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O/T Rear Deck Lid, anyone done this? Long!

I've had this idea for a while now and have searched for info and can't find anyone that has done it before, but I'm sure someone has. I have come up with a short parts list and (in my head) diagram of how to build it but I need some input. I want to put a deck lid on the back of my YJ so I can get rid of my soft top and have storage.

My idea: Put a piece of plywood (waterproofed) and bolt down with shoulder eyebolts through factory holes for hardtop. Purchase a couple flush mount boat hatches (locking) or build doors for access to run from front to back on either side. Enclose just behind the rollbar behind the front seats with a vertical (maybe slanted) piece.

That's a short order description. I never have passengers and am tired of the soft top. Tonneaus I don't think will be secure enough. Anyone done this or seen this before?

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Re: O/T Rear Deck Lid, anyone done this? Long!

1. I like the idea,
2. But I don't like plywood...
3. I do like metal,
4. This is a perfect place to use Diamond Plate Aluminum.
5. With a lip comming up in front of the seats...
6. To seal a homemade Windjammer to...
7. It's on my project list.
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Re: O/T Rear Deck Lid, anyone done this? Long!

I'm with Leve on this. Go with Diamond Plate. Maybe put a lip or tie down points all the way around, then you have lockable storage and you can secure things to the top for the long trip.

Mock everything up out of cardboard first, then go to town.

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Re: O/T Rear Deck Lid, anyone done this? Long!

Here are some pics to get some ideas from. It a Sammy, but it should help.



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Re: O/T Rear Deck Lid, anyone done this? Long!

I have done something similar to what you want except mine is flush with the top of the wheel wells.
I used about 1/8" steel plate, "L" brackets, long angle iron across the bottom side for stiffness, carriage bolts, and sheet metal screws.
The back door is my access point. There is a vertical plate near the front of the wheel wells.
It is strong enough to stand on, all tools are kept secure underneath, and things like highlift and airtank are bolted on top.
It is not waterproof but could have been if I wanted to go that route.
The tonnea cover fits over everything to keep the water and dust out. See the photo on the left.
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Re: O/T Rear Deck Lid, anyone done this? Long!

Wow, thanks for the responses.

I like the diamond plate idea. Don't know how I would cut it though.

On the sami, is that welded down, bolted, or what? How much weight did that add? Or do you know the owner?

And Bryan, how much does yours weigh in at?

Again thanks, anyone else?

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Don't know how I would cut it though.

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Re: O/T Rear Deck Lid, anyone done this? Long!

Here's the plywood "first version" I'm running on my Scrambler. This summer I'm going to put in a second bulkhead with a midgate, and build the cover out of sheet metal with a tube frame for support.
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And Bryan, how much does yours weigh in at?

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I am going to take a wild guess and say 30 pounds.
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Re: O/T Rear Deck Lid, anyone done this? Long!

How has the plywood held up and for how long? What did you do to waterproof it? Is that soft top material it is covered in? Looks alot like what I had in mind. Looks good to me.
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