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Tuffy center console mod - simple, cheap, useful

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by wantatlc, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. wantatlc

    wantatlc

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    Add this to my list of inexpensive Home Depot mods posted here on Mud for my 40 (stone guards, axe & shovel mounts, baja light mounts, radi reservoir mount, etc).

    I have always noticed, since I put in the Tuffy center console when I first got my rig, that I would routinely reach over with my right hand to stabilize myself when turning corners (or just driving a rig like a 40 around). I would also routinely need to use 1 hand - while driving - to open the console to get at something. Neither of these actions was facilitated by the Tuffy's design. So, I came up with a simple solution a while back. $1.50 kitchen cabinet drawer handle mounted to the front top of the console allows me a place to grab and stabilize when turning corners and allows fast, simple 1 handed opening..... and it looks pretty cool and not like a $1.50 mod. cheap and super useful. once you do it, you will wonder why they are not designed this way to begin with.

    The handle in place
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    stabilizing in turns
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    1 handed opening
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    right on , now if i can just afford a tuffy console!!!happy trails cubb
     
  3. Degnol

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    Does the handle interfere with yo' fo'ty;) Or do you have a cupholder on yours?

    I....................................................LIKE IT!!!:bounce:

    Ed
     
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    Brilliant! On my way to Home Depot now.
     
  5. wantatlc

    wantatlc

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    who the hell invested in a Tuffy and didn't get the cup holder... pleeez :eek: I just got the Tuffy so I could have a place for the cup holder
     
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    wantatlc

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    dude, just do not get the same handle as mine. HD has all kinds of designs, you could even go to Home EXpo for the top shelf shiznit, so no reason to copy my exact handle :flipoff2:




    (post up a photo if you actually do it)
     
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    :lol: Too funny! ...but too true...
     
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    rusty_tlc Dain Bramaged Member

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    :princess:saw one in a friends rig and wanted to know why we didn't have one. Wimmens are strange creatures, I could have tried to justify a Tuffy for weeks and she wouldn't have understood.
     
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    Great ideal.....have a 78 fj40, been trying too restore....that i will use. It's all stock W/32x1250x15.... rims are stock centers widen to 9" and powder coated hammer tone gray,also bumper,parts of dash, glove box, wiper housing & spare tire mount.... Soon will be doing a TBI smog update.....still deciding on 4.3 or 5.7,.... auto or stick, have both engines....HMMMM!!!!.... THANKS
     
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    trying to hijack?? well even if you arn't i haven't done this yet...

    :flipoff2:WELCOME TO MUD:flipoff2:

    and sounds good.. post pics of your cabinet handle when you get it....
     
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    Thanks for this suggestion. Somewhere near the bottom of my winter task list for my 40 is installing the same Tuffy console that you show in your pictures. I purchased mine so I could lock up the stereo receiver and almost more importantly for the cup holder.

    I'm going to have to get used to not being able to keep the console open while driving, something I can do on my present "add on top of the OEM console" that I have. The Tuffy instructions explain why they designed it this way, but I have to disagree with their reasoning.