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Old 04-20-2018, 01:56 PM   #81
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Default Re: Bench seat - making a 3-seater into a 2-seater

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Hi Coguzzi,
You did a great job. Since you are too far away from CA, I need to do it myself. I have one question. Why you need to cut the 3 seats apart and welded the 2 end seats together. Is it possible to just cut the seat close to the sliding door? What restrict you not to do that?

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Andrew,
What part of CA? You might pick up some business on this, Ive been looking for this in orange county and know of at least two others.
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:31 PM   #82
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What is the latest on what city you can have this done in? I am considering buying a seat locally so I only need to pay shipping one way.
We just followed JJOLLS instructions and were successful in modifying our seat. We found it helpful to take measurements from top rib to top rib all along the passenger side so that when cutting it down, you ensure that the end width on that side is the same as how it started out so the cushions would fit back on. We did all the prep work up to the welding and sewing. We took the seat cover to a local upholstery shop who charged $85 for the sewing. We clamped the two seat sections together after it fit properly into the van tracks and took it to a local welding shop. They tack welded it while in the van and then took it out and we came back in an hour later and it was all done at a cost of $60. We were happy we took this project on ourselves.
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Old 04-28-2018, 09:35 PM   #83
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I am officially done serving the Denver Metro area (and all the people who came to me from the west coast), just packed my welder, crating the sewing machine next for the big move. I will be up and running in Quebec City Canada in the near future
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Old 04-29-2018, 11:43 AM   #84
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@coguzzi,
I will be waiting for you.
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Old 05-02-2018, 04:07 PM   #85
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Bummer that Coguzzi moves right when I finally get my van.

Best available option is now new image vans in Salt Lake City.
They offer the bench exchange and $850 plus tax.
I’m passing through there, so it may well be my easiest solution that doesn’t include shipping.

Anybody have a bench from them that they’d care to review?
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Old 05-02-2018, 06:10 PM   #86
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Bummer that Coguzzi moves right when I finally get my van.

Best available option is now new image vans in Salt Lake City.
They offer the bench exchange and $850 plus tax.
I’m passing through there, so it may well be my easiest solution that doesn’t include shipping.

Anybody have a bench from them that they’d care to review?
Keep an eye out on CL daily also while you're waiting to see if you want to go ahead with a chop.

I resigned myself to have to drive to SLC to have my 3 seater chopped and then I found two x 2 person benches in the space of a week on CL in different locations. The first one wanted me to get into a bidding war (which I refused), and ended up selling for $1100. But the one I actually managed to buy last week cost me $400. Admittedly, I had to drive 6 hours to Ashland to get it, but I removed the covers and washed them and did an invisible tape seam as there was a tiny rip and now it looks like new.
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Old 05-14-2018, 02:14 PM   #87
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Wow and to think that you can buy a 2 seater here in Europe almost anywhere for $600-800.
Can someone who has a conversion seat measure the single seat width? I want to compare it to my factory 2 seater.
I'm moving to US and I find the 3 seater horrible and impractical since you loose aisle and its hard to enter back seats.
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