Cover illustration from X-PANDA-CAB assembly manual
Land Rover X-PANDA-CAB
The invisible camper - sleeper unit
The X-PANDA-CAB was a pop up top conversion kit that
utilized the stock hard top sides and roof to create a pop up top
camper conversion. It was manufactured in Colorado, USA during
the mid 1960's. Kits were available to convert both 109 and
88 Land Rovers. The pop up frame assembly was made from aluminium
and could be installed without drilling any holes in the existing
hard top. The latches are inside so the top can be raised
and lowered without going outside the Land Rover.
At the front is a zip down window that had zip
down mosquito netting. The X-Panda-Cab conversion can best
be thought of as a roof tent that takes up no exterior space when
Sheets of plywood create a upper birth "bedroom"
. When the panels are moved to the side head space is dramatically increased
with the top erected allowing a person to stand erect. See picture below
for alternate way to cut floor panels so that they can be stacked at the front
or rear of the roof section instead of to one side.
When the top is lowered the X-PANDA-CAB conversion becomes invisible
from the outside.
The Land Rover 88 version has 76" by 51" upper
bunk space. People frequently ask why the top opens from
the top and not the back. The answer is ease of entry into
the sleeping area. When the floor panels are in place the
sleeping area is isolated from the vehicle interior so entry is
by climbing up on the bonnet and entering from the front.
Most pictures of X-Panda cab conversions show the conversion
on an 88. Some people think that the 109 kits were
never offered. To the left is a derelict 109 station
wagon with a X-Panda cab conversion installed.
This Canadian 109 has a roof tent that is very similar
to an X-panda cab conversion.
An X-pandacab conversion seen at a 2009 meet in Colorado. Photos by Paul Donohue
X-Pandacab Interior accessories from a sales sheet
This is the optional galley unit made from finished plywood. Countertops
are made from Marlite. The table slides out from the unit. The
cooker has 3 burner and the centre lower storage cabinet was
designed to be large enough for an ice cooler.
NOTE the roof area. In
this conversion the plywood sleeping floor panels are cut so they
can be stacked to one end or the other of the top interior.
- Double sided sales sheet ( pdf file from 8-1/2 X 11 original)
instructions This link takes you to Ike's X-Panda web page. He
and I both have a copy of assembly instructions made from the
same poor quality FAX copy. Ike's are on line and
mine are bogged down in a low priority attempt to clean up
These are links to jpegs of instruction pages I have cleaned
up so far.
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