Take the body off that, put a 617 turbo in your 404 (or any other diesel upgrade that would fit within a different body) then plop that body on the 404 (along with appropriate fully body hinge mounts of course). That would be Sveet. Well; ok...... it wold be Sveeter than it is now. Tis mighty Sveet w/out the swap though.
Well, I've had to slow down on this project due to lack of funds, but I can still make some progress. The new goal is simply to get all the insulation in, new walls, new wood floor, and put in the pop-top. The interior will be really basic.
I got all the old floor out:
And pressure washed it:
I'm removing all the old wiring and bits that dont go anywhere to simplify things. I also ripped out the old roll-up door, and will be building a big single-swing door with a window.
Here's how she looks right now. I've continued dong body work to the sides and nose, and at some point I'll put a cheap paint job on it.
I've found a nice window for the new rear door, and started construction. I also began cutting the new floor.
The big swing out will allow the nice window visibility as well as loading bikes or a Haflinger in the back. I've also continued doing to body work. I'm going to paint it Krylon OD with semi-gloss Black accents. Should look tough!
It can haul the Hafi in a pinch, it just barely fits through my door. That was part of the reason for making one big one, plus I want a cool table to fold down from the door once it's open. Also it was the easiest method.
I've decided on a color!
Ignore the ghetto jack stand sitution, I ran out!
I picked up (6) decent used 215/85R16 tires for it for $160, and they are being mounted by a friend for free right now! The wheels will be flat Black with red hubs. I've also pulled out TONS of useless wiring, mainly from the A/C and heater units that arent in the van.