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Old 06-17-2015, 12:20 PM   #1
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Default Can I make entry easier?

I have an opportunity to purchase a nice looking A pickup but the narrow space between the front of the door opening and the front of the seat makes getting in and out very difficult. Are there things that I could do to make the entry easier? How about, for example, replacing the original seat with something that is narrower



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Old 06-17-2015, 12:23 PM   #2
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If you can stand to lose about a 100 pounds...I'd start there.
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:25 PM   #4
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Don't use the running board for your first step in. Instead, take a long step all the way to the accelerator pedal. Then pull yourself in. But don't yank on the steering wheel.
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:27 PM   #5
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Jeez Keith, You must know me. Surprised you didn't mention that it would help if I was able to loose about 50 years also. Bill
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:46 PM   #6
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nice lookin truck...
maybe u can make it easier by trading it to me for my tudor show piece
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:59 PM   #7
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"Know you"
Hell, I'm probably your mirror image.
That goes for the age thingy too.
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:03 PM   #8
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My Friend had a "Fat Mans Steering Wheel" and that worked well for him (he was not heavy, but not very flexible) , it actually will pivot away which gave him needed room to get in. Not sure if anyone still makes them? maybe someone here knows if they are still made. My Friend passed away two years ago heck he was 93 and had a full wonderful life ! but we still miss him
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:05 PM   #9
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Do as they do with the T's-enter from the passenger side

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Old 06-17-2015, 01:08 PM   #10
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Butter your Hips!
They do make a seat that is thinner to give a little more room.
I have a '28 Roadster Pickup, it takes some effort to slide into the cab. I keep my left foot on the ground and put my right foot next to shift lever. Then brace off of the Windshield Stantion Not the Steering Wheel and slide onto the seat. The Running Board will bruise your left leg if your not careful.
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:35 PM   #11
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Still laughing over the subject line... Time to take out stock in K-Y
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:41 PM   #12
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My 28 Phaeton is also tight to enter. As Keith said, I also need to loose some weight. I lost 5 pounds since winter and already feel more mobile.
But I still can slide under the car and slide out and jump to my feet like I could a few years ago. Old age isn't for wimps.

I think I'd look for thin bucket seats for the pickup to make it easier to enter and more comfortable on trips. They can be made to install without cutting anything original to the truck. You could even make your own and mount the driver's seat on a swivel plate.
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:42 PM   #13
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I always enter from the passenger side. Wayne
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:45 PM   #14
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It's usually my left foot that I have trouble getting between the seat and door frame.
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:50 PM   #15
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It's usually my left foot that I have trouble getting between the seat and door frame.
Same with me. I lift my left foot high, so it goes over the seat, then down to the floor, then I shut the door. If I didn't do that I'd have to turn my foot sideways to make it slide past the seat, and that just isn't comfortable to do.
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:55 PM   #16
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My friend has a '29 ccpu and is always complaining about how hard it is to enter, and he's pretty thin. He says the '29 open cab is even worse.

I, however, have a '31 ccpu and have no entry problems at all. What matters most is how much the door opening is restricted by the placement of the spare tire. Much different between '29 and '31.
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Old 06-17-2015, 02:00 PM   #17
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I'm new too and have had a hard time getting in. One of the things that worries me is when I'm working on the engine and need to get in and out with the engine running. I haven't yet hit the shifter but have gotten close.
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Old 06-17-2015, 02:21 PM   #18
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I'm new too and have had a hard time getting in. One of the things that worries me is when I'm working on the engine and need to get in and out with the engine running. I haven't yet hit the shifter but have gotten close.
If you're worried about hitting the shifter, put it in "courting gear" and it will be out of the way. Lift up and turn counterclockwise.
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You think getting in the truck is difficult. Drive 150 miles and try to get out!! A little profanity will help. Getting Old is Fun and Painful.
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In my 29 RPU I find that rotating my body about 90 degrees is better than a full frontal entry. Works well for me and I am overweight.
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