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Old June 20th, 2006, 07:24 PM   #1
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I can get a P-35 step van for free, just need a new 454 which I have, Question is how well do you think it would haul the jeep? Think ing about cuttting it to the red line and buiding a deck out of steel not the Al. that is already there. Then I just need to make a back half of the cab. Probally just carpet and condtion the inside like a mini camper depending how much room is left. Thoughts?
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Old June 20th, 2006, 07:32 PM   #2
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Guys on pirate do stuff like this ALL the time !! i would enclose that front portion left over and put a cot in the front for camping.. Look around in the tow rig section of pirate im sure u'll find a couple build ups..
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Old June 20th, 2006, 08:30 PM   #3
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Yep, look in the tow rigs forum at Pirate (if you have to, ask swampjeep, he's the PBB searching master )... someone has been doing a cool build with I think a 24 ft cube van..
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keep it all inclosed, that way to have a "party porch" if you're camping and it's raining out....
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Old June 20th, 2006, 08:43 PM   #5
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keep it all inclosed, that way to have a "party porch" if you're camping and it's raining out....
Thats not a big ass van like a UHAUL so i doubt his TJ will fit inside... but if it does fit then yes keep it enclosed...
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=480067 <thats currently my favorite.
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I can tell you on one trip to attica, we had a 24 ft moving van, with a samurai AND my CJ-5 inside.. tight, but it worked and drove great.

I think a 454 wouldn't have trouble, other than gas mileage.
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My Tj would be to tall to fir on the inside of it. That is why I want to cut the back half off and make the forn a place to sleep.
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My Tj would be to tall to fir on the inside of it. That is why I want to cut the back half off and make the forn a place to sleep.
Get donuts to put on and do it monster truck style J/K your plan sounds good. GO FOR IT !!!!
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Hell yeah I'd do it! I love free shit, and if it doesn't pan out, scrap is high, especially aluminum
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WE were going to do it with a school bus just because they are longer and ours was going to haul dirt bikes and quads. But it is a good idea.
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you might be farther ahead to leave it togther and pull a trailer. it would make a great camper/tool truck and they are really good at hauling loads. you should expect about 12,000 towing capcity.
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I used to wheel with a guy that had a van like that. His was an old Butternut truck with I believe a 350ci. He mad a work area and camp area in the back. Plus it towed his CJ on 44's on a trailer.
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The small tire idea might be worth checking out. I know there's not a huge amount of room in those things, but if you could fit it in and keep everything enclosed it would pretty nice to have all that room. Would probably be a pain in the ass swapping out tires everytime though.
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Cool build up Rocky.
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Maybe I'll just add a 3 ft dovel tail to the end or extra lenght.
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