Lexus LX450 Conversion - Part 1

Lexus LX450 Conversion...

Mike Hiscox handed over the keys to his daily driver along with  pile of stuff and a wish list...What follows is a short story of the transformation...

(above) Time to start...

(above) Mike wanted the rear cabin to be a light duty camper...Sort of...


(above) The starting point...There needs to be a bed that allowed a full size man to sleep in the rear without removing the seating behind the driver...There needs to be a cold water sink, water supply and grey water holding...There needs to be a 12VDC refrigerator...There needs to be a battery, inverter, power distribution panel, 12VDC and 115VAC, shore power plug-in and connectivity for a future winch...Storage is always nice, so the goal was to get as much as possible...The final request is to have it be removable in the event it gets converted back to factory issue...Say what...???...

(above) The key to it all is to find a way to get a bed to fit over the rear seat when it's folded over...I need to think about that one...

(above) The first thing to do is get out all that doesn't need to be in there...First out was the carpet and floor hold-downs...Next was the plastic wheel-well covers...

(above)  As stripped out as I need it...

(above) The carpet was used as a pattern for the base cabinet...I'll figure out how to partition it as I go along...

(above) My plan is to build a box that will fit between the wheel wells and house the components, and the remaining space will be storage...I like to use 1/2" Baltic birch plywood... I use a portable table saw with a dado blade to cut the box joints...Simple, easy, strong...

(above)  The box height is determined by the height of the rear seat folded over...The bed somehow needs to be at least that high to go over it...

(above) Once the box is in place, the sides can be designed for optimal use...The sink will be on the driver side and the fridge will be on the curb side, up forward...The battery and inverter will be curb side, down low...The drinking water and grey water tanks are behind the driver side seat...The box drawer is accessible from the rear...

(above) Like that...I fitted the drawers with uber heavy duty drawer guides...Rated at 300 to 500#...Why not...???...

More later...