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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-12-2017, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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Made this last summer for a few camping trips after being inspired by the "Subaru-Falia" thread on one of the offroad forums. It fits like a glove and its been in my fozzy ever since I finished it, but its completely removable. This isnt a write up just pictures of my process and any tips I can give people attempting something similar.

Apologies for the inconsistent photo sizes this is my 4th attempt to post this friggin thread! lol.

Gus D. Bus -Summer 2016:


Used 3/4" plywood so weight wouldn't be a problem. Made a 2-part partition to hold flashlight, hatchet, fan, etc.
Used a metal edge piece from the hardware store to avoid tearing it up with heavy cargo:


Behind the "60" rear seat folded down maybe ~2" of clearance:


I'm 6' 3" so in order for me to fit the front passenger seat has to scoot forward a little bit:


And this guy is what sits in the gap:


Reverse side (went a little nuts with the screws on the foot support, lol) :


In place:


Those hinges let it fold up to fit in the rear:



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In the few times I've used this setup it was always raining. So making use of all the space I can inside really helps make it feel like a camper. With the 60 seat down the 40 is still a free seat. So the bed becomes a desk space:


Then it folds up to give you access to 20qt cooler storage space :


Clearance around center/door armrests:




And yes, I fit:


So does the OEM boot cover (or whatever) :


Closed, unseen:


And of course both parts have been stained (golden oak) and watersealed from top to bottom.

I've upgraded the interior a bit since these were taken so I'll have to update them in another thread. If anyone is interested to see higher res photos there is an album I made on imgur you can view here: https://imgur.com/a/MZkp1


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That looks awesome and well made too!

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Nice work. Like the origami approach, have thought about that myself on the more problematic SJ back. Dogs I see (on armrest)

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We'll never know. I bought it used like that.. It looks like a pen stab wound to me.

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Same height would love to do this, do you have some template measurements you could get to me by chance? This is way cool.
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Nice work, ditto the photos. That rig would also be handy hauling lumber, bags of cement, etc.
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Would also love to get the measurements if you have them handy. I'd like to make something like this for some summer fishing trips.

P.S. I really like the hinged headboard that doesn't require a support underneath it; free's up more storage space for said cooler!

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bump for a template/measurements
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For the width I think its 50". And length of the rear platform from hatch to back of rear seats I wanna say is ~3'. I just went along the spots I wanted to stick out further (for the side compartments in the rear) or curve back inward and added a few inches here and there from the original 50" width if that makes sense. As for the supports they're also 3/4" plywood, and this is where it gets tricky. You need a large level and a board to figure out exactly how high each end needs to be, heres a drawing of what they look like from the side. I believe the center support I made turned out to be a little different in dimensions than the side supports. Hope this helps! "Eyeballing it" was how I went...
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Good job!
WEll, I'm off to Costco for a TV box or two or the thin cardboard pallet "slips" between stacked pallets( going to make templates).
I think I'll use some piano hinge instead of those indestructible , bearing supported ,door hinges.
I did something very similar to your platform on my old Saturn Vue. Now to source some 3/8"-1/2" baltic birch ply( or marine).

After the platform is worked out, I need to add Velcro around the rear windows, in some fashion, to support matching window screens( with mating Velcro).

Without ventilation in cold conditions,rolled up windows will only lead to lots of condensation on the bottom of roof and other areas where surfaces drop below the dewpoint. I've tried just cracking all the windows when it's cold, but the headliner was still sopped in the morning. Especially with two heavy breathers inside.

It also keeps the bugs out and humans respiring comfortably :-)

I priced Velcro at a sewing store and WAlly World.
THe latter choice easily came out on top with 15'feet x 2" wide ,"industrial strength" , for 20$.


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I was originally going to use piano hinges. Til I realized I the ones I had bent nonsensically easily. I only weigh ~170 lbs but I wanted this thing to last so I found these other bastards I had laying around. (Bastards in the context of Shin-Chan)

I saw someone with a tiny DampRid™ container they were using for when they slept in their fozzy on here somewhere. Thats not a bad idea.

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bump for a template/measurements
I would think there's slight interior space differences between years.

THe rear cargo mat makes a great template for that part... THere're not many straight lines on the perimeter ,and a drawing would still have to be scaled up, replicated and modified to fit particular space requirements.

IN the end, you're better off just getting some cardboard and get to it.

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bump for a template/measurements
I would think there's slight interior space differences between years.

THe rear cargo mat makes a great template for that part... THere're not many straight lines on the perimeter ,and a drawing would still have to be scaled up, replicated and modified to fit particular space requirements.

IN the end, you're better off just getting some cardboard and get to it.
Right. Need to buy. Jigsaw.. and a Dremel. Tool I always wish I had myself.... I think I might hold out and see how much I can employee purchase a Yakima skyrise for (rooftop tent). Pretty sure I should be able to get cheaper than wholesale pricing. Although I have mocked up some cardboard and rumbled through my tool box to see what I already have to complete my own version of this... We'll see. Awesome work though thanks for posting this.
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Made an addition in time for the year's first camping trip:




Used a butane torch and a homemade stencil to get this, plus some sanding:


Sheath'd:


Removed:


The underside with a trunk handle:


And if it decides to rain I'm still good.


Took longer than I expected to finish but as with all things you get what you give.
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Right. Need to buy. Jigsaw.. and a Dremel..
MIne is complete( built for two) and no jigsaw or dremel was used.
Just a drill( some bits) , vibe/belt sanders, circular saw, handsaw, coping saw, 4.5" grinder.

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