Old vans from the early 60's, such as my 1965 Ford Econoline
, are designed to be compact and are considered the first minivans. There's a good amount of room inside but no place to lock up valuables out of sight unless you install a locked box somewhere. If you don't mind doing some cutting into the floor
, and permanently modifying your van, then there are two locations where you can utilize unused space underneath the van.
I call it a smugglers box because it's more fun than a battery box
or extra underfloor storage
and reminds me of smuggling Droids and Jedi Knights in a film made 11 years after my van was built. Lets get started...
To do this you will need a lot of gear including welding, cutting and grinding tools. Because I live in an apartment and don't own any of these tools I made it at Tech Shop.
Check to see if you have a Tech Shop near where you live.
For my box I used approximately:
8 feet of 1/8 x 1 inch angle iron
8 feet of 1/8 x 2 inch mild steel bar
15 feet x 1 ft 16 gauge mild steel sheet metal
2 cans of Rust Oleum primer and paint.