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Tjomma
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Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:53 pm

Hi All

Greetings and compliments for the new year. May it be blessed beyond your wildest dreams :thumbup:

I have been holding back on this project for far too long. Finally I am on my way to finish my removable camper or the tray back camper ala the ausies

Some might remember the Hilux rebuild that ended like this:
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Its time to fill up the rear. This is the idea:
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And when Im not out on the trails, i just park it:
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I use my bakkie for work and pleasure, so I need something that is not stuck on the back with camping gear when I need the space to cart stuff.

Instead of building from scracth I started off with buying two of those field service canopies off Gumtree. I was fortunate the seller had single cab and double cab canopies so I bought both. The price was jus to good to ignore. I scored big time on the parts and materials. They looked similar to this:
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So, after a lot of grinding and cleaning , I got to the bare bones and started working from there. I love the curviture of the design and it fits the Hilux perfectly. I eventually ended up with a bent or curved base to work from, but also added loads more material for my design and purposes.
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Then it was off to the welders to put everything together.
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The front
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The rear
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I kept it low profile since I still need to add a roof rack.
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Rear profile

Well, thats where I am at the moment. The next step is to work on the doors. Two gullwing doors and one big rear door is on the menu.

Will keep you posted. :D:
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JohanM
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Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:53 pm

Hi Jofre,

I like your idea and this is going to be interesting. Keep the pictures coming !!! Modular and versatile is the new name of the game in 4wd travel.
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Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:48 pm

Looking good so far. :thumbup:

There are some camper build threads here and the latest one IIRC was the one that Tony (AKA "Firstgeer") built also using an aluminium field service canopy. Check it out for ideas here https://www.hilux4x4.co.za/views/viewto ... er#p496955
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Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:49 pm

Thanks Johan and MD. I have seen Tony's excellent build. Took some notes for sure :cooldude:

Tonight I did some stocktake on the material I have. All from the previous canopy.Should save me some bucks
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I have some locks, shocks and hinges with all their fittings. At least I remembered to keep the lock keys :clap:

These are some of the oldfloor parts of the previous canopies as well. Will be recycling that to make the doors.
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I am spending a lot of time on the prep work before cutting. Measuring twice. My spares are limited, wouldnt want to make mistake and end up have ing to buy more material. Will order flatbars and door rubbers tommorow.

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Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:20 am

:thumbup:
Waiting to see how it all unfolds ... or rather comes together. :D:

Yeah, "measure twice and cut once" is a good habit ..... prevents the problem where you've cut for the third time and it's still too short. :D:
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Don't take life too seriously ..... no-one gets out alive.
It's not about waiting for storms to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain.
And be yourself ..... everyone else is taken!
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