This LRO reader emailed LRO.firstname.lastname@example.org seeking advice on converting his Defender double cab into a utility.
I want to convert my Defender double cab into a utility and keep the rear bulkhead so that I still have the option to change it back. Is this a straightforward case of swapping the roof, and putting two side panels and rear door on?
Mark Knight, Sandy, Bedfordshire
Yes, that’s basically all you have to do. You also have to remove the rear panel above the waist rail because it’s fixed where the side panels fit. You may also need to refit the seatbelt mountings.
The other option is to fit a top of the pick-up’s load bay (try Ifor Williams: iwt.co.uk). This keeps the load bay dry and secure but separate from the passenger space.
This workshop advice appeared in the August 2012 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.