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Old August 20th, 2010, 03:12 AM   #1
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Ok so I'm thinking about buying this sandrail off my buddy but im curious as to if I can fabricate some body work and seal it up fairly well and use it to drive during winter. I figured I could use some slightly think sheet metal and cage in most the rail and then build some hinges to make doors and use plexi glass for the windows in the doors. Do you guys think this would work or have any ideas on how to do it? Id like to be able to remove the body back off during summer so i dont want to go welding everything on. I figure if anyone knew anything about this it i would find them here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also im not working on a monster budget so i would like to try and keep the price as low as possible. Doesnt have to be anything fancy, just something to be able to keep the cold ass wind off of me, might even try hooking up a heater that would blow up from under the feet section, and im pretty sure i would need windshield wipers incase of snow.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old August 20th, 2010, 03:20 AM   #2
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if you have a windshield you will also need heat and de-frost. I don't think it is a very cheap conversion.
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the thickness of the material, especially steel or aluminum, is not going to help insulate, so I would suggest going with some thin aluminum...cheaper and easier to work with.
If you want it removable, weld on some tabs and use Dzus fasteners or some other sort of 1/4 turn fastener system that is intended for sheet metal panels. I'm sure there are some panels that you wont remove in the summer, so those can be installed with pop rivets or bolted on (still removable, just not as easily). You could just weld some nuts in place and bolt every panel on, which would be considerable cheaper, but a bit of a PITA to remove and install the panels.
To insulate it, you can get some of the foam insulation sheets and cut them to size...would help keep some heat in and cold out, anyway.
Plexiglass will scratch up and look like shit, and be hard to see through before long.
If this is running and air cooled VW engine ,then you are stuck with either the exhaust heat exchanger, or some electric heaters. Electric will draw more current and be hard on the charging system, so that may need upgraded, but probably better then replacing the entire exhaust. You will need something for the windshield defrost, I doubt you will get enough heat to stay warm which could be a problem if your driving more then a few minutes at a time.

Wouldn't the front end be a bit light for winter driving?


I would suggest taking the money you would spend on this and just buy a cheap beater for the winter. At least then you wont necessarily freeze your ass off.
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Yeah the more i think about it, you're probably right. Well damn.
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Bill's right, they won't turn at all on snow, the front just slides. I put mud tires on the rear of mind, couldn't go anywhere on the snow with it...
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