Wrangler/Dinoot pickup proof-of-concept build - a "Dinoot Brute?" - JeepForum.com
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post #1 of 238 Old 08-25-2014, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Wrangler/Dinoot pickup proof-of-concept build - a "Dinoot Brute?"

In this thread I'm going to build a proof-of-concept Wrangler pickup using Dinoot fiberglass Jeep-tub trailer parts for the bed and rear wall of the cab. But before I get started on the build, here's the history that led up to this project...

About 6 years ago I built a pickup starting with a 2006 Wrangler. I call it the "Retro Wrangler" because I styled it to be a modern version of the classic Willys pickup:





After finishing the Retro Wrangler, my next project was a CJ pickup, with styling based on the "Gaucho" pickup that was a custom offering by a Jeep dealer in the late 70's.





And then I took the leftover back halves of the two Jeep tubs from those projects and made a Jeep-tub trailer:



Building that trailer involved a significant amount of fabrication work, and I kept thinking there had to be a better way for the average DIY-er to build a trailer to match his Jeep, so I ended up designing and building a fiberglass Jeep-tub trailer kit.





The fiberglass Jeep-tub trailer was licensed by a company and is now sold under the Dinoot name (www.dinoot.com).

As part of the design project for the trailer tub kit, I also planned that the tub kit could be used as a pickup bed, and the tub end panel could be used as the back wall of a Jeep tub cut to pickup cab length.

So enough of the history...

In this thread I'll be showing how the Dinoot parts work for a Wrangler pickup bed and also for the rear wall of the cab. And since the key dimensions for the tub conversion to a pickup tub are the same across the TJ, YJ and CJ-7 Jeeps, with just some detail differences the modifications I'll describe in this thread can be applied to any of the three models of Jeep.


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I've done a bunch of pickup concept drawings over the past couple of years using the Dinoot parts, here are two.

One concept I named the Rustler, it starts with a TJ, uses a 6'6" Dinoot Extended trailer tub kit as the bed, a Dinoot trailer tub end panel for the back of the cab, and a CJ front end conversion kit (another of my fiberglass projects).



And this one is similar, it's also based on a TJ, but uses my Jeepster Commando front end conversion kit for the TJ:



Of course you could build one with a stock TJ front end too .

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Is this the build for the spy photos Dinoot posted on Facebook the other day?
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Sub'd; and a solid vote for the Commando front end!

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Sub'd; and a solid vote for the Commando front end!

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I'm pretty sure the Commando kit will be my favorite too, but I've got at least 4 different sets of front end "sheet metal" to test fit and see how they look. ("sheet metal" is in quotes because some of them are actually fiberglass).

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As always, looking forward to another great build, Jeff.
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Yay! Another pickup. I like the Commando front end too.
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Jeff, you are an incredible craftsman with ideas that are as impressive as your skills. With that being said.....Do you ever rest?

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Jeff, you are an incredible craftsman with ideas that are as impressive as your skills. With that being said.....Do you ever rest?
Thank you.

I'll rest next week while I'm driving to Colorado to do some off-roading .

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Another project that will be fun to watch!
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