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Mods to Panelvans or Utes with Canopy

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Tro, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. Tro

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    I would love to see what others have done to their Panelvan's and Utes with canopies

    I am considering buying one or the other (well hopefully swap with my VE SS)
    Main things I am interested in is how anyone has set up for dogs
    I do a bit of travel and compete with my dogs, currently set up in a VZ Wagon

    With respects to Utes with canopy, if I go down this track, what do I need to consider before removing the back window, any insulation to the canopy etc
    Cage designs of interest also for both options

    Any ute have an advantage over another? the VE with sealed over roof canopy looks great

    P.s. I would be doing any modifications etc myself

    Older Panelvans would be a dream come true ... but also with a heavy price tag!

    Would love to see pictures!

    Tro
     
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    AFAIK if installing a canopy in a modern ute they leave the back window in.
     
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    It appears to be sealed, but it is just a well fitted canopy with the ute back window still there.
     
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    I would remove the back window or at the very least, put in a sliding window

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    Be easy enough to remove the window but it won't be like a true panel van. To do that would require extensive work and structural modifications and having it all engineered.
     
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    Yep, I wouldn't go that far

    Simply looking to set up well for my dogs and an emergency bed (could be on the roof racks) etc
    I do need to carry some equipment as well
    Main reason for removing the back window would be to provide cool air and so my dogs can hear me etc

    I am also looking for something to play with (if i get a Panelvan or older ute) so I don't mind the odd challenge

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    I find station wagons very versatile. Drop the back seat, & toss a blow up mattress in, theres the bed for the night.
    Put the seats up, room for the family & the dog in the back section.
     
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    Thats what I currently have (VZ) and I also have a VF as the family wagon

    The VZ has had its seats down for about 3 years, set up for the dogs etc
    I am wanting a change (hopefully a Panelvan)
    Something I can play with and set up more permanent and dedicated for what I need to carry (with a little more room than I currently have)
    I don't want a 4X4, prefer another V8 or older car - I also have height restriction (1820)

    So I would really love to see some custom builds of Panelvans or Utes with Canopy's

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    I wonder if that would pass a roadworthy inspection in NSW. I realise you are Qld, which doesn't do yearly checks.
    Put a roof mounted air con in the back.
     
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    Wouldn't want to do that, I would simply remove the back window (or put a split window in) - maybe line the roof with insulation

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    Depending on whether you would be happy to switch sides but Fords made a proper panel van right up until at least the late 90s EF not sure if EL had the option. Just need to stick a Tickford engine in and bin the grey top.

    There was also the VS Ambulance. I'm not overly familiar with it so can't shed much detail other than it was a slightly longer wheel base, AFAIK.
     
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    There were a few ambo models (3 doors) both Holden and Fords, I don't mind them - just got to find something under 15k and willing to swap

    Really not interested in anything over the 90's unless its already 8

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    There are sliding rear windows available for VU-VS III utes available.
     

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