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LWB EL HR DRW 15 passenger Diesel Wagon

That's what we just got. We are a transportation company moving people and this should be a great upgrade from our 2005 E450 with the 6.0L engine. It was getting around 10 MPG and the route that this will be on sees about 120,000 miles a year so the fuel savings combined with the savings on repairs will be huge. The route is mostly highway so we are hoping for 20 MPG but have budgeted it at 17.

It has to be wheelchair accessible so we will be installing tie-downs and adjusting the seating so that when we are done, there will be nine factory seats and two fold down seats available. I have removed the front three seat bench and moved the middle one up and moved the rear, narrow bench to the center. This makes it MUCH easier for passengers to get down the aisle.

We have to have an inverter and outlets for the passengers so that will be another project. Right now the interior is mostly stripped to accommodate installation of wiring and everything.

I have found where someone posted the upfitters guide and I downloaded that so I have lots of great information, but already I have found some questions to put forth in the technical area.

I am a member of many automotive forums and I always try to give back when I can by posting up helpful information with pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph about each one telling what each one is about. I already have a big folder of pictures so I will share that here as well, HERE. I will update it as I go along.

Best of luck to everyone as they set up their Transits for their own needs. We will learn these together.
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Love the pictures. It is awesome to see what is under the flooring. That picture answers many of my questions. Glad to see actual proof that seats can be moved. Others have said it is possible but without pictures it never happened. How hard is it to take side panels off and then put them back on? Is it something a girl with no upfitting experience can do?
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Thanks Whitedog for all the pictures!

It would appear that all the seat rails are just bolted through the floor, it that correct?

If so, that should make adding stock seats easy in the cargo van.

Also interesting to see how much more width there is in the Transit, especially up high, compared to your old Sprinter.

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Love the pictures. It is awesome to see what is under the flooring. That picture answers many of my questions. Glad to see actual proof that seats can be moved. Others have said it is possible but without pictures it never happened. How hard is it to take side panels off and then put them back on? Is it something a girl with no upfitting experience can do?
The two rearmost seats have grab handles to remove them. The two jump seats on the right are bolted in at the rear and the seats that go over the wheel well are cross bolted. The othe benches remove just like the rearmost ones but they dont have the grab handles, though its just the plastic handle held in with a roll pin. Without the handles, I had to grab a hook with my vicegrips to release each latch, but i also had to lift one then stick a drill bit under it to hold them up while I unlatched the other ones. If you are going to be taking the seats out often, I'm sure you can buy the handles and roll pins.

The lower side panels are just held on by clips but you have to remove the trim pieces to get to all of the clips. Some of the panels don't like to come unclipped very easily, so it helps if you have a trim removal tool. So a girl can do it if she can pull the trim panels.
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Thanks Whitedog for all the pictures!

It would appear that all the seat rails are just bolted through the floor, it that correct?

If so, that should make adding stock seats easy in the cargo van.

Also interesting to see how much more width there is in the Transit, especially up high, compared to your old Sprinter.

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Yes, the seat rails are bolted through the floor. It looks like there are nuts underneath with no threads and the bolts tap through them.
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Cool, thanks Whitedog! I was going to install a pair of captains chairs in back, but now thinking I might just throw in a stock bench initially since it looks pretty straightforward.

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