What am I looking at to spend to get my 06 base rolling around town looking like a tiny little truck? It's not something I can do myself, so looking for a ballpark on what others have invested.
While I CAN afford to do it within reason, I'm trying to decide if I WANT to afford it. Could I come up with $10K? Probably, but do I want to invest that in a vehicle I bought for a quarter of that? Maybe not. I think they look cool, but I can't imagine it's practical as any sort of truck. Since this is my daily, it'd be summer until I did anything, as a Harley would be my ride while it was under the knife. I probably wont end up doing anything but drive it until the wheels fall off, but was just looking to see if others who had done it could share rough guesstimates on cost.here's a lil advice, take it any way you want, but if you have to ask how much something costs you generally cant afford to do it...
truck conversion is going to cost you at least 2500 for the paint job, fab work is going to cost you probably more than the car costs UNLESS you are handy with a torch and welder
I worked in an Air Force body shop for 2 years, and I can "farm weld" as I call it, but I'd never attempt to cut up a car without being in an internship or something. I painted, but it was CARC paint, and we didn't do any real prep except for knocking rust and loose paint off. I reckon I'll just admire the truck xB's others have done and continue to rack up miles on mine in OEM fashion.most fab shops charge over 100 an hour to do work so the tally adds up very quickly.. if this was going to be a weekend project type deal to learn how to do body work and welding then by all means get a decent welder and a good angle grinder and have at... then your biggest expense would be the paint job which is another good place to learn how to do stuff yourself and learn how to do body work
This is OEM? Was this sold as an option in the US? It's pretty cool looking.How about selling yours and buying an Open Deck version to replace it? That way, you get to have five of the "normal" car's six seats (buckets instead of the factory bench up front), but also have a pickup bed at the back. The back seat folds backwards just like the hatch one does, but you get to sleep beneath the stars. Carry an umbrella if you stay in a wet part of the world:
The Open Deck only comes with the 1NZ engine, so 2NZ fans needn't apply..