Converting 4 door to pickup

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Converting 4 door to pickup

Postby darren1camper » Sun May 26, 2013 8:55 pm

has a body converted a 4 door into a pickup and if so any advice?

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Re: Converting 4 door to pickup

Postby darren1camper » Sun May 26, 2013 9:40 pm

Sorry meant to say has anybody converted a 4 door saloon to pickup?

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Re: Converting 4 door to pickup

Postby rayofleamington » Sun May 26, 2013 11:12 pm

Minor commercials have a separate chassis, whereas a saloon is monocoque.
Therefore you're in fairly deep water.

There's 2 ways to change a saloon - either by using the commercial's chassis or by making something from scratch.
The front end of a 4 door saloon can be used as a donor to make a pickup or van cab but it's a fair bit of work.
By the time you've got hold of a good chassis and converted the saloon shell into a cab and then had to sort out the load bay & sides etc.. you'd be better off starting with a commercial in the first place.
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Re: Converting 4 door to pickup

Postby iwsmithy » Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:12 pm

Best to convert a Pickup into a 4 door not the other way round!!!
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Re: Converting 4 door to pickup

Postby olderisbetter » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:07 am

iwsmithy wrote:Best to convert a Pickup into a 4 door not the other way round!!!
That 4 door pick up would have looked quiet odd back in the day but with all the doube cab pick ups you see today it really does look good.


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Re: Converting 4 door to pickup

Postby midget » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:41 pm

I gave this idea a lot of thought before embarking on my van restoration (although using a 2 DOOR cockpit). I just need more leg room for longer journeys.
Seems perfectly doable as long as you get the chassis lengthened in the right place which I assume to be behind the rear torsion bar mounts? Another thing to consider is fabricating the the rear of cab flange to adjoin the van body I ended up "just" doing a (currently stalled) resto, but I do have the original van chassis + a complete 2 door saloon so If I live long enough :) it may come to fruition!
Several have been done which look super.
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