Stephen D. King
  • 70, Male
  • Nitro, West Virginia
  • United States
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I've been a smart owner since
April 11, 2009
I've been a smart reservation holder since
January 27, 2009
Nitro, West Virginia
My favorite things about smart
Quality, Smallness, Utiliity, Greenness, Fun to Drive.
About Me
Retired Teacher, House Husband
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At 10:30am on April 25, 2009, Terri & Jim Dantin said…
I've been working on other projects, but I have made the template, finalized the design, and picked up a piece of plywood 1/2"x18"x48". You may want to use a narrower piece depending on how far back you position your passenger seat. 18" just touches my seat.

I determined that I will need to hinge the shelf to be able to get it in and out of the car. I will cut the plywood to the template shape (so that it sits on the little ledge) and then temporarily mount a piece of piano hinge along the centerline (front to back). I will remove the hinge and cut the shelf in half. Then reattach the hinge. I haven't decided if the hinge should be on top or bottom - that will depend on which way is easier to fold the shelf when installing and removing it -- the shelf can simply be turned over to position the hinge.

I will use two pieces of wood to support the shelf -- they will fit into the slots that are used by the OEM cargo cover rods. The wood will be sized so that it sits level with the ledge -

There will be some wood cleats on the bottom of the shelf -- they will hold the shelf from sliding forward/back on the wood supports.

I will attach the carpet and slit it along the hinge line. I also might attach a piece of 1x4 wood along the front edge to keep the dogs from sliding off the edge.

That's about it. Hopefully that will help you get started.

Hopefully that
At 9:32pm on April 6, 2009, Stephen D. King said…
Did you get that shelf built? How about a photo if you did. I'll need one soon. I am picking up an orphan on Saturday, the 11th, then Molly, Max, and I can cruise. First stop - PetSmart with the SmartPets.
At 12:19pm on March 1, 2009, Terri & Jim Dantin said…
Ours like riding in anything and going anywhere! I'm building a plywood shelf for the cargo area -- dogs on top, people stuff below.

They are the ultimate lap dogs -- try to explain to sales people in a furniture store that you're needing a chair and ottoman that fits 1 human and 3 Cavaliers comfortably!
At 7:55am on March 1, 2009, Stephen D. King said…
They are the best - no doubt! But you better love being sat upon... a lot! Right now Molly(right) is on my lap as I "try" to type. Max is wondering where his space is. Do yours like riding in your smart?
At 6:03am on March 1, 2009, Terri & Jim Dantin said…
Love your dogs! We have three - two rubys and a black & tan. Cavaliers are the greatest!
At 5:14pm on January 30, 2009, Zipp2001 said…
Stephen out of all the Smart sites this is the best one. Smart car of america is good but a lot more negative. The problem with the internet is you seem to get more negative posting than positive.
At 4:00pm on January 29, 2009, Zipp2001 said…
Hi Stephen !

Welcome to the site, plenty of good information and nice people around here. If you have any questions about the Smarts just fire away. Well enjoy the site.

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