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Old 11-25-2005, 03:07 PM
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[B]I bought a 1968 Chevy Pickup truck and i want to lower the floor so I can drive from my wheelchair, (I have a spinal cord injury from an accident 30 years ago.) A friend of mine was going to help me and unfortunately, my friend passed away this summer from a heart attack. I was wondering how I can get this project done now. I'm looking for either help on the how to part or a place near Chicago that can do the work for me. I need to lower the floor approximately 8 inches on both the drivers and passengers sides. I'll also need to put suicide doors on so I can get in with my wheelchair.

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Old 11-25-2005, 05:36 PM
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8" is all it will take to get a shallow enough slope to drive the wheelchair up into the cab? Sounds like an air bag suspension is a good starting point -- slam it to the ground for entry and exit, pump it up for driving. What happens to the ramp?

What will you use to hold the wheelchair in the driving position? I suppose the chair's frame is rigid enough. A quadraplegic friend of mine never had the option of driving himself, so I've only seen the custom vans with lifts, up close.

Bet there are some engineers (self-taught and formally educated) on here who can come up with something. If you don't burn their eyes out with the bold

The suicide doors are interesting. Sliding doors adapted from a van might be possible, too. Those would keep the handle in reach while the chair is still locked down to the floor, even when fully open.

Do you have the controls (accelerator, brake) all worked out already?
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I can appreciate where you are coming from. It kind of sucks being in an angular world when you need a slope. Anyways, I have seen a couple of guys at my local track at some of the bigger events in a situation similar to yours. Unfortunately, these were full race and had their own seat bolted in for NHRA safety purposes. All the machines I saw had hand controls on or near the column. I think something like a boat throttle would work. I think brakes were done in much the same way. Retaining the brake pedal, attach a rod to it and have it come up the column. Have a lever with a pivot point at the column and attach the rod to the lever. Pushing on the lever ought to make enough leverage to opereate the brake. I'm sure that this has been figured out before but I just had the idea and had to work it out. I bet there's a better way to do that.
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Old 11-28-2005, 12:00 AM
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Paul, Contact the social service agency in your area about your need. I can't say how things are done in your area but here in Texas, are some companies that customize vehicles for handicapped people for little or no charge.

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I've seen supercab / extended cab P/Us with the rear door that lifts up like a Lamborghini. I watched a T5 SCI Guy get in a non adapted ford 4x4 reg cab p/u. he had a grab handle mounted on the inside above the center of the p/u door, he put one hand up there and one hand on the steering wheel and pulled him self in the p/u, he then broke his chair down and put in the cab and drove off.


I will find more info 4 ya. you drive from your chair or transfer in to vehicle seat ? you in a power chair or a manual chair ? wheelchair accessible pickups





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It sounds to me like he's asking how to drop the floor boards so that he will be able to get his chair close enough to the dash to drive. Almost like chaneling the body.

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Pual,
here are my ideas for you

obviously you need to stay in your power chair and have the go and stop peddles figures out?

68 Chevy PU is it the type with the gas tank in the cab?

im guessing you have a zero turn chair also

the floor drop is this necessary so you fit with out your head poking through the sun roof? my suggestion here would be to make a custom floor that lowered itself to the ground so when you open the door it acts like a elevator to the ground floor then this will eliminate the need for a ramp
hydraulics or a worm gear lift hell even air pistons would work here.


as far as the doors we have lots of options it should be double or custom hinged to open 90* or more even close to 160*

it could be made to open any way you like slide like a van
up like a Lamborghini or suicidal like you suggested and it could be made ro open automatically too

damn I wish you were closer I already have a picture in my warped brain box

let me know how you make out with this

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Hey there,

After driving fullsize vans for 35 years, my uncle (also a spinal-cord injury), just got a Braun Entervan. Check this website, and just google "adaptive equipment" and "handicapped accessible vehicles"
http://www.braunmobility.com/products/consveh/index.asp
search the internet. There IS someone out there who has done, or is doing something like this. If you can't find them, there ARE people who can help you out. I'll post more later.

here's another one, these guys make the best hand controls. Check out their race cars!!!
http://www.mobilityproductsdesign.com/index.asp

my email, saabstorey@hotmail.com send me a message if can help you with anything

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HERES SOME IDEAS, a floor can be droped/lowered too.



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well there goes all my ideas for inventions ..like owning a hardware store and home depot moves in up the block

well at least my momma named me right!!


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