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Old 07-05-2016, 11:22 AM   #1
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Bumper Locker - Make it Watertight?

My Flying Cloud 30's rear bumper locker is often wet (we live in Michigan). There is daylight at the sides and the front, the hinge may or may not be watertight. Has anyone got a cunning trick to make the box more watertight or should I just resort to resealable plastic containers for my tools?
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:06 PM   #2
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I didn't on the pull-out bumper drawer of our Classic....just took the BFH, gave the floor some drainage 'slope', drilled some 1/4" holes and installed some drainage tiles.

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Due to to the location of the bumper drawer, I believe you would be sealing water in. I made sure mine drained well and only used it to store waste water draining equipment (hoses fittings etc)

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Has anyone got a cunning trick to make the box more watertight or should I just resort to resealable plastic containers for my tools?
Having just finished pulling the rear bumper, "trunk", black and gray tanks from the back of our '74, I would suggest the same as the others have. If anything, make sure that you have adequate drainage holes and that there is opportunity for these areas to vent either while stationary or while you're towing. And, don't keep anything on the floor surface of the trunk that will rust or wick water.

It's unlikely in the extreme that you will be able to prevent all water from coming in, but it is easy to make things "tight" enough to prevent the water from escaping or evaporating and create a moldy mess. The combination of water and road dust makes a really muddy soup and the easier you make it for yourself to pull everything out and hose things down in there, the better.
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I took the factory mat out, drilled extra drain holes,cleaned the drawer very well then coated it with ordinary aluminum paint. I've repainted every two years and it has worked well. No rust, repels water, doesn't scratch off or peal very easily. I'll never put a mat in that can act as a dam or hold water in any way.
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Thanks for the advice and ideas. I'm using a couple of plastic boxes for the small tools, and will drill a few more drainage holes next time I'm bored.

Now to find a long plastic box that fits in the compartment for my breaker bar, long handled wrench and torque bar.
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