Hurculiner (Hinges and all) and they don't seem to leak. Ohhh buttt Mine has the tops on backwards! So that lip on the inside is on the same side as the hinge,,,, I'll have to tell Troy about this for later revs as it may be what makes my boxes water tight.
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Old June 6th, 2006, 04:45 PM
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There was a guy that inquired about waterproofing his boxes in a ST. I gave it some thought and replied to install a rubber weatherstrip from the local hardware store upside down and secure it with the hinge screws. I.E. the thin metal part of the weather strip bolts down with the hinge screws leaving the rubber "sweep" sticking up. When the lid is closed, it curls the rubber "sweep' over thus preventing water intrusion, mostly anyway. I also recomended adding foam weatherstripping along the entire lid on the other 3 sides. I never heard back so I cannot tell you if that idea worked.

If someone actually does this, let me know how it works and post or send me some photos.

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Old June 6th, 2006, 09:20 PM
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i put rubber weatherstripping around the 3 sides of the lid as troy mentioned and it's worked well so far.
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Old June 7th, 2006, 04:57 PM
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Thanks, guys. When I find some damn time I'll fool around with this and will post any results.
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