If ac is window unit it must tilt down to work properly......before tearing things apart raise front end up .....
Thank you for the idea. I will try it. However, as far as I remember from a year ago, I think I tried AC (it was working) when it was already installed in its frame.If ac is window unit it must tilt down to work properly......before tearing things apart raise front end up .....
Anatoliy,Your project is amazing and very inspirational! Thank you for so detailed description. I have read all pages, but I didn't find how do you deploy the second bed for 2 people (goal #2 from your list). Did I miss something? Thanks again. Anatoliy
How did you navigate the muffler under the driver's side?Second Row Seats
We wanted to have a second row permanent seating with belts for two people, so I bought the Ford Transit two-seater from craigslist for $200. I planned to mount the seats on a raised platform so that they are on the same level as front seats. This design with rotating front seats would allow to have a nice dinette for four.
These seats are good, but have two issues for my purpose: they are quite narrow and one leg is in the middle, which makes it impossible to have a large space under the seat for batteries. The solution was to build a special platform and modify the seat mounting.
The platform pieces were cut from steel angles and screwed together and to the vans floor. Then assembled platform was removed from floor and welded. Despite it was welded in fully assembled state, some thermal deformation happened, which posed some problems when screwing it back to original floor holes. The frame is attached by 16 stainless steel bolts: 10 to the floor with large washers, 4 long to the frame across the van and 2 to the vertical wall in front. The rear compartment is for batteries and electrical, the front - for storage box. The dimensions are 45"x31"x6" and are determined by needed seat position and seat mounting system.
Each of the seat legs was originally attached to the seat by 3 large bolts. Legs were removed, put on the rails that come with the seat and screwed to the sides of the platform. Then I drilled the original bolt holes to larger diameter and put through them three steel 9/16" rods (one side was threaded and screwed to the leg while another was hold on place by a pin).
After that the whole legs assembly was taken off the platform, one leg removed and the seat, where I drilled wholes to 9/16", was slid on the rods and the second leg put back in place. Now the seat with legs can be easily clicked into the original rails.
This construction resolved all issues I had originally with the seat:1) I got a large tall usable volume under the seat; 2) the seat could be moved on the rods left and right: when at left provided more room for passage, when at right - more room for seating as there was about 6 more inches between the seat and the left wall; 3) the OEM rails provided an easy way to release the rear hold and rotate the seat forward to allow the space for working under the seat, which was absolutely necessary for future electrical compartment installation.
There were only two or three (out of 16) attaching points for the seat platform above the muffler and I used the rivnuts. Those points are in the very front, so the potential load there is minimal, besides, in the front, the base is also screwed to the vertical wall threshold, that separates the cabin from the van.How did you navigate the muffler under the driver's side?