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Help needed in conversion

I'm a hunter who hunts with dogs. I've just started using a sammy for my hunting vehicle. I need more space to haul my dogs. I thought I would convert my suv to a pick-up. I would appreciate any help on doing this i.e. suppliers of factory cabs or ideas on doing the conversion myself. I don't want to spend a lot of money!!!!
Please share your ideas.
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what exactly do you mean convert it to a pickup?

you could just take out the back seat and then buy a couple of things from best top and you would have a pretty decent cab with a soft top....

is that what you're talking about?

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If you would cut a pice of 3/4 mdb plywood and put it over the bed (with cut outs for the roll bar stuff), seems it would work good and alocate space underneath for other stuff. It'd give a solid drillable surface too..

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I have looked at Bestop on the web and found nothing but covers for the entire cab and back area. I wish to enclose the cab area leaving the back area opens to use as a p/u. I can then mount a large conventional dog box on the back (bed}. I do not mind the soft top If I can make the front area relatively weather tight. I had in mind however using lightweight aluminum tread plate to form a top and back of the cab. Do you know of anyone doing anything along this line?

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Thanks Nowhere,
That is exactly what I was planning, but I need a cab to keep me out of the cold and rain! I know what to dog for the dogs, I think, it's me I need help with! LOL

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There's a guy named Ben on Ebay who does diamond plate stuff, and he was working on a project similar to what you are looking for. Go to my website (see link below) and click on one of the links to Ben's products. Send him an e-mail, and he'll get back to you quickly.

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We have something like your talking about in one of our zuks its just a thin peace of metal thats cut to fit behide the seats and is bolted in and sealed fits tight and doesn't leak,looks nice like it should be there were going to try and get a window out of a checy Luv that slides to put in it so we had see out the back.I'll try and get some pics. but not sure when ill be able to do so.

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I dunno if a sheet of diamond plate will hold up worth anything as far as bending were to go. Ben could put some gussets on the plate so it'll hold more weight and be stronger. I thought he had one on E-bay for like 100~200 dolars. Combine that with the suzuki "windjammer" and you're set. The windjammer is a soft top material with a clear plastic window that is attached either before or after the roll bar and isolates the rear of the zook and the front end. I thought it goes to the floor too.. Benjamin401 I think is his callsign here and on e-bay. Check'em out and he'll prob send some pictures and specs to you.. Or could you use a trailer?

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Hi,
hey whatever you do to make your sami into a pickup, You would be wise to seal the whole tub with a
bedliner like Durabak, just to allow easy cleanup and keep the rust at bay.
this stuff is great, and extreemly durable, once it is on, it aint comming off.
http://www.nonslipcoating.com/
Here is an article about it being applied in your samurai,
http://www.off-road.com/suzuki/project/suzushiliner.htm
it is about 100bucks, but will save much problem down th e road dealing with rust, assuming you have a
somewhat rust free sami allready

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Hey, thanks!
You guys are very nice to try to help a stranger!
As the project goes along, I'll keep you posted, maybe
get some pics.
Oh, if anyone has any more ideas please post em. I'll keep checking back in. By the way I'm in So. Il. if anyone is interested.

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