And you are running SL tires, correct?
Know the lady, very nice and helpful. She helped me when it came time to buy my Landy.The Doormobile conversions really put the Land Rover Series over the top in the cool factor for me. There's a lady named Terri Anne Wakeman who has a nice site chronicling her build and adventures in a series 2 Rover and I've spent many hours looking around there. http://www.expeditionlandrover.info/
That's a new one on me... never heard it called a "barn door" before; is it an "Americanism", like "breakfast" is?Ever since the early Series models, Land Rovers have had full rear doors, often called "barn doors." It makes access to the cargo area so easy I don't know why they never caught on in the Jeep world. Barn doors have been part of the Land Rover since the 1950's. This one's on a Series III Land Rover from the 70's:
A Swiss Post Office Land Rover:
Jeep teased us with a barn door on the jeep Africa concept a few years ago:
But the closest Jeep ever got to a production barn door for this country was on the postal Jeep of the 60's/70's:
Jeep did produce a barn door for export only, it was called the "World Cab" and was available in CJ7 and CJ8 versions. This is an ad from the UK:
And Mahindra in India, which has always produced cool Jeep variants, has barn doors on all of its long wheelbase jeeps. This one is a Savari:
But no factory barn doors in the U.S.
When I designed and built the LJ/TJ Safari Cab hardtop and the JK/JKU Safari Cab, a barn door was at the top of my design requirements list.
I designed the JK barn door to also work with the factory JK/JKU hardtop in case someone ever wanted one for a factory top. It also works with the Ursa Minor camper top since that was derived from a factory top. Here's a barn door I did for Donny's Ursa Minor:
I've done two different barn door designs for the factory TJ hardtop as well but I haven't made the molds for that one.
Maybe some future Wrangler will offer a barn door as an option, but I doubt it.
This woman threatened me within an inch of my life if I wrote a children's book involving my Rover. Said she sue my a** off if I tried.One thing I have never seen on a Land Rover - angry bird/angry eyes or pretty much any type of goofy grill. Good show, chaps
This one doesn't count - it belongs to Veronica Lemond, she's an author of a children's book featuring "Landy" the Land Rover.
id absolutely kill for a barn door for my JKU Ive always hated the door hatch combo.That's a new one on me... never heard it called a "barn door" before; is it an "Americanism", like "breakfast" is?
I've always known it as tge full sized safari door, usually only found on the Station Wagons.
A company was interested in manufacturing and marketing my JK barn door design but in the end they decided not to go ahead with it so the only barn doors that exist so far are the one on my JKU and a few I've made for friends. I've still got the molds so if someone is ever interested in producing and selling it I'll be happy to explore the idea with them.id absolutely kill for a barn door for my JKU Ive always hated the door hatch combo.
if it has to be door hatch make it a drop down tailgate
The point of this thread isn't to turn a Jeep into a Land Rover. The Land Rover community has many more decades of overlanding/exploration experience than the Jeep community, so the point of this thread is to learn what we can from that experience and maybe apply some of the good ideas to our Jeeps.Okay, I've been reading through all of this with the greatest interest. Don't take this the wrong way (because I'm really curious), yet with all of these LR modifications for a jeep, why not just buy a LR Defender (not the new one, but tge good one)?
The dozens of small mods listed in this thread are what I think people might be interested in doing to their Jeeps. This thread is more about those things than about Alpine windows and rear "barn doors". But some Jeeps do have those things too .Still seems like a lot of major mods... Alpine windows, rear, full sized door and so one.