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I've been looking for something like this for a while....a lock-box that I can secure in the trunk, and take along with me to a motel or someplace. This one does it...from Best Buy, a Honeywell Digital #3040D, $60.

This one holds my Thinkpad, my .357 in it's case, a camera, radar detector, and still has some room left. I had to construct the custom interior (foam panels, Velcro, felt, and duct tape). This interior pulls out if you need more room. It came with one sheet of egg-crate foam (I used that on the top panel).

It also comes with a cable you can use to secure it......It will loop around one of the metal loops on the back of my seats (ZX5). Or you could permanently secure it to the back of a seat with a bunch of sheet metal screws. This is going to work good.....You open it with a few buttons, or a key. Has AA batteries for the Digital programmable lock. I like it.







 

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Nice, I've been looking for either a locking glove box or center console but there doesn't seem to be anyone that's made one. This seems like a good alternative if I didn't have my subs haha
 

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carl, your trunk is WIRED! you have it hooked up with everything possible. I think the next thing you put in is a grill so you can make burgers on the go.
 

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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. But I made a pledge when I got this Focus. NO EATING IN THE CAR......not even food. [:p]

Seriously, not having to deal with stupid amps and monster speakers, my trunk is big enough for useful stuff. This lock-box will only be in there occasionally. The only thing I carry full-time that takes up trunk-space is a tool pouch.....an absolute necessity for me, being the paranoid person I am.
 

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Is there any way possible to bolt it down? A simple pair of bolt cutters will cut the cable and then the lock-box and everything in it will be gone.

I need to do this myself. I carry a gun and when I arrive some place I can't wear it I'm forced to leave it in my car. These "no gun zones" are the stupidest thing I've ever heard of. They only inconvenience law abiding citizens; like some psycho with a gun is going to read a sign and say "oh damn, I guess I can't go on my killing spree here". No, instead it leaves me inside, unarmed and unable to protect myself or those around me when that psycho walks in and starts shooting.

Oops sorry, way off topic but it just pisses me off to no end.

I had a lock-box in my Stealth and I did manage to get it bolted down so they couldn't walk away with the box and my gun.
 

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Yeah it could be solidly mounted using bolts or screws to the back of the seat. Of course you'd have to drill holes, and it wouldn't be removable any longer. You could make a quick release setup I guess.

I found another box I might permanently mount.....
 

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if you dont care about getting a flat you could hide one where the spare goes, under the mat thing. no one owuld ever know its there.
 

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Yeah, we bought two new cars this year and I have to get off my butt and get a lock-box installed in both. I'm also going to look at possible places to simply conceal something behind an interior panel or what not. So many of the panels just pop off and on and there's an amazing amount of space behind some of them.
 

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Man you come up with the weirdest shit for your car.

But it's very interesting.
 

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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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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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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.[deviltail]
 
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