#JimThePrius Overland Conversion in the making.

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  1. ice9

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    You might retain, and cut to shape, the upper portion of he old bumper to fill in the gab below the headlights. You would also need to attach it to the new bumper in order to prevent wind vibrations... ...or you could form the new bumper to fill in the gap itself.
     
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    That was the original idea, but the way I've made this I don't need to cut it, the whole bumper fits on top as it did before. This was I can have a normal look and good aerodynamics around town and on the highway, and if I need to go off road I simply undo a few screws and pull the bumper off
     
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    Leaving the bumper to circle around my brain for a bit I've moved into the interior, the rear seats were removed as soon as I bought the car, along with the associated belts and now comes the time to replace them with some storage.

    On my previous Subaru I built a big slim drawer that went out the back of the car, while great for fitting loads of stuff and having easy access even with the cargo area full, it raised the floor up too much giving me less headroom for sleeping on top.
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    In the Prius I decided to go out the side instead, keeping the floor flat from the hatch all the way to the dash when the front seats are reclined fully.
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    This also leaves enough room for my inverter, solar controller and maybe some extra 12v batteries next to the hybrid battery, bringing some of the weight that was going to be in the spare tyre well much further forward.
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    Next step is to build a frame to attach it to, and then a new flat floor on top, with a hinged section at the front and rear to allow the seats the full range of movement and access to the rear footwells and spare tyre well.
     
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    I just read this thread from the beginning and I’m pretty impressed! Great job and very inspiring! But I’m also a little sad... I need more
    Keep it up and thank you!
     
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    Hey guys,

    Sorry it's been a while since I've been on here, the end of the world and general life has been getting in the way over the last few months but I've just got back to work on Jim and will have some more updates for you soon.

    Here's a quick teaser to tide you over.
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    Thanks for lookin
     
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    Marvelous stuff man!
     
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    Great work on that trailer hitch in back... If I ever redo my hitch that's the way I'd do it... It's way too low otherwise...
     
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    @Minima Domum ---> Do you have a link for the trailer hitch you bought? OR just a model number and maker? I want to find a good price on one like that!
     
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    Wasn't it off his old Subaru Outback and modded to fit?
     
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    oh, ok... thanks!
     
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    Darn was hoping there was a bolt on model..
     
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    looks like a bolt on model to me...
     
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    It's here on the first page, it was a bolt on for a Subaru Outback (or Australian equivalent), but was not made to fit the Prius specifically.

    Awesome build by the way, looking forward to any future updates.

    EDIT: I'm not sure how I missed the other posts that already mentioned where the hitch setup came from, but now I can't delete my post, oh well.
     
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