Weatherguard Toolbox Build

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    I picked up a first generation Weatherguard 116-5 for $40 off craigslist and decided to up my toolbox game.

    Since these typically retail for $800 and up, I felt like I was getting a good deal. After getting it home, I'm glad I didn't pay more. The top corners were totally rusted out, a lot of the powdercoat was peeling, and it was well used. I think it was owned by a sheetrocker judging by the tools and rust I found.

    Thankfully I have a cheap welder and got some patch panels cutout out 14g steel. I also painted the entire thing in rustoleum rusty metal primer after grinding it down, then painted the inside white, outside black, and the the top lid and front in herculiner.
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    Inside and bottom paint[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    This is a 10g support panel that will hold the 2000lb Harbor Freight Winch.

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    Inside and floor. I find a white interior makes it a lot easier to find things versus a black one. The entire box is 18g steel, including the floor. Since I wrecked the floor of my last one, I decided to make a quick wooden floor to help support the weight until I can replace it with 10g.

    I do a lot of long drives in the summer and like carrying extra fuel. The new floor made it too tall to shut the lid, so i notched the floor and installed a bungee tie-down to hold the gas cans upright.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    You can barely see the red led lights, but they will be plugged into the 4-pin trailer harness for running lights and turn signals.

    The D-rings were added since the factory tie-downs are covered by the box, I found myself wanting them more than a few times with the previous box.
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    Probably one of my favorite mods to a tool box. Some cheap led strip lights plugged to a ground switch. Open the lid, and see what you're looking for![​IMG]
     
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    Bike Mounts, for obvious reasons.

    Led lights (wires are now ran into the lid through sealed rubber grommets) that are going to be tied into my aux reverse light switch.[​IMG]

    Placing the Blue Sea fusebox next to the batter. Also installed a Sunpro Voltmeter with an on/off switch to check voltages
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    Amber clearance lights on the sides. Also be tied into the running lights and turn signals.
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    Took the box for it's first test run. 700 mile roundtrip to get my sisters from college yesterday. Went through some snow and rain without any issue.
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    Great mod job !
    Now I need to pull my inside the bed Pendergrass, AL
    aluminum box and mod it.

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