Mid70's Chrysler Fanatic
- Aug 20, 2017
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- Omaha, Neb.
Except in Australia, New Zealand and a few others, where the side windows and upper door frames are borrowed from wagons/sedans to make the utes. The first one I saw - an early Sixties’ Valiant in Crocodile Dundee - looked homemade to me except for the “V” emblem embossed into the C-pillars. (Members from those countries can provide more information.) I assume that it was for cost savings.The problem I have with most of these truck conversions is that they often start with a station wagon and use the front doors, where it probably would have the longer doors used on a 2-door.
The other problem is the roof line, the wagon had a taller roof than a hardtop and these would look more natural had they taken that in consideration. Lets not even get into vehicle selection to start with.
I have yet to see one of these conversions that looked as if it could have been a factory vehicle.
The worst aesthetic flaw I see in the conversions is the unused-but-intact rear doors complete with handles. Filling the spaces with Bondo wouldn’t work, I think; I’d expect it to crack eventually.
The ’68-’69 Dodge “Durango” that exists only in my mind would use the two-door Coronet and blend in a pickup box derived from the wagons. I bet Ma Mopar’s stylists would’ve made it look awesome!