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Old 03-09-2010, 11:08 PM   #11
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Re: mini bus info needed



I did some cutting + trimming and got the vertical end cap in the pic moved over to the passenger side about 6". Its a trim cover that covers over the fiberglass body portion that holds the side window to the wall of the bus door.



The base of the seat is smaller that the seat itself-there was room to mount it going right to the edge. The arm rest (just) clears-and with the right order of tilting + sliding the seat, you can get it to rotate. I slide it forward+ tilt it forward when camping-or have it spun around. Slightly in the way of the door-but not too bad. I've since changed seats-and it also fit-the sizes seem to be pretty standard.
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Old 03-11-2010, 11:23 PM   #12
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check craigslist and local part/salvage yards, you should be able to get one for next to nothing.
10-4 on that. I got the blue set in the pic at a swap meet for $35 -including the bases. ( The were factory Ford real nice stuff) Only problem was gonna be rigging up a shoulder harness. I found a pair of Grey (read that matching the interior ) poofy captians chair on CL-the guy had 4 for $200-I bought 2 + talked him down to $65 for a pair-and they had built in shoulder harnesses. They mount to the seat base + swivel with the seat. This meant I had to do some re-enforcement to how things mount to the floor. If anything bad every happened, the passenger AND seat could go flying.

Last time I was in a junkyard a couple of years ago,they had a few dead conversion vans-that had the captians chairs still in them.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:46 PM   #13
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I am going to do this aswell. got a donor van but the seats are all tore. thinking im gonna have to make a trip to a scrap yard to.
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:48 PM   #14
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Zen;

I got lucky today. Read my other posts from tonight. It just takes patience, lots of phone calls, and eventually something will pop up. It seems if I'm not in a hurry all the things I need seem to fall into place. But if I needed it yesterday, I'm toast! I have contacts all over the US, but Houston has quite a number of good salvage yards. In addition, there are so many people (locals & from other countries) that have NO IDEA how to drive. That provides a buffet for us scavengers.......
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:03 AM   #15
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sdwarf36, how did you attach the base of the chair to the floor? did you just drill straight down (assuming there was no lines etc) and bolt to underside of floor or did you make a panel to bolt to etc etc?
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:21 PM   #16
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The area was blind-I couldn't just bolt it thru the floor (which was the initial plan )
The floor wasn't even or flat where I needed to go-so there is some 1" sq tubing welded down+ some flat plate-some gussets (the seat belt attached to the seat-so if anything goes wrong I had to make sure the passenger AND seat dont go thru the windshield.) So its a bunch of metal welded to the floorpan + any ribbing i could catch. Its over done + ugly-but well hidden by the carpet.
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hmm darn.. i was just planning on putting some good bolts and backing plates under the bus for them to attach to..
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