Rear seat platform - pictures

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  1. Vman455

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    One of my projects this week was to replace the rear seat with a platform. I did this for three reasons:
    1. Increased storage space: the seat takes up a lot of volume that is wasted since I never have occupants back there. With it gone, I now have a storage space 40" x 12" x 18".
    2. Improved usefulness for camping: the seats don't fold down flat, and since they're foam they "give" when I get in and out of the car, roll over at night, etc. The platform is rigid and sturdy and close to level (it angles up ~1* in line with the trunk floor). Bonus: this gives me a couple inches more headroom too.
    3. Reduced weight: the seat, seat belts, and braces weigh just over 60 lbs. I made the platform from approximately 33 feet of 1" x 2" poplar (strong and light; in a former life as an organ builder this was the wood of choice for frames) and 12 square feet of 1/4" Baltic birch ply, for a total weight somewhere around 25 lbs.

    Next step is to carpet it with some lightweight trunk carpet or similar. It will take my whole weight, and is easy to disassemble since everything is fastened with wood screws. I left the sides open for cargo access rather than bother with a door; the car doors function as the access doors.

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    (There's a frame with lengthwise slats that goes over this)

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    you sir, are immensely talented. (y)
     
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    Thank you! I try, and sometimes things work. I´m pleased with how this turned out.
     
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    Excellent!
    How do you plan on accessing the storage space? Especially with stuff on top when camping?

    I camp alone so I don't need the front passenger's seat. If you take the headrest off, it can be reclined to the point where it is level with the rear platform. I set a drawer unit in the passenger's seat (which opens out the door) and used that as a base.

    I extended the plywood from the rear to on top of the drawer unit, so the flat plywood is from the glove box (leaving enough room to open) to the rear hatch. Plenty of room to stretch out when sleeping!
     
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    The sides are open, so I can put stuff in and take it out through there by opening either rear door. I'm not planning on putting too much in there, just sleeping bag, pillow, maybe a backpack.

    I carpeted it today with gray felt. Two layers on top for a little extra padding:

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    I took the platform for its first camping spin this week:

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