Last year about two days after I arrived in Columbia, Mo, the metal legs on my back seat platform fell off. The spot welds that existed on the table I converted for this project weren’t strong, and I hadn’t secured them when I first built this.
I didn’t have access to a welder at the time, so I got some 2×4 cut and screwed those new, bulkier legs into the top and have had that in the back seat area this past year.
When I went to visit a friend in Springfield, IL last week, I brought the original metal legs with me. I took the wood legs off in my friend’s driveway
It’s messy in there!
We took the platform and the metal legs to my friend’s shop and they not only welded the legs back on, but also cut off the odd brackets and used them to gusset the legs so the platform won’t wiggle – which freaks out Argos doggie! – and also they painted it all!
Shout out to Phoenix Collision and Automotive Refinishing in Springfield, IL. (they also fixed a big ole dent in my truck front left fender a few months ago!) I didn’t need anything pretty, just functional, and they went above and beyond. It wasn’t supposed to be all shiny and fancy, and it’s super nice of them to have helped so readily with this odd project.
After vacuuming as much dog hair as the shop vac would get, I loaded the platform back into the truck and reorganized the stuff.
I’m constantly moving stuff around to find the best fits, and right now, I have dog food containers there were my hiking boots are in the pic. The platform is so solid! I’m super happy I got this done before I really set off on my adventuring!