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45-70

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Hello I was just wondering what would be involved in making a 6th generation 2006-present Dodge Charger wheelchair accessible ? It seems as though anyone who is wheelchair bound to drive anything except a minivan which is VERY UNFORTUNATE for them. Thanks in advance for any and all thoughts, opinions, or answers.
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45-70

That's an excellent question.

There are lots of ways to get driving from a wheel chair.  And SLOWLY those systems are becoming available to the everyday person.

The biggest problem I see is storage of the chair in a smaller vehicle.

That is one thing I don't have an answer to.  But some of the systems I have seen do away with the foot controls.

I realize that is but a small part of this issue, but hopefully it will get you a bit further down the road to where you wan to get to.

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I was watching TV last night and I saw where one of the car companies is going to actually make a wheel chair accessible van.  There will be a ramp that electronically comes out from under the van on the passenger side and the front seat can be removed.

I don't have a lot of details because it was a short piece with a blip about the Dallas car show which will be here March 16 - 20th. 

We will most likely go and if I see an example, I will try and get literature for you.  The animated piece looked interesting.

I guess with all us boomers getting older, these types of transportation will become more popular.

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45-70

That's an excellent question.

There are lots of ways to get driving from a wheel chair.  And SLOWLY those systems are becoming available to the everyday person.

The biggest problem I see is storage of the chair in a smaller vehicle.

That is one thing I don't have an answer to.  But some of the systems I have seen do away with the foot controls.

I realize that is but a small part of this issue, but hopefully it will get you a bit further down the road to where you wan to get to.

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glienesch

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45-70

That's an excellent question.

There are lots of ways to get driving from a wheel chair.  And SLOWLY those systems are becoming available to the everyday person.

The biggest problem I see is storage of the chair in a smaller vehicle.

That is one thing I don't have an answer to.  But some of the systems I have seen do away with the foot controls.

I realize that is but a small part of this issue, but hopefully it will get you a bit further down the road to where you wan to get to.

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glienesch

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I do not know if i can answer this  however i know that when i was growing up  one of my neighbors had been in a motorcycle accident and had broken his neck  , he was a paraplegic.  He wheeled up to his Plymouth belevidere every morning. opened the door, pulled himself into the car.  leaned over  folded up his wheel chair maneuvered it into the back seat and he used his blatnick hand controls to drive this vehicle.
One day  he came down and asked me if i could install a  hand control in  a car he was going to purchase. i agreed,  it was a 1969  l88 motored  big block chevelle.  He bought the car.  We got it home, pulled out the 4 speed and installed an t 400 automatic  reverse pattern  manual.  I installed the hand controls.  It was a simple  install. this was back in the 70s .   I do not know what is out there these days  however this had a geared box  under the column  and a lever that came out to the right side.  push down  was the accelerator and  push in was the brake.  it was simple .  we had to do some mods to get it to bolt to the bracketry that held the  steering column  but i remember   it was about a days job and done.  And  Billy had THE  fastest  baddest chevelle  within 20 miles of  of my house.  
One night  we drove this thing  out to OCIR  and  raced 2 laps and drove it home.  it  ran low 11s with g 6o bias ply tires and  muffled and a paraplegic  piloting this car.  It created so much horsepower, there were no real ignition systems back then.   so we always kept a  couple pair of points in the glove box. Billy could open the hood. lock his wheel chair drag him self onto the fender.  he had 2 water ski handles  fastened   inside the engine compartment  so he could pull himself  up on the fender.
but in the end  he drove 2 cars.  no  modifications to the doors the handles the seats, the steering wheel  just the hand controls.
we must have been pretty innovative back then.  I am sure any car could be adapted to make a hand control system work. I know i could adapt anything to make  it work on any car.  but that's my take on that.
Number 2  my parents had a  friend that had polio.  that was not uncommon back in the 60s . his arms were  unusable  but his hands  had movement.  he was not  wheel chair bound, he could walk normally,  at the time  i remember he worked at  McDonnell Douglas  in long beach Ca.   some of his workers fashioned a plate  to the floor of his car and his truck and his motor home. He put his foot  onto this plate and they had geared it to the steering column, and that is how he drove his 3 vehicles.  that was a sight  a guy driving a car with no hands on the wheel. 
so anything can be done.  even with these new  gee whiz cars
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45-70,

Have you tried contacting Mobility Works?  they may be able to help with choosing the right unit for your application and the best part is the financial assistance. They will try and help get you aid and send your car somewhere to have it installed depending on your circumstances.  Another thing , if you can do this, is get a compact wheelchair that will fit easier into a smaller vehicle.  Otherwise you may have to go to a custom shop and have them fab up something.  I saw an episode of phantom works and the fitted a guys 1971 Chevelle with a ramp/lift setup.  I never saw such a happy guy being able to drive his car but he did have to get a smaller wheelchair.  Another shop, I think, was Kindig customs in salt lake city utah.  I could have swore he did an episode where they did a custom car with a wheelchair ramp.  I hope that helps.  Good Luck.

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Hello I was just wondering what would be involved in making a 6th generation 2006-present Dodge Charger wheelchair accessible ? It seems as though anyone who is wheelchair bound to drive anything except a minivan which is VERY UNFORTUNATE for them. Thanks in advance for any and all thoughts, opinions, or answers.
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