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XK120 DHC & FHC storage box

XK120 DHC & FHC Storage Box

Could other XK 120 DHCand FHC owners tell me the configuration of their
storage box behind the seats. Mine has two 2" holes in the front vertical
section which have an expanded metal mesh insert. Their purpose appears to
allow ventilation into the box and seem to be factory original. On the lid,
centered one-third of the way in from each side are two oblong speaker
holes measuring 2" x 5.5". These are not as clean and may have been added
later. My car did come with a bracket attached to the shelf between the
batteries which could have been a radio mount, unfortunately no radio was
with the car. I would like to know if other cars have both of these
openings. - Jeff Kelley-Day, 1954 XK 120 DHC

Re question about holes in storage box above batteries:  My FHC has no
openings to that space.  Appears to me someone tried to make a bass reflex
loudspeaker system out of yours. - Carl Hanson, 1951 XK120 FHC

Jeff, My FHC has a solid sided, metal box with no openings on the vertical
face. The original wood just in front of the window had only one speaker
hole which was on the left, I think. (Can't be positive about the latter as
that panel is now replaced). - Roger Learmonth

Jeff, No such holes in the storage boxes of FHC 679187 and FHC 681114.
However I notice in the DHC parts catalogue there are different front and
lid panels for with or without radio, unlike FHC, so possibly answers from
FHC owners aren't going to help you. So your vent holes and speaker holes
could be original. I wonder if later on they found they needed ventilation
for that radio amplifier? Hmm, if so, then why not also for FHC? And your
speakers would almost have to go there in the lid, wouldn't they? If they
were back farther like on the FHC wouldn't they be covered when the top was
folded down? Or maybe what you have is the optional bait box/varmint cage
for keeping spare squirrels in case the primary squirrel powering the car
gets sore feet. This is a little known option not mentioned by any of the
XK restoration books except "XK Fixin'it Book" by Bubba & Billy Bob. - Rob
Reilly


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