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Old August 1st, 2012, 12:52 PM
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Feeler - Console base/spacer

I made myself a spacer/base to mount beneath my Tuffy in the 90 out of some 1/4" aluminum angle (3" legs) and 1/8" flat stock. Basically the unit was designed to both raise my console approximately 3" which I think makes it more comfortable and it also allowed me to gain additional storage space beneath the console that is "secure". I installed my stereo amplifier, the control box for my Cobra 75 CB and some relays for various electronics within the base.

Anyways, I am now making one for another forum member so I figured I would put the feeler out to see if other folks are interested as well. I still have enough material for several more units because of the lengths I had to get.

My current design/dimensions are for the 12" wide Tuffy box but I can customize if needed. Also, I made the base so that it extends forward of the Tuffy about 2-1/2" to close up the gap between the console and the MUD tunnel tray. This also gave me a nice place to mount a 12V outlet and the remote lead for the CB. Additionally, I notched it to fit over the bump in the seat base so it essentially locks the console base in place. I also installed a stainless steel piano hinge to allow me to pivot the console up to access the electronics beneath.

I am thinking pricing would fall somewhere in the $75-100 range depending on interest and any customizing that may be requested. Please let me know if you are interested.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 01:01 PM
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Cool idea. Where is the piano hinge?
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Old August 1st, 2012, 01:06 PM
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Sorry, realized I didn't actually have a pic of the piano hinge so will have to take one later and post. Basically the hinge mounts to the rear of the base and then into the bottom of the console. I can get my console (which has a cup holder mounted on the back) to about 60* before it hits the bar and can go to almost a full 90* without the cup holder.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 01:16 PM
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That would be nice. I'm having trouble picturing how it as a whole. Can you take a pic (installed) from behind the front seats as well? The way I'm picturing it in my head there'd be a little interfere with the W bar portion of the rollcage behind the front seats. Also, does your box now utilize the captive nuts under the truck that the Tuffy used before, and the Tuffy just bolts into the top your box without going all the way through to the captive nuts below the truck?
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Old August 1st, 2012, 01:22 PM
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I will snap a photo for you later this afternoon...but yes, the base mounts to the captive nuts at the front of seat base and at the rear. I also added two more mounting points in the middle because I think a PO had added mounting holes there too but I don't believe the additional mounting points really do anything. I then just marked, drilled and tapped holes in the top for the Tuffy to mount to. Part of the reason for the 1/4" aluminum was to have something beefy enough to get a few threads on for mounting the Tuffy
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Old August 1st, 2012, 01:56 PM
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I'd be interested. I have a Tuffy I haven't installed yet. I'm not sure it is the same size, though.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 02:19 PM
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Do you have a Tig or a spool gun? I've got a friend that needs some minor repair on the rear corner of his tub.
Jeff, I TIG aluminum. Feel free to pm me with what he needs done.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 07:47 PM
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Josh, hopefully these photos help...

#1 - Rear of console as is (installed with cupholder)
#2 - An attempt at a hinge photo
#3 - Inside hinge photo
#4 - Rear of console open with cupholder
#5 - Angle console opens to with cupholder
#6 - Rear of console without cupholder
#7 - Angle console will open to without cupholder


Briggs, I have actually been brazing these together so far but plan to switch to a spool gun if I continue making them.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 09:14 PM
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Jeff, I TIG aluminum. Feel free to pm me with what he needs done.
Sweet Ed, do me a favor and get cracking on this. I'm hoping I can buff it out, but if not what do you think - may take you an hour or so to TIG?

Should I use the red or the white rubbing compound first?

Can you say "wrenching party"?
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Old August 1st, 2012, 09:18 PM
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Is it vented? Does the amp generate much heat? I was thinking of doing something like this but putting one of those little computer fans on a thermostat to move some air through it
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Is it vented? Does the amp generate much heat? I was thinking of doing something like this but putting one of those little computer fans on a thermostat to move some air through it
You may be able to see in one of the early photos that I have a 1" diameter hole in one corner...this is right next to the amp and I figure I can add a fan as well if needed. That being said, I have had the stereo on all day wheeling in 100*+ and no issues so far. I did however put some dynamat beneath the whole setup to try to keep the heat from the trans/t-case to a minimum.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 09:39 PM
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Wow. Jason, I hope you and family (including the wolfers) are okay. That looks like a solid hit.
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Sweet Ed, do me a favor and get cracking on this. I'm hoping I can buff it out, but if not what do you think - may take you an hour or so to TIG?

Should I use the red or the white rubbing compound first?

Can you say "wrenching party"?
Finally a chance to use my Harbor Freight dolly and hammer kit!

That's crazy Lav...how did that happen?
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Old August 1st, 2012, 10:50 PM
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Long story staring with a faulty parking brake and ending with a stone wall. Will catch you up to speed over many, many beers at Rausch.
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Huffy,

I take one of those bases, I think it is a cool place for a firearm.

Can we add a lock?

I take one regardless

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Jeff, good pics - exactly what I was wondering about. Does it rattle over bumps or on the trail or anything? Gustavo has a good point with the lock-it-down suggestion. When do you need to know by?

Jason, I figured one of your German Shepherds ran into the back of that thing! Glad you're all alright.

Goose - new truck?
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Jeff, good pics - exactly what I was wondering about. Does it rattle over bumps or on the trail or anything? Gustavo has a good point with the lock-it-down suggestion. When do you need to know by?

Jason, I figured one of your German Shepherds ran into the back of that thing! Glad you're all alright.

Goose - new truck?
No, I will put it in the 911... it will look nice
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Old August 5th, 2012, 02:56 PM
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No, I will put it in the 911... it will look nice
Glad to see you back buddy! you have been gone too long...you coming to HH? we can talk about what you are thinking for a lock
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Huffy,

I take one of those bases, I think it is a cool place for a firearm.

Can we add a lock?

I take one regardless

Thanks
x2 put me in for one, preferably with a lock a la Goose.
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