Fitting my 'R. Nick Taylor' Designed Aluminium Tool Rack.
The New Tray about to be fitted into the Car
A Few Weeks ago I displayed the R100 at a A Classic Car Show when it was showered with seed
pods so yesterday I decided to Vacuum Clean the cabin.
Following up on Member Nick Taylor's super development of an Aluminium Tool Tray, I took the
opportunity to take another look at my Plastic version by removing it for only the second time in
The first surprise I remember having , on removing the carpet, was finding the two crude 3 ply catches
which hold the Tool Tray Lid in place.
Broken 3 Ply Latch.
On looking this time, I found that one catch had split in two. I realised that I may have caused this by
inserting a thick layer of Foam Rubber under the lid during my first viewing designed to stop any
movement and rattling of the Jack.
While I have now replaced the tray once again using this broken catch I need to obtain some suitable
strong material to fashion two new ones.
During the first examination, following my Around The Coast trip, I found that the pointed feet on the Jack
had made some small holes which I covered with a single layer of Duct Tape.
I was in for a bigger shock this time.
With the flexing of the Plastic, despite my padding, The Jack had now punched two holes again with the
larger one having lost the missing areas to the road. The angled rubbed area, near to the hole, suggests
that the Tray may also be rubbing on the Hand Brake Cable.
My Tool Tray, Inverted to show the Underside.
Not being an engineer, my design is a little 'Heath Robinson' and my Very Rough Sketches
were subject to many alterations and I discovered how the board reacted to being folded.
My Plan was to make a series of Box like Trays which each fitted a section of the Tool Tray so that
any items stored there would be contained within its Tray.
Not wanting to commit too much time and material before being happy with the idea, I decided to
make the Smallest Tray first.
Here are the First Two trays in place. The Staples used to fix the corners proved to be a nightmare
to insert requiring quite a few 2nd and 3rd goes before getting a 'perfect' staple.
a slight compromise on the depth of the end sections to get it to fit.
This Close Up shows the deep 'Stanly Knife scoring needed to both provide a guide for cutting and to
aid the folding process.
The Last Tray type to make and fit is the Large Side Tray of which there are also two. Here is the cut
piece of one of them ready to fold and staple.
The Last Part of my assembly process is to use this High Adhesive Duct Tape to fix the Trays together
and in place. Another 'heat Robinson' method which may not hold up over time.
Before this stage I have taken the Tray back to the Car and drilled Five Fixing Screw Holes. The Three
Front Holes line up with the Screw Hole locations of the Original Tray. This Frame is only 1/2in wide
offering little room for maneuver.
The Back Two Holes are New Holes in the Upright part of the Back Support Frame which is only 3/4in
This stage is to apply stips of adhesive sponge which in my case was left over from fitting a Sink Unit
but Adhesive Draft Excluding Strip would provide the same 'Leveling' function..
My Hood Supporting Rig allows me to work with maximum space.
Here is the Tool Tray fixed in place. Before fixing it I took the opportunity to Spray my Leaf Springs with
Castrol Aerosol Motorcycle Grease.
already had a Centre Hole. I did not have any Penny Washers or Shaped Brackets.
The Side Supports on the New Tray were too narrow to reach the existing Screw Holes and the overlap
with the Wood Frame is less than 1/2in each side so too risky to drill new holes. .
Wheel Nut Spanner
There is still plenty of extra usable space for additional items.
The white pad fixed in the centre is an A4 Square of Plastic Foam which will provide a buffer with the
lid to stop it rattling.
In an effort to tidy up the interior of the tool tray and prevent unnecessary rattles I made some Special Tool Bags for the Large stuff
I made my Draw String Bags from some Waterproof Nylon Fabric lined with a Tea Towel Fabric.
This one is for the Jack.
Here are my Full Set for the Jack, The Jack Handle The Mallet and The Wheel Spanner
I hope this proves useful