HILLMAN CAR CLUB
OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC

Tool Crate in the Boot
© Photos & commentary by Brian Vogt
HILLMAN CAR CLUB
OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC


This page refers to all Series Minxes and Gazelles, as they have identical dimensions & shapes inside the boot.


My father, who ran a furniture factory, instructed me to make this wooden tool box for my Minx Series IIIA
in 1972 hence the dimensions in inches.  These pictures show it in my current Hillman Gazelle.
Material:  timber particle board.
Board thickness:  1/2 inch, except the base which is 5/8 inch.
Mounting:  2 steel bolts (countersunk head in the box) with nuts under the car body.  Doesn't rattle.
Outside dimensions:  Length 36"   Width (front to back) 6½"   Height 6".
The front of the box is at least ¾" clear of the body (behind the rear seat backrest) to prevent minor rattling, and giving space to store a couple of spare fan belts.

The interior partition is to hold the petrol can in place.  I pad the can with rags on all sides to prevent chafing & rattling.  A fire safety fanatic might insist that the can be strapped in, so that it won't dislodge in a rollover, but it's very safe in any other situation.  I normally store engine oil & coolant to the right of the spare wheel, leaving plenty of room in the box for spanners, screwdrivers, spare globes etc.

Here's a simple partition that Barry Hall has installed in his Hillman Gazelle :



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