This not the typical build up that you might find here. Here is a write up and picture none the less. When I drove my truck on wheelin trips I seemed to have a lack of dry storage space. Typical standard cab mini truck. I decided to build my own enclosed Hitch haul. I know I could buy a pre made one but I want to incoperate some of my own Ideas.
I decided to Build my hitch haul out of my favorite metal. Aluminum. It is light, easy to work with (hell a dull drill bit will drill through it), and my favorite part is it will not rust. Had to round the edges to fit in the reciever. oh yea a permenant marker works very well for marking cuts.
This is what it looks like so far. the verticle angles are for the tail lights that I have to install since the hitch haul will block my tail lights. I opted to raise them up so when it is removed and set on the ground there will be less likely chance of them getting broken off. now the other two pictures is how I am putting a finish on the aluminum. You can finish aluminum numerous ways like a brushed finish, swirl pattern, paint it, or you can polish it to a shine. I choose to do a modifed brushed finish using a random orbit sander.
This is where I wanted to place the table mount. I had to put additional bracing to keep it steady. The last picture I pulled out the mig gun to show the diffrence between Mig and Tig. Tig is very clean. While on the other hand Mig with makes a sooty mess. If you tweek the gas flow the soot may be reduced. Just rember to use pure argon when welding aluminum(I prefer 75%helium 25%argon but that is a bit expensive).
Well there you have it. I made a lock rod out of 1/2" round stock to retain the table in the mount. For it size and amount of material used not much effort is needed to remove or install. now only time will tell how well it will work. So until then.....
Great work Jim. I saw it at the shop yesterday when i was playing with the TJ. Now my only question is do you think that box will start to sag in the summer with out support on the hindged side. The middle will be fine but, i think the 2 hidge side corners may not like the heat and a load. Just wanted to give you something to think about.
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Tony i had alread thought of those issues. Not to sound like a smart a$$ (eventhough I know I am most days) thats why I titled it an experiment. I don't know how well any of it will work or if at all. My plan was to keep all the stuff that normally be piled on the passenger seat. I was not planning to put tool boxes in there since tools stay with the truck. Also the box may not be big enough depending how it works I may have to build a bigger one. Any ways now there is nothing to do but try it out. With that said it is time to go wheelin!!!!!!!