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Thread: Full Size Wheelchair Van Questions

  1. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by Rustyjames View Post
    Noel, from what I know, the at this period in time, the Transit can not be driven from a wheelchair. The reason is that the sheet metal can't be modified in any way because of the high strength steel used in its construction. That includes welding and drilling holes.

    Theres no practical way to modify the van.

    It has nothing to do with the kind of steel.

    While its a pia boron steel can be cut, drilled and modified.

    Jim
    Jim, MA, MMET
    Bridgewater, MA

  2. #32
    In reference to the boron steel, it's not recommended Ford to drill/weld it, not saying it can't be done

  3. #33
    Gresham Driving Aids offer this van with a lower floor up front. I called about it and you have to order it the way you want it. They are in Michigan. They show them on there web site.
    Art

  4. #34
    Quote Originally Posted by Rustyjames View Post
    In reference to the boron steel, it's not recommended Ford to drill/weld it, not saying it can't be done
    Yet thats exactly what you do when repairing one after a accident.

    Jim
    Jim, MA, MMET
    Bridgewater, MA

  5. #35
    My first vehicle was a Chrysler Voyager minivan. I am a fairly tall guy so it was always a bit of a tight squeeze getting through the doorway, certainly had to duck my head slightly. I replaced the vehicle back in 2007 and opted for a Mercedes sprinter. Even if you're 6 foot six, there's plenty of headroom inside the vehicle. As for parking, well, you have to decide what's more important, being able to park anywhere, or having a suitable vehicle that completely suits your needs.


    You are restricted when you have a van that is over 7 foot tall, you can't go into a lot of car parks. However, the pros of having a van like this far outweigh the cons.

  6. #36
    We went with a conversion kit for my mom when we found a deal on a van she could use. I'd say that's a great route to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Automotive Innovations View Post
    Yet thats exactly what you do when repairing one after a accident.

    Jim
    I thought they were disposable, like a Bic lighter!

  8. #38
    Quote Originally Posted by nrf View Post
    I thought they were disposable, like a Bic lighter!

    They are.

    If you drop your bic and the little silver cover falls off we can pop it back on.

    Its not much different from putting a wheelchair van back together after a accident
    Jim, MA, MMET
    Bridgewater, MA

  9. #39
    Sorry, Jim, I have to disagree. Once any vehicle is damaged it can never be brought back to how it came out of the factory. Not saying it can't be repaired to appear that it's never been repaired.

  10. #40
    I owned a auto body shop for about 30 yrs. and sometimes the repair could be better than factory.

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