Ever get an idea in your head and then try to execute it only to find out that you may have bitten off a little more than you could chew? It’s not an uncommon scenario and happens every day to people around the world. As I was surfing the net this weekend I came across this 1984 Toyota SR5 camper conversion. Apparently the owner decided that with a little hard work, some sheet metal, plastic and absolutely no formal training, he could build a go-anywhere camper for pennies on the dollar. By using the SR5 as a base, the old pick-up has been transformed into something that looks as though it would be more at home at Burning Man, then on the public roads.
Where most individuals would have gone with a basic box configuration to maximize space, the builder of this gem decided to throw caution to the wind and go with something a bit more organic. Looking more like a FWD beetle than an actual camper, the old Toyota has been given a bit of the greenhouse treatment. I honestly have to give the guy some credit, as his bulbous living quarters are actually quite large and should be able to accommodate a few adults with no problem. As for the build quality, well that’s something that I would have to question as the entire sheet metal shell looks to be held together with epoxy and pop-rivets.
Sure it’s got FWD, but I think I’d be skeptical about trudging off-road with this thing. No structural supports on the inside means that in the event of a rollover your going to get immediately flattened. Also, since there is no separation between the actual cab and camper portion of the truck, the amount of body cracks must be huge due to enhanced body-flex. In the end I give the builder credit, but this little Toyota looks to be more of a science experiment than an actual road-worthy vehicle.