Vehicle Cargo Area

Up until October of this year, I was driving a 1987 S10 4x4 pickup with 296,000 miles. You read that right - two hundred and ninety six thousand miles. Great, durable pickup, but not super practical for a small family. It's great having a pickup. You can toss equipment in the back, branches, fishing poles, whatever fits is fair game. But now I am driving a Honda Passport SUV and even though it's still a tough "user" vehicle, I've been giving some thought to building a cargo area organizer for it.


The folks over on the NAXJA forum have a great photo thread of their XJ Jeep cargo systems, and it's really got me thinking. I'd want mine to be removable so I could unfold the seat back into position and use it to drive my family around, but sturdy enough to stay in place when assembled. Most of my gear is stored in two medium sized rubbermaid tubs as it is, so as long as it secures those and has a built in gun rack, that would meet most of my needs, I think. Since nothing I attempt typically turns out on the first try, crafting a rudimentary organizer out of 2x4 is probably the route I'll go.

Something along the lines of this maybe


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  1. I am looking forward to seeing the built in gun rack.

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    1. That's the part I'm thinking through. I'd like to have the rear sets conceal the guns when upright. It shouldn't be too hard, but I may try to enlist my dad for some expertise when he is here for a visit next week. He's a 'measure twice, cut once' kind of man.

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  2. Good stuff. I drifted away from posting on the forums about mine but I'm getting back into the swing of it. My boys are old enough to start their builds and one of them has already started on my old XJ.

    If you wind up with an after market safari rack you can add some addition storage options. My son used 120mm USMC mortar canisters on his safari rack. Image seen here:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qH43zQoyQsA/UGs8H6NLD1I/AAAAAAAAIpQ/vKFUI3hZiKw/s1600/Jeep.jpg

    Though you can't see the offside very well they are attached to both sides. steel stock drilled, 4 pieces each side, then 8 grade 8 carriage bolts. Make a sandwich of the steel stock on the safari rack, plus the piece inside the canisters, sort of clamping the whole deal to the safari rack.

    Very sturdy. Things like recovery gear, straps, jumper cables, etc etc can be stored in these, keeping the cargo area for other stuff.

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    1. I had a '90 XJ that I loved. I was fixing stuff on it constantly, and in the end that is why I got rid of it. But man, it was a blast to drive, great offroad, and comfortable too. If I could have swapped out the engine and components with say, a V6 4Runner's, that XJ would have been the perfect SUV. Yours looks like it is in great condition. Is it a late 90's? Hadn't realy considered a basket/safar rack... Might have to think about that. How easy are they to take on and off if you wanted to?

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