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    Cutting Down Wagon To Flatdeck

    I've seen Land Cruisers and Patrols cut down and a flat deck added. I reckon it would be the go in the future. The current Toyota factory option is still to dear at the moment, and the Prado/Safari is still just enough. Then I came across this the other day, and thought that it may be achievable. Just looking for ideas, and wondering whose done it, and approximate cost.
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    Yip, I could just get another ute, but was looking for something with some comfort, but then again not be worried when it gets some tough marks added

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    There's an old cruiser on TM , been there for years cut down like this as it probably has certification problems. Saying that the aussies do a few of them and they look good

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    I know a fella from Rangiora that did a number of Safaris for missionary work in Africa. They were done because in station wagon form they would have been hit with huge taxes, but not taxed as a ute or flat deck. He picked on the Safari because they were so tough. Cost $6-8k to do the chop and put on a hilux ute tray with canopy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadgetman View Post
    I know a fella from Rangiora that did a number of Safaris for missionary work in Africa. They were done because in station wagon form they would have been hit with huge taxes, but not taxed as a ute or flat deck. He picked on the Safari because they were so tough. Cost $6-8k to do the chop and put on a hilux ute tray with canopy.
    With canopy that's a gud price, got a quote of 4K for a new triton canopy

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    With canopy that's a gud price, got a quote of 4K for a new triton canopy
    Yeah, he was picking up the trays as take offs when a flat deck was added. Could just about use the rear end of a Hiace van too since they shared the same chassis as a Hilux.
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    Panel Craft in Ashburton do these conversions to Cruza's etc. Ask for Duncan if you give them a call.
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    It will probably end up as an expensive waste of time, but my thinking was you could pick up a 5 door Suzi and whack a small deck on the back. There's some tidy ones around for under $5k. Being reg and wof, you drive it to the place, throw your stinking,bleeding stuff on the back and go.
    I saw one up at Oxford a couple of yrs back, and then this one down here, just got the grey matter ticking again.
    A new ute would be nice, but have lost faith in the reliability of modern utes. Can't afford a new one under warranty, and the price range I am looking at, they've got 100+kms on them.
    What is the general ballpark bill for compliance for this sort of thing. Haven't had anything to do with that side of things

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    I got a flat deck off a wrecker for 300 and put it on instead of a wellside for 2k for what it's worth

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    I do love those Suzukis.

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    Cowper Trucks do a nice Suzuki Vitara cab chop, hilux leaf rear suspension conversion etc. Name:  45F78E56-5583-4D49-B6F9-A3EA961E323C.jpeg
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    guy in Mataura was doing the Suzuki for $5500 and landy/safari for around $8k that included the certification with flat decks.
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    A guy I know in Rangiora that cuts cruisers down. He's done heaps. Makes flat decks as well. Really good fella.
    If you're on FaceBook check out Custom Cuts
    https://www.facebook.com/Custom-Cuts-965596286880525/
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    Done two safaris, pretty easy. Not sure about monocoque chassis like the vitara, doing it to ladder chassis wagons I imagine would be much easier

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    Vitara like those have a ladder chassis
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