MX5: Lights & Gear Storage

Posted on Posted in MX5: 1996 Land Rover Discovery

Backing up a bit here. The original bumper plastics were faded, scraped and overall in bad condition. I decided to remove the lower portions. The side sections were part of the bumper ‘style’ so I had to keep the upper parts.

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I cut them right along the crease with a handy saw.

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Both sides were cut then I sanded the edges and reinstalled.

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After the bumper trim I added some old Hella 500 driving lights that use to be on the MX1’s roof rack.

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They don’t look too out of place. Though I do need to replace the stock light fixture on the passenger side. It was damaged when I bought the Disco, not to mention the bumper is damaged on that side as well.

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To keep along the simple route I decided to go with an interior sleeping platform. I played around with the idea of carrying a fridge, but after stretching across some boxes in the rear to the back seat I see its just too much gear. Having the fridge and extra storage space would mean I would have less head room and make it too easy to load the vehicle down.

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Reusing some more old gear from the Ranger, I scavenge the old rear storage box I built. This use to be behind the seats in the Ranger. Its made from MDF (medium density fiberboard) and some fancy hinges I had from some other projects.

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When closed each door leaves no gap because of the hinge action. This just happen to work out great as a part of a sleeping platform and storage box.

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Going a step further with the box I paint it with a sealing black paint then cover the top and front with carpeting. For looks and to add a bit of fluff. The box only weighs 63 lbs.

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The basic gear was tossed in the box. And around the box I placed; one 5 gal NATO fuel can, one 5 gal scepter water can, Maxtrax and my Pico chair.

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One cubby I put food and cooking gear.

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The middle cubby got the tools and recovery gear.

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And the skinny section has fluids, window cleaner, air compressor and air chuck.

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None of this was secured to the floor. It all fits snugly, and so far I haven’t had any problems with shifting.