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DIY: Ammo Can Storage

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by csuviper, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. Apr 28, 2015 at 1:58 PM
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    I got this idea from several posts on Tacoma World. The credit lies with those members. I purchased the ammo cans a while back to be installed on my Tacoma but procrastination led to installing them on my Tundra after upgrading.


    THE RAIL

    OEM Tundra bed rails or unistrut.
    I purchased some OEM side rails from craigslist and used some unistrut from Home Depot for the front.

    ~20’ of Unistrut: Link to website

    Install the bed rails or unistrut with (12) M6x1, and (12) 1/4" fender washers.

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    Unistrut
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    THE CAN

    (1) Ammo Can, any size (or multiple if desired)
    (1) Primer Spray Paint Can
    (1) Spray Paint Can, of desired color and texture

    The Ammo Can can be found at most army surplus stores if not all of them. You can also check craigslist and online army surplus sites. There are also fake plastic ones that will work the same.

    1. Clean up the can and pull off the lid off and gasket out. You can rough up the exiting paint or strip it if desired. I did not mess with the existing paint except to clean off the rust that was showing.
    2. Prime and paint the ammo can. I used automotive primer and Rust-oleum flat black. You might want to wait to paint until you are completed with all of the drilling to avoid touching up the paint later.

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    THE LOCK

    (1) 1/4'' Eye Bolt, 3/4" long
    (1) 1/4'' Lock Nut (or nut and lock washer)
    (1) 1/4" Washer (or fender washer)
    (1) Padlock

    1. Drill a ¼” hole in the center of the front of the ammo can.
    2. Use a file or grinder to oblong the hole in the lid clamp to allow clearance for the eye bolt.
    3. Insert eye bolt through the hole and attach with washers and nuts.

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    THE MOUNT

    OEM Tundra bed rails
    (3) 1/2'' Carriage Bolts, 1" long
    (3) 1/2'' Lock Nuts (or nuts and lock washers)
    (12) 1/2'' Fender Washers

    Unistrut bed rails
    (3) 3/8” Unistrut channel nuts: Link to website
    (3) 3/8” Hex Head Bolts, 1" long
    (3) 3/8” Lock Washers
    (12) 3/8” Fender Washers

    1. Place the ammo can next to the rail in the desired location and mark where the center of the rail is on the side of the can. Draw a line on the side and back of the ammo can at this same level.
    2. Drill 2 holes on the side and one on the back for the mounting hardware.
    3. Slide the carriage bolts or channel nuts through rail system to approximate location of the holes.
    4. Add 2-3 fender washers between the ammo can and the rail to desired spacing.
    5. Attach the carriage bolts to a fender washer or channel nuts to the bolts inside the ammo can.

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  2. Apr 28, 2015 at 3:26 PM
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    I have some large Korean war era ammo cans in pristene condition that my dad brought back. USMC chopper pilot. Now I have a good use for them. Storing gun powder in them now.
     
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  3. Apr 29, 2015 at 12:55 PM
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  4. May 2, 2015 at 6:53 AM
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    Now it's decision time, ammo box with ammo or ammo box with truck stuff in it. I need more ammo cans!
     
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  5. May 2, 2015 at 7:42 AM
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    I have both. :)
     
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  6. May 10, 2015 at 4:26 PM
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    Picked up the parts today...there were quite a few 1/4 eye bolts to choose from in regards to actual length. I had to guess which ones would work:duel:
     
  7. May 10, 2015 at 6:54 PM
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    The eye bolt I have is ~1.25 - 1.5" and it's a little long. I will need to cut it.
     
  8. May 10, 2015 at 6:57 PM
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    Bolts at 1" and eye bolt at 3/4" long should be perfect. Updated OP.
    You can always go a little long and chop them like I will.
     
  9. May 17, 2015 at 6:15 PM
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    Gah.
    Used around 3 layers of black paint inside and out.

    Got it all setup...except when I tried to close the lid, the rails got in the way. I tried adding 1-2 washers each side, but no luck :(
     
  10. May 17, 2015 at 7:38 PM
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    I added 3 fender washers per side I believe. Fits perfect with minimal rubbing. Maybe something is slightly different with 3rd gen??
     
  11. May 17, 2015 at 7:40 PM
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    I added 2 behind it, and one inside. I'll try adding a 3rd behind to it and see if that helps.
     
  12. May 25, 2015 at 3:45 PM
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    Tried again...anywhere from 1-3 washers a side- no bueno. The lid contacts the washer when trying to close. My next guess is OEM requires longer carriage bolts...
     
  13. May 25, 2015 at 9:39 PM
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    Has to be a difference between 2nd and 3rd gen rails or bedsides???
     
  14. May 26, 2015 at 5:28 AM
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    I'ts possible, but I think it's because it's OEM.
     
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    I have the OEM side rails. Just not the front
     
  16. May 26, 2015 at 8:04 AM
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    Swing by sometime with the headlights and I will get your ammo can installed.
     
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    word. We have to do my anytime fog light mod too..Maybe I can swing by Saturday?
     
  19. Feb 21, 2016 at 9:28 PM
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    Updated OP with correct bolt size to attach the bed rails. M6 x 1
     
  20. Mar 24, 2016 at 6:05 PM
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    anyone know how water tight these are? just curious how much i'll have to worry about rust
     
  21. Mar 24, 2016 at 6:15 PM
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    They are completely water tight. They are made to protect ammo
     
  22. Mar 24, 2016 at 6:20 PM
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    yeah, but not in the elements. I'm a Marine and corrosion is a concern once you break the seal of a crate.
     
  23. Mar 25, 2016 at 11:30 AM
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    Unless the rubber seal is compromised I'd trust them in the elements.
     
  24. Jul 29, 2016 at 9:39 PM
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    I'd maybe dab some RTV silicone around where you're putting the bolts through the boxes just to make sure they're sealed up well.
     
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