Saturday, July 30, 2011

Smart Car Handicap Accessible Bumps

This is what my finished Smart Car with a wheelchair carrier on the rear will look like... but we run into some design bumps in the road...
Hubs installed a trailer hitch on the car but had to modify the bolt so it would fit.  Of course, It is a smaller hitch than a truck would have.
I was taking photos as I watched him work during the heat.   I noticed the dirt but someone will wash it later.
We took the car for a test spin down our driveway.  

We needed to see how the chair and the car  were going to ride together before we tried the highway.  Chair pics later....

We got 500 feet away and decided to turn back.   It may have been because I kept nagging "I cannot risk a $5000 chair falling off this car".

So back to the house we drove with technical difficulties,  he is  revamping it or whatever .

Since hubs has to work a lot (which we are thankful for)....this story continues of him attempting to make a Toy Smart car handicap accessible.

23 comments:

Sandra said...

hope he gets it straight soon, will you be able to drive it? or just for you to ride and take your chair. those little cars are really cute, you can let me know if they are really smart.

Karen said...

Hi Kim,
I think I would be worried about the chair falling off as well! I hope hubs can work out a secure solution.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Hopefully he's the type of guy that loves a good challenge! :-)

Ginny said...

You will be driving it? Well, I hope he gets it fixed up so the chair is very stable!! Looks like quite a bit of work...

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Also hope you find a solution. Keep us posted.

Chatty Crone said...

I hope a good idea just pops up!

Webster said...

I can't wait for pictures of you using the lift. Like, do you put the lift down then ride the chair onto it? Details! I want details. And your car is so cute!! Lucky Woman!!

Also, if you don't mind me asking, how much was the lift and where did you get it? I imagine they are much more expensive if you have them installed, but with a handy Hubs, you might as well do it yourself. (Even (or especially) if you do run into some snags along the way.

Birdie said...

I used to work for a company that did vehicle modifications. The guys that did it would get so cranky because every car and lift or ramp is different. Good luck!

Cathy said...

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Joanne said...

I don't blame you for turning back. I would have been nervous too!
Good luck I hope its fixed soon!
Blessings, Joanne

DUTA said...

Kudos to your husband! I'm sure he'll make the car work just fine for you.

SueAnn said...

Good luck to your hubs! This definitely sounds like a challenge!!
Love your Smart car...the color is terrific!
Hugs
SueAnn

hip-chick said...

Does this mean that your hubs is smarter than the car?

Shanda said...

Hard to fit a heavy chair on a match box car ;) I'm sure your hubby will find a way. How sweet of him to keep persisting.

Connie Arnold said...

It's great that your hubby can do something like that. Hope it gets fixed to be secure and work well for you. That's a cute car!

Alida said...

I hope that he is able to get it working for you soon!

Achelois said...

wow, if only all husbands came with such dedication! Really hope next adaptation works.

Poetic Soul said...

As a wheelchair user myself I can't wait to see the finished product at work

madrassi said...

This is a cool carries for wheelchair. Hope its help u lot in taking your power chair anywhere.

Ed Pilolla said...

this seems like a great idea. when my brother was in engineering school, he did some experimental projects in the garage, including rigging a newspaper machine so only one newspaper at a time could be dispensed. ha! it was fun to watch, for a while:)

Thomas said...

Your car looks cool with that wheelchair carrier on the rear! I hope Hubs made sure that everything is properly installed and that it is stable enough to hold the weight of the chair. Good job for Hubs!

-Thomas Wright

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