Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!
|Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.
We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!
Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!
need opinions on "utilitarianizing" ea82 wagon
Posted 16 February 2004 - 01:15 AM
The carpet will be the first thing to go. I know it will get full of mud, oil, etc. in short order. I've thought that maybe I could just Herculiner everything back there too, well at least everywhere that there is currently carpet. The other idea I've come up with is to put marine plywood down in place of the carpet.
I like the herculer that I've done so far, but it's kinda expensive. I'm pretty good at basic woodworking, and the plywood option wouldn't cost nearly as much. The only issue there is that stuff might slide around a lot, but I could cut some cross-hatch grooves into the wood to prevent that. If I went with the wood option, I could also build-in some storage areas for the gear that I always carry with me, which would drastically reduce the clutter that's there now.
What are your thoughts on this? Any other ideas? I just want to get rid of carpet forever in this car so I don't have to worry about stains, dampness, or nasty smells when offroading or hauling stuff. I also don't want to spend a fortune on this project either.
Posted 16 February 2004 - 01:46 AM
Posted 16 February 2004 - 01:52 AM
Posted 16 February 2004 - 09:43 AM
I love the "utilitarian" treatment on cars - especially Sube wagons. That's essentailly what I'm talking about when I refer to "Alleywagons".
On the rear cargo area, let me suggest something my brother did on his. He took a thick rubber pickup truck mat and cut out a piece large enough to cover the entire cargo area with the rear seats folded down. Looks and works great and EXTREMELY durable.
You could probably make matching floor mat sections out of the scraps.
good luck, John
Posted 16 February 2004 - 10:51 AM
Then taking that stuff that's normally used for lining shelves, cupboards, dashes, etc... epoxying the **** out of it to the plywood so it won't rip as easily, if I drag something across it. Might build up a few layers of it, depending on how it looks/acts.
I've got everything organized in a big plastic tote right now, and it slides all over the place... hoping that liner stuff would keep it from sliding. Don't imagine it'd be too easy to clean, though I suppose you could pull it out, spray the **** out of it, and let it sun dry. Be kinda awkward in the colder months, though.
Posted 16 February 2004 - 03:12 PM
Posted 16 February 2004 - 03:27 PM
custom interior tie downs
I use a piece of old "mine belt" in the back of my wagon.
Tuff stuff to cut I used a saber - jig saw after making a cardboard template.
I remove the lower seat cushion so I can have a flat rear cargo area and still lean my seat back.
Hope this gives you some ideas
Posted 16 February 2004 - 05:14 PM
Posted 16 February 2004 - 06:40 PM
Posted 16 February 2004 - 06:47 PM
I'm diggin the rubber mat Idea..I don't want to make mine a complete utility vehicle, but it does get used for some nasty stuff sometimes.. Don't know why I didn't think of the truck mat idea.. I have had one of those in the back of my truck for years..
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users