So after a couple of "Jeep" postings its back to Jimnys. Since the launch of the new Jimny we have been looking out for one, at first a bit tentatively and more recently for real. Shortly after the launch last December we got to test drive one for an extended period and really loved it. I did a review at the time, see the video below.
Bob has sent me in some pictures of his "Jeep". He has built an aluminium body onto his Jimny chassis giving him a lightweight Jeep. He is also looking to make this into a kit, so those with a rusty body can go "old school".
A further update from George on his Jimny to Willys Jeep conversion.
The "genuine" Willy's Jeep tub has turned up (they are still being manufactured by one of the original licensed Jeep manufacturers in Belgium so its a "New Old" tub)
As you can see in the picture below the chassis is longer than the tub. In the UK the law is pretty flexible around what you can do to a vehicle without having to jump through paperwork and engineering hoops. However, the "certification" and identity of a vehicle is considered to remain with the chassis, therefore chassis modifications (cutting etc.) are more difficult to get approved. Therefore the easiest option is to extend the body.