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Old 12-14-2020, 05:16 PM   #1
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I bought this van from a driving school about 2 years ago with 120xxx kms since then I have 4x4 swapped and put a high top on. I have been all over in it and has been perfect to me.
Still lots of work to be done. but wanted to share some of my progress so far. I found the top at a junk yard for $200.00 I was able to do the 4x4 swap with my cousin in a barn. Everything in was done for less than $4500. Lucky for me my cousin is a wizard and built many of the needed custom parts.
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Old 12-14-2020, 05:44 PM   #2
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Dang, you have done some serious work. What is the interior like now?
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Old 12-14-2020, 06:14 PM   #3
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Dang, you have done some serious work. What is the interior like now?
Thanks!

Right now the interior is gutted. I will be spray foaming and doing a very basic camper conversion, as it is my dirt bike hauler. So the back needs to be usable. I'm a little stuck on ideas for the bed.
I want to be able to move the bed from the back to the front if I have to do some parking lot camps with my bikes inside. I'm thinking slats and E-Track will be my best option.
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Old 12-15-2020, 06:37 AM   #4
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Cool. Great van with minimal money, but some amount of time.
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Old 12-17-2020, 05:40 AM   #5
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Did you grab the extended height rear doors from the donor van too? Will you add the "roll cage" to replace the lost structure the orginal roof and C-pillar offered?

What year was the donor van?

When the rear roof lintel and the "roll cage" is properly welded to the body the side walls retain a lot of their original roll over or upper body strength.
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Did you grab the extended height rear doors from the donor van too? Will you add the "roll cage" to replace the lost structure the orginal roof and C-pillar offered?

What year was the donor van?

When the rear roof lintel and the "roll cage" is properly welded to the body the side walls retain a lot of their original roll over or upper body strength.
There was only 1 fiberglass door extension when I got the roof. I had some aluminum ones made up, Which I like better as its a little more secure. The inner "roll cage" did come with the roof. and is bolted through the the body. I actually cut just above the windows off on the Donor so I could take my time and do it exactly how it was done by the previous person.

I drive 5km up a gravel road every day for work and have not notices any difference in structure (Fingers Crossed)

As for the donor van I believe it was the same year as mine. Could be wrong, I sat on the roof for a year as I had a VW pop top and was torn between the two.
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^^^Thanks for the additional info---sounds like you're on the right track how you grafted the raised roof in place.
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