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Old 11-04-2008, 11:11 AM   #11
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Man you come up with the weirdest shit for your car.

But it's very interesting.
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Old 11-04-2008, 12:50 PM   #12
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LOL - me or bluefront? But yeah, I can be dangerous when I'm bored. At least I haven't tried to incorporate any of my pyrotechnics into my car (yet).
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Old 11-04-2008, 02:09 PM   #13
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I wouldn't sacrifice the spare for a lock box.....I know exactly what would happen the next day.

There are plenty of places in the Focus you could install a hidden compartment....like to hide a gun for instance. That's a project in the planning stages. I have a .25 Baretta that can be hidden easily enough, and that's the one I usually carry around. But the idea would be to have the compartment easily accessible from the driver seat.

I think the place to use would be inside the passenger seat-back. Not to give away secrets.....but. Remove the pass seat-back cover, have an upholstery place install a hidden opening in a back seam, closeable with a velcro flap. At that point you could cut out an opening in the foam.....plenty big to hide a Baretta, and instantly accessible to the driver.
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Hmmm.... make a great hiding spot. My Kimber .45 is a little bigger but I don't need to worry about getting to it when I'm driving, it's always in it's holster (I'm licensed to carry concealed). I just need some place to hide/secure it in the car when I find myself some place that I can't legally take it in with me.
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If you have a rear stress bar, you could secure the lock box to that too lol
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As far as that lock box in the photos is concerned......the sides are double-layered steel. You could drill two holes in the side and install a steel loop held by lock nuts that only would come loose from the inside. Then you could use a heavy chain and padlock to secure the thing.....rather than the light steel cable it comes with. It would still be easily removable for carrying around.

Speculation.....car thieves are usually after things that are quickly removable. I doubt many of them carry bolt cutters. I'd bet your audio stuff would be gone, and that lock-box and it's contents still there after a break-in.

Another place for a hidden gun compartment.....inside the driver door panel. There's a big piece of crash foam in there. Remove it and you'd have plenty of room for a large gun. This mod would require a hole cut in the panel, and a custom cover that looked like part of the panel. Could be done.....but I'd worry about moisture there for any long-term storage.
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Yeah, I saw the location in the manual and will look at it myself. I'm not worried about "long term" storage.
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good idear,

in my ZX3's trunk area i have the top part of my tool box. im at a tech college and we fix our own cars and freinds here. also makes my car a low rider :-P 200LB+- tools.

like the idear of being able to bolt down a lock box for the... safty issues of personal protection.. any one know where it can be done? under the seat or something??
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Heh.....you'd be quite surprised what you can find that just plugs into a 12V outlet. I'll bet you could find a hamburger grill even...
A Foreman grille will go nicely in there!
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Well....on my ZX5, the lower rear seat section hinges upward. There's plenty of space along the edges to hide a small gun. Would be difficult to get to in a pinch, however.

Here's another idea for a small gun....totally stealth mod. The driver door pocket on my car has a cup holder at the rear edge. Without a cup in there, I could slip my Beretta .25 between the cup holder edge and the outside edge of the pocket. To stealth the setup..get a plastic soda bottle, and cut the middle section out on one side.....but leave the bottom of the bottle un-cut. That way when you pull up the fake bottle, it would pull the gun out also. It would take a few mods to make the bottle strong enough....but doable I think.
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