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« on: December 12, 2011, 12:17:51 pm »

Awesome, looks like a round trip flight is about the same as gas for my rather efficient little car, so it might end up being the right option.
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2011, 01:49:49 pm »

And I am still set to link up with you that Monday or Tuesday for your gear.  My trip begins Wednesday after work, up to Mr. Spank's place, then early Thursday Morning, with the intent of arriving early Friday Morning, right at D-Day Park, pending any sudden coolant hose failures! *knock on wood!*
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2011, 10:47:22 am »

Yep Coop, I haven't booked the flight just yet, but this is looking like the solution.  I may even get my gear into your hands sooner.
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2011, 01:53:27 pm »

Coop, does your work van have mounts for another seat?  SNP could probably buy a damn nice seat for the cost of a plane ticket I would think. 

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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2011, 02:23:02 pm »

I would not even begin to know where to look.  It's a GMC Savanna Van, 2010, comes with two seats.

If I could swap out the captains chairs for a bench, I would.

If something like this is possible, I'd be more than happy to do it!

I only have the side window on the 60/40 door.  I know it's required by law that each row of seating needs to have windows on both sides in the event of an emergency, so a bench seat would be the most legal option.

Sounds like it's some research time.  To the googles!
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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2011, 05:11:25 pm »

Ah, the window thing didn't occur to me.

Better bust out the saperka, you've got some work to do.  Wink







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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2011, 06:41:49 am »

Okay, did some asking around to natives of New Jersey that have been on this Earth longer than I.

The windows are not so much a factor as the seat belts.  There must be a seat belt for every passenger in the vehicle.  The windows, while handy in an emergency, are more of a comfort feature than anything else.

With continued research, I have determined that a Chevy Express 1500 or GMC Savana 1500 (pretty much the same vehicle, I own the GMC version) can accept bench seating with the installation of rails.  GMC/Chevy Passenger Vans have removable bench seats.  The Rails are bolted to the frame of the vehicle, and the release of two levers/pins allows the seat to slide off the rail and be removed in the event additional cargo room is necessary.

Even further research has lead me to find a message board where someone asked the same question I asked, with a similar model of van.  All it entails is the installation of rails, bench seat, and seat belt mechanisms.

Further further research lead me to this: http://www.discountvantruck.com/specfactoryvanbenchseats/chevyexpressvanbenchseats-08.htm for an '08-'10 OEM Bench Seat, with built in center seat belt, and it includes the rail package.

May certainly be something worth looking in to, as it would certainly save Snap the plane ride, and I think it would make our trip even safer, as we'd have a 3rd person to talk to, or we can rotate out 2 awake, 1 sleeping.  I also don't believe the 2rd row of seats would impact our cargo capacity too badly.  3 Gas Mask crates, 3 veshmeshoks, 3 Cots, 3 Rifle Cases, a Cooler between the driver/passenger seat, and if I have my way, an upgraded stereo with aux inputs for my blackberry, CB Radio, and a Ham radio (preferably something that can do both) as it's about time I flexed that Technician class license I picked up 2 years ago.

The ManVan MkII appears to be shaping up nicely!
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2011, 06:58:16 am »

I like it. 

I suggest the following. 

Go to a u-pick type salvage yard and look at some conversion vans.  See what they’ve got for seating in them since in most all cases, conversion vans are converted from exactly the same type of van that you’re working with now.   You might find something clever that get’s the job done for a LOT less money.  Before you go, see this thread here: http://www.operationeastwind.com/forum/index.php?topic=868.0 there’s other stuff in there you might be interested in as well.  Also, look at the various bench options that may be around as well, heck you might find EXACTLY what you are looking for there. 

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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2011, 12:01:43 pm »

Coop feel free to let me know if you need a hand with any of this work, saving me a solo flight cross country would be much appreciated.  I'm free most days now and know of a handful of junkyards, one at least was a U pull it not too long ago.
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2011, 01:25:44 pm »

We shall definitely have to get together one weekend after the holidays!
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« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2011, 02:29:40 am »

Definitely the most poorly written wikipedia article I've ever read.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conversion_van

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"...these van's have recovered somewhat..."
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« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2011, 07:21:05 am »

Hah!

Minus the Audio package I'd like to upgrade to, this will be a sleeper project.  From the outside, I want it to continue looking like a normal cargo/work van, plus an extra antenna or two.  From the inside, the extra bench seat, AM/FM/CD/AUX radio and CB/HAM Radio should make the ride that much more enjoyable.
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