This near new 2016 Toyota Hilux space-cab has been an ongoing job we have thoroughly enjoyed. The customer came to us after an unfortunate accident where his previous canopy / tray combo had been damaged. Insurance gave him the all clear to have his canopy and tray rebuilt so we obliged.
The customer was very clear… I want to use it for work during the week and be able to disappear up the beach on weekends with ease. Our response – You definitely need a combo. So we got to work.
The customer wanted to deviate from our standard square headboard and have it rounded; personal preference, not a problem. We then fabricated the tray and sides to suit and sent it off to the painters for a vehicle colour match paint job. The tray, sides and under tray toolboxes returned from the painters looking mint!
The tray was then fitted to the vehicle for testing and wiring of the ADR approved LED tail lights, registration plate light and reverse camera.
The Canopy was then built and sent to the painters for its matching paint job. We then commenced the internal fit out with all the goodies. The Canopy was to have remote central locking with alarm and remote controlled LED lighting, wiring allowing for a dc charger and dual battery setup through an anderson plug and a power and USB socket installed. Plus lockable whale-tail handles, stainless steel gas struts, effective door seals and carpet.
To make it as easy as possible for the customer to remove the canopy from the tray we fabricated it to operate with removable, adjustable legs. This allows for the customer to leave the canopy loaded at home with work gear or leave the canopy setup at a camp site and still have access to his vehicle.
We fabricate our canopy’s to allow for the option to include insulated doors. This not only keeps the canopy inside cooler, it’s a nice finish. We can hide wiring and remote central locking behind it also.
The customer wanted to maximise his storage capabilities so along with the under tray toolboxes we also installed an under tray draw. A massive 200 x 75cm one!
For storage inside the canopy we custom built a multi – draw setup with 2 draws and a work bench on one side and three draws with another slide out bench on the other. The customer also wanted the ability to have reels of wiring stored in a rack leaving the remaining floor space clear for more equipment – so we built one. All the draws were built with heavy duty stainless slide rails, fitted with quality lockable handles and fully carpeted.
To create positive pressure inside the canopy and allow for air flow and cooling the customer wanted our custom vents fitted to the side doors of the canopy. The vents are offset on each side, one front facing catching air and the other rear facing allowing for air to escape creating a vacuum effect. The vents have wire mesh installed externally and a filter internally to catch dirt and dust during off road trips. The vents are strongly encouraged especially if a fridge and dual battery setup is being operated.
The customer was over the moon with the end result. Check it out!
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