1979 Ranger XLT 400m T18
That looks nice and cozy. Makes me want to go camping. It is pretty similar to the setup I use, except mine is in my truck bed trailer. One question though, does your seat not double fold for lack of a better word, or can you fold it further by doing that vs. folding the back forward first and then the bottom up?@cwegga Here's what I was doing for the back of my Bronco. It's all been sitting in the Bronco for a very long time, so it's pretty dusty and dirty and could use a cleaning. At least the "flooring" part. Everything else has been kept indoors.
I used those puzzle piece looking foam squares that are advertised for gym floors. I think I got these at Home Depot. I did some measuring, some cuttin', some finagling and came up with this.
I really need to wrangle than passenger side panel as well. It was like that when I got the Bronco, but its gotten worse from moisture. This is before I wiped them down a little and started to puzzle piece it back together.
All the pieces put back together. I made it so that the pieces would cover the tailgate when its down. The "flooring" starts right at the backside of the coil springs that sit under the rear seat. I unfortunately have that bent linkage on the tailgate handle, so that pops it up a bit, but at least it's at the very end of the gate. One day I'll pull that apart and fix it.
This is the "max headroom" setup. The previous pic has the front seats in their down position. In this pic I have the seats folded forward so I can tilt the rear seat as far forward as I can. Less chance of cracking your head on the rear set latch, though I'll still be covering that up with something.
I cut slits in the sides of these smaller pieces so that they could go around the tailgate cables/torsion bar and help cover up the gaps that are there when you put on that tent. The tent doesn't fit tight against the sides of the tailgate since it goes up on the outside of the bed. Now that I have new cables, they don't line up as perfectly as they did before, but they are still good enough it seems.
I thought out most of these things that I did and spent time measuring with a tape and looking up widths and lengths online, but on this one I just walked past it at Walmart and thought "Hey, I bet that would fit perfectly between the wheel wells, let's try it out." Well what do you know. lol. Today was the first time I actually stuck it in there since I've had it. I guess the distance of the wheel wells is exactly one body pillow.
I spent a lot of time looking for an air mattress that would fit between the wells as that was what I was wanting for fitment, rather than finding a truck bed mattress that's made to go over the wells. Most mattresses are for indoor use only and of course need an ac outlet to power the pump they come with. I found this one that was for outdoor use and it comes with a battery powered pump rather than having to blow it up manually with your mouth. This is also the first time I've used this thing and I was pretty pleased with the way it fit in the Bronco. I guess taking the time to find what you want paid off for me this time.
I was looking for one that would fit between the wheel wells and go from the back of the flipped up rear seat all the way to the edge of the tailgate. Boom, baby!
I had a spare fitted sheet that sorta fit, so I put that on it to try and keep the mattress clean. Close enough. Yes, the body pillow is sitting on top of the bed rather than behind it on the floor, which also kind of helps cover up that damn seat latch. I think it looks pretty decent.