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Old 04-23-2012, 08:40 PM   #1
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I have a bed tool box on my pickup (2003 Tacoma). It sits in there about 364 days of the year but yesterday I had to take it out to fit some big stuff in the bed. Problem is, the hold down clamps were all rusted out and two of the bolts sheared off before they broke loose.

I'm wondering if any of y'all know where to find some good stainless steel tool box hold down clamps, OR if you have a better method then I'd appreciate the suggestion. The clamps I have now (the rusty ones) are the kind that hook under the bed rail and tighten down. I like them because they're pretty quick and easy to remove when I need to take the box out, but like I said, if anyone has a better method (other than drilling & bolting), I'd love to hear it.

Here's one of the rusty pieces of crap I have on there now:


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I feel your pain. I bolt my tool boxes down and that's it. 2 trucks, trailer, or some other solution. taking the boxes on and off is too much of a pain.

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I feel your pain. I bolt my tool boxes down and that's it. 2 trucks, trailer, or some other solution. taking the boxes on and off is too much of a pain.
Well like I said, over 99% of the time I have the box in there and use it frequently enough to justify keeping it in there. I have a lumber rack for hauling long stuff or the canoe or whatever. But on the occasion that I want to take the box out, I don't wanna hafta unbolt it.
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How about some nutserts and stainless bolts?

http://www.prifast.co.uk/nutserts.htm

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Try a pool supply store.
The one near me has a lot of odd ball stuff that's stainless steel.
The great Excape is a local store, online also.
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How about some nutserts and stanless bolts?
That would still involve drilling the bed rail, which I would prefer to avoid. I wanna stick with clamps if possible, just stainless.
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That would still involve drilling the bed rail, which I would prefer to avoid. I wanna stick with clamps if possible, just stainless.
Have you tried truck canopy/topper stores? Seem to remember them carrying at least aluminum clamps and such.
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Have you tried truck canopy/topper stores? Seem to remember them carrying at least aluminum clamps and such.
I have some aluminum clamps for my lumber rack, and I got stainless bolts for them at Fastenal.
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You could buy some regular clamps and then hit them with some cold galvanizing spray or undercoating spray, and then never seize the bujesus out of the threads and whatnot.

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