June 1, 2016 at 7:13 pm #132781Cool Car adaptations n Mods
thought I would share the adaptations I have in current car before I move on to my next conversion which will be a Drive from Wheelchair (hopefully) please add your own conversions and customizations made to yer wheelz
Ok, so in my beloved Ford Grand Cmax which will be going back after 5 wonderful years of fun driving time, in October.
I have :-
– Push pull hand controls (funded by motability)
– a Steering ball,
– electric Handbrake button in replace of regular handbrake and a boot hoist.
– A ford fit extra was the upgrade on package for electric rise(heated) ford seat which helped me get up and out for most of my five year contract.
-Ford electric tailgate as Im kinda short.
– a hoist for the scooter. (four way, little effort movement, just light hold of scooter to reduce swing as it moves)
What do you all have and pros/cons? Feel free to ask about the above
the only slight fault I have with conversion is the electric handbrake. I would rather have had the Ford factory fit. the Adaptation does the job (mostly) but the Ford factory fit is nicer look and works better.
"""""""What doesn't kill you makes you stronger""""""CatModeratorPosts: 1,002Joined: 20/09/2010June 1, 2016 at 7:29 pm #132782Reply To: Cool Car adaptations n Mods
This is a very timely thread for me. I’m due to change cars next year after 5 years with my WAV. I have a Fiat Multipla with passenger upfront conversion. It took me a long time to find a vehicle that met my requirements. Many had no headroom inside and I’d have hit my head or on some cases decapitated myself had I gone for due to my chair being quite high off the ground.
So specifications include:
– fold out ramp at rear
– specially lowered so it’s not a steep incline.
– 4 point restraints system
– handbrake by driver’s door to give more space
– 2 fold down seats so an take 2 extra passengers in back.
This has been a great first WAV for me but my biggest issue with it is the rough ride I get. I feel every bump and don’t get me started on pot holes. It wasn’t such an issue when I got the car but now I think I’m feeling the strain on my body more, particularly neck.
A learning experience is one of those things that say, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.” - Douglas AdamsJanuary 14, 2019 at 2:51 pm #173457Reply To: Cool Car adaptations n Mods
We have the upfront Fiat Multipla too, bought for travelling with my son. He now has his own Motability vehicle, but we bought the Multipla ourselves, and we are now struggling to sell it. Do you have any advice?
JeremyjeremywParticipantPosts: 0Joined: 14/01/2019January 14, 2019 at 9:58 pm #173617Reply To: Cool Car adaptations n Mods
As such, the forum doesn’t usually allow buying and selling although I can understand why you’ve come to us as it’s a very specialist item. One reason is that we have no private way of exchanging details. MDUK cannot take any responsibility for the advert.
You may be better posting on places like gumtree. Are you on Facebook? I know of some groups that are for the buying and selling of disability aids and equipment.
Good luck in finding a new home for the car.
A learning experience is one of those things that say, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.” - Douglas AdamsAugust 5, 2019 at 4:50 pm #180101Reply To: Cool Car adaptations n Mods
Hi. Our son has the up-front Multipla also but it’s old and we are having to look at replacing it. He likes the up-front position and also a smallish car such as the Multipla, which his staff team are comfortable driving. Seeing you replaced yours, can you give us any pointers or ideas re what to look at??
If so, thanks.
RichardRichard SParticipantPosts: 0Joined: 05/08/2019August 7, 2019 at 12:09 am #180135Reply To: Cool Car adaptations n Mods
Couple of options on family size cars small vans. Don’t think they make multipla now or our other mods car a Kia Sedona I think it is. It’s upfront with one rear passenger seat.
I have a vw caddy which I drive from my wheel chair. Converted by company called Sirus. I have one fixed passenger seat and one tilt turn in rear.
Sirus have a very nice Ford upfront passanger conversion on webpage. This model lets you keep boot for storage and fixed rear bench seat as it’s a side entry ramp.
Sirus have some used Kia. Vw and fords on pages online.
Only negative I have of my vw caddy is the hump floor. You’ve a little hill and twist to navigate. Tricky doing it backwards and might be issue if your sons carer/pa drives his chair with attendant switch.
"""""""What doesn't kill you makes you stronger""""""CatModeratorPosts: 1,002Joined: 20/09/2010August 7, 2019 at 9:56 am #180150Reply To: Cool Car adaptations n Mods
I have a Kia Sedona which was bought second-hand from a conversion company. They haven’t done any conversions for a long time but there are some still around to buy, sadly Motability won’t helo due the age of the car.
It is upfront passenger with a fixed passenger seat behind the driver and another fold up seat for another passenger at the back. It is quite big – my PAs have nicknamed it it the beast!! The selling points for me were the upfront wheelchair position and the better suspension which was becoming an issue with my previous car.
A learning experience is one of those things that say, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.” - Douglas Adams
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