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Re: Cooler in the truck bed
Kevin13Shaw #1367039 Mon Jun 29 2020 08:58 PM
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I'd make or have made a matching wooden frame the same width of the bed with rubber on the bottom and sides that the cooler would just fit inside of. Better yet, have the sides of the frame adjustable so they would push against the sides of the box. No drilling required.

John


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Re: Cooler in the truck bed
Kevin13Shaw #1367052 Mon Jun 29 2020 10:59 PM
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Here's what I have in my '56 3100, they're black D rings so they match the floor. I have 3 down each side and 2 across the front for a total of 8. Keeps all my stuff where it belongs with the 1" ratchet straps...

For security you could add a bicycle chain lock that's covered in plastic through the D ring and around the cooler handle...would be enough to keep the honest person honest.

Mike B smile

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Re: Cooler in the truck bed
Kevin13Shaw #1367054 Mon Jun 29 2020 11:07 PM
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Mine is a cut-down 1939 Westinghouse Jr. Ice, it has non-slip feet and a single bolt going through the bed to prevent theft and facilitate removal if needed. The bolt has a large rubber grommet on the inside so it does not leak water from melting ice (these coolers have an internal drain in the corner).
https://www.flickr.com/photos/advance-design_parts_co/48374593956/in/album-72157631866985745/

Re: Cooler in the truck bed
Kevin13Shaw #1367058 Mon Jun 29 2020 11:31 PM
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For years I had a Pearl Beer metalclad cooler I'd set in the back. Like the one below. Had sandwich tray and everything. Never considered bolting it down, though. That's probably why somebody ran off with it. Today I have a Yeti cooler knock-off made by Lifetime Products. It will keep ice for several days and weighs slightly more than a cylinder head.

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Re: Cooler in the truck bed
Kevin13Shaw #1367065 Tue Jun 30 2020 12:24 AM
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I plan on putting stainless E-track down both sides of the floor of the bed. It should be polished for aerodynamic purposes.


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Re: Cooler in the truck bed
Mike B #1367079 Tue Jun 30 2020 01:59 AM
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That is a sweet looking engineering job with the hold-downs. I might have to "steal" your design.

Rob

Originally Posted by Mike B
Here's what I have in my '56 3100, they're black D rings so they match the floor. I have 3 down each side and 2 across the front for a total of 8. Keeps all my stuff where it belongs with the 1" ratchet straps...

For security you could add a bicycle chain lock that's covered in plastic through the D ring and around the cooler handle...would be enough to keep the honest person honest.

Mike B smile


1951 Chevrolet 3100
Re: Cooler in the truck bed
Kevin13Shaw #1367114 Tue Jun 30 2020 06:45 AM
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My stovebolter cooler from Kansas City reunion

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Re: Cooler in the truck bed
DES57 #1367115 Tue Jun 30 2020 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by DES57
My ‘57 3200 is a daily driver with sheet steel and a rubber pad in bed. You guys with show trucks and keeping it original won’t like this, but it works for me. When I start tearing box off to sand down and repaint the entire truck, I might move these tie downs a little further from the corners. It limits what I tie down straight across the bed. I’ve done corner to corner diagonally ok, but it pulls the straps funny.

That's a great idea!

Re: Cooler in the truck bed
TPR57C #1367122 Tue Jun 30 2020 01:09 PM
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I love that cooler.

Rob

Originally Posted by TPR57C
My stovebolter cooler from Kansas City reunion


1951 Chevrolet 3100
Re: Cooler in the truck bed
Kevin13Shaw #1367218 Tue Jun 30 2020 09:56 PM
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Rob where is Peyton and the (esky ) Australian slang for cooler is one of my prized possessions won it in a charity auction at reunion and was pinstriped at the reunion by a vendor gets lots of compliments


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