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Old 12-30-2021, 01:27 AM   #1
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Default Has anyone converted the King rear cab for storage?

Just trying to get ideas, I have tons of gear and stuff in the back and it would be nice to have it organized somehow. I never use the suicide seats in the back so I don't mind ripping those apart.


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I left the seats and just got some bigger milk crates. There's a ton of room back there... even the area where the jump-seats receeded into. Sorry, no PIC... but I'm sure you can do something.

Don't forget to consider the extra weight you'll be adding... if you build anything from wood or metal.

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Just trying to get ideas, I have tons of gear and stuff in the back and it would be nice to have it organized somehow. I never use the suicide seats in the back so I don't mind ripping those apart.


Anybody ever mess with it? Would love to see some builds.
I just used a couple of boxes, or you can use milk crates. Small plastic totes with lids work the best. Emergency tools, the jack, tire pump and tire plugging kit, stuff like that.

I wouldn't rip out the jump seats. You won't gain that much room doing that anyway. Drops the value on the truck if you do that. Remember...it's been 25 years next month since the last hardbody rolled off the line in the USA.
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Old 12-30-2021, 08:40 AM   #4
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I would suggest to keep the jump seats. You could unfold them and put a plank across them to make a shelf system. My ‘89 D21 didn’t come with jump seats and the cavernous space that goes all the way down below the floorboard is something to think about. Hidden storage maybe? I used to sleep in my King Cab when I was on break from work while working the Graveyard Shift. Couldn’t stretch out. But I made it work for a power nap to get me through the night. Costco has foldable plastic crates for a little bit of money for each one. Not too tall and not too wide. You could easily store essentials in these foldable crates. Stackable and lightweight too. Just some ideas to get you started.
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I did like PorknBeans said, with the shelf in between the jump seats. I still have it, even though my jump seats are gone, now. It is a padded piece of plywood (vinyl over foam) that is cut to fit snugly between the outer ends of the jump seat bases. There is a lip on each that it rests on.
The board ends up being about 12" by 18" roughly.

When my boys were younger and smaller, the little one could lay out flat on that setup when we went camping. It was storage the rest of the time, but I could still grab the board out and use both seats.
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Old 12-30-2021, 02:30 PM   #6
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I removed the jump seats from mine so I could gain a few more inches of storage space on each side. Rifle/Shotgun hard cases in particular wouldn't fit real well before. Not having that big lump from the plastic trim around the bottom of the seats means they fit nicely now. Also put some deadening foam down in the rocker panel and riveted in a little blocking plate to keep stuff from sliding forward into the rocker panel where I couldn't get to it so I can store tools in the rocker panels themselves. Makes a nice little compartment.
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The only REAL reason I kept my jump seats on the 97 was because the rest of the truck was in such nice shape, that if I sold it...I wanted to be able to sell people on the fully stock idea with only minor mods.

But....if you plan to keep and use the truck until the wheels fall off, and even then go get another set of wheels...then ditching the jump seats for space isn't a bad idea.

One time, on some late-70s Datsun truck I owned, (way back when) I took off my rear bumper and tailgate just to save weight and raise up the truck a bit in the back. I just put a cargo net there and said the hell with it. Truck went a bit faster after that.
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