You can’t buy a Jeep Wrangler pickup, but if you have a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, $5,499, a paint booth, a welding rig and better than average bodywork skills, you can now build your own from a Mopar kit. Of course your local Jeep dealer would be happy to do the work for you, but I’m guessing that will be expensive.
The $5,499 Mopar JK-8 kit contains all the parts you need to turn your current Wrangler Unlimited into a short-bed pickup. You get a steel bed, new rear fenders and fender walls, sport bar extensions, a fiberglass cab and bulkhead, removable fiberglass roof panels (or “Freedom Panels”, in Jeep-speak) and other required bits and pieces. Even if you farm the paintwork out, you’re still looking at drilling spot welds to remove existing body panels, plus cutting and re-welding the sport bar assembly. It’s not a project I’d be willing to tackle, but your own mileage may vary.
When you’re done, you’ll end up with one of the few short bed Jeep pickups in America, so you’re probably guaranteed to have a rig that you won’t run into on every trail. On the other hand, the kit installed will probably cost a minimum of $8,000, on top of the purchase of a new or used Wrangler Unlimited. Is it worth it? I guess that depends entirely on how badly you want a Wrangler based convertible pickup truck.