Truck Conversion: Convert a Car into a Pickup Truck

If you're a homesteader who needs but can't afford a pickup truck, a car-to-truck conversion as described by the author might be a feasible alternative.



062 pickup truck conversion - seat replaced
LEFT: The author increased his load space by removing the existing seat and making one from playwood and foam padding. RIGHT: Added wood side panels bolted to the door posts provide additional structural support.
RALPH BOWDEN
062 pickup truck conversion - rear panels removed
LEFT: 2x4 braces bolted to the door posts also provide support. RIGHT: The removed rear half of the car.
RALPH BOWDEN
062 pickup truck conversion - completed conversion
The completed vehicle after the car-to-truck conversion looked like this.
PHOTO: RALPH BOWDEN
062 pickup truck conversion - three panes
TOP LEFT: Spare tire and road emergency tools are stored under a trapdoor in the bed. BOTTOM LEFT: The back rest on the passenger side of the front seat folds down to accept extra long loads. RIGHT: A cover for the bed helps protect the contents during rainy weather.
RALPH BOWDEN
062 pickup truck conversion - truck bed
The truck bed. Not the fender skirt made from an old truck tire.
RALPH BOWDEN











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