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Thought I'd start a thread about my journey to driving a truck again!

I was injured back in the 90's and am now a wheelchair user full time. I've been driving from my wheelchair, an accessible full size Ford van since 05. I was happy to be independent again and take road trips with my dog and visit friends, etc. But driving a 2wd van where I live, at times I wasn't able to go everywhere I wanted to.

About 5-6 years ago I noticed there was a company making a fully accessible wheelchair truck. I drove trucks before I was injured, and did a lot of off roading growing up. Being in a chair, I thought I'd be stuck driving a van forever. So seeing an accessible truck got me really excited, and gave me hope maybe some day I could be wheelin' again!

After saving for a while, in 2012 I was able to purchase a black one owner 08 GMC Ex Cab z71 SLE 4wd. It has a leveling kit, and I put some 18" XD Monster wheels with 33" Nitto Trail Graps.
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After years of saving more, 4 weeks ago I finally shipped my truck to AT Conversions http://www.atconversions.com/ in Markle IN, from California for the conversion!

This is how it looked before shipping
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Loaded and ready for the trip!
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Truck made it safely to IN
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1st stage of conversion
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As of today 5/21 my truck is half way done, and currently in the "structural" stage where they install a 3" body lift, and do most of the cutting/welding/fabrication mods.

This is what it'll look similar to when done
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Thanks for reading my build thread! I'll be updating as the work continues...so stay tuned!
 
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Re: 1badZ71's Black 08 GMC Ex Cab z71 4wd All Terrain Conversions Accessible Truck Bu

Awesome man. I'm sure it will feel good to be back in a truck. I used to see a local guy around here that drove a wheelchair accessible 2500 hd
 

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That's awesome and like the above mentioned, I love to see these companies branching out and doing trucks and other specialty applications not just vans. Good stuff can't wait to see more updates haha
 

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That's great that can still enjoy and be able to have the truck of your dreams be able to assist you with companies like where you sent yours. Good work man, keep on truckin'
 

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Very cool man! I didn't expect it to be that much but it's a huge project. The dually on the front page looks good.

Gonna need 35s after that body lift :)
 

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Re: 1badZ71's Black 08 GMC Ex Cab z71 4wd All Terrain Conversions Accessible Truck Bu

DNW 3" BL but you gotta do what you gotta do I guess. I remember a while back there was a shop that did something like this on an old nova or maybe a chevelle. It was part of the wounded warrior project.
 

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Re: 1badZ71's Black 08 GMC Ex Cab z71 4wd All Terrain Conversions Accessible Truck Bu

DNW 3" BL but you gotta do what you gotta do I guess
They actually lower the floor on the drivers side, so raising the body still gives it some clearance:cool:
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Re: 1badZ71's Black 08 GMC Ex Cab z71 4wd All Terrain Conversions Accessible Truck Bu

This is awesome man, i've wondered if there was a company out there that did this for a while.. dnw to be driving around in a van
 

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That's awesome! That's good they made the entire door lambo up. Lambo doors that finally came to good use on a vehicle! Glad to see you're able to step away from the stabbin cabin and into a nice rolling VIP executive office! It's lookin really good man!
 

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That's awesome! That's good they made the entire door lambo up. Lambo doors that finally came to good use on a vehicle! Glad to see you're able to step away from the stabbin cabin and into a nice rolling VIP executive office! It's lookin really good man!
That is a gull wing door not lambo
 

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You're correct, but you get my point.
 

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Best build on here, cant wait to see it completed
 

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Re: 1badZ71's Black 08 GMC Ex Cab z71 4wd All Terrain Conversions Accessible Truck Bu

Getting close! About 10 days from completion:party28:
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wow thats some serious conversion, looks great.
 

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[MENTION=63]Rob4x4[/MENTION] new truck time or nah lol.

OP truck looks good man. Wild they make the whole side lift up. Could they make a lift long enough for you to be able to lift the truck and still be accessible or it just is what it is?
 

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Ya I know right [MENTION=31378]duke[/MENTION]

Looks good man, this conversion is pretty slick as well. Cant wait to see the finished product.
 

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Re: 1badZ71's Black 08 GMC Ex Cab z71 4wd All Terrain Conversions Accessible Truck Bu

[MENTION=63]Rob4x4[/MENTION] new truck time or nah lol.

OP truck looks good man. Wild they make the whole side lift up. Could they make a lift long enough for you to be able to lift the truck and still be accessible or it just is what it is?
I believe you can actually have up to a 8" lift!
Here's a pic of a lifted truck with a passenger side conversion


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