Panel van to Kombi

Discussion in 'Interiors, Seating, Lining' started by Elliott, 15 Oct 2016.

  1. Elliott

    Elliott Member

    so it starts for those of you like me, couldn't stretch the money to buy a kombi but have to kids, so I've brought some seats of evilbay and gone about converting mine to a kombi.

    Dead easy!! 2-3hours max

    Little tip for you all, most disabled, taxi converters will sell you all the bits needed for less than you can buy of eBay, I paid £180 for 12 mounts and seat belts. This is where all those eBay people are. Using a lot from and then selling for nearly double!! Cut out the middle man, google them and give then a call, what have you got to lose!!
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  2. Elliott

    Elliott Member

    First remove the floor and you'll find a row of 6 indents, this is for the T6 1+1+1 kombi seats.

    First mark the middles and vertically and horizontally

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  3. Elliott

    Elliott Member

    Once you have the centres, mark 55mm either way of the vertical line, you see that the centres of the mounts are 110mm, pilot drill, then 10mm drill hole to accommodate the mounts. Spray the holes with some spray to protect the metal work!!

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  4. Elliott

    Elliott Member

    Pop the mounts in. If you have a standard rubber floor you'll see that on the underside will be the same 12 marks to cut out to allow the mount through the floor

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  5. Elliott

    Elliott Member

    More to come of the under side!!
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  6. shylock

    shylock Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    Nice one Elliott , good thread :thumbsup:
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  7. mhill

    mhill Senior Member VCDS User VIP Member T6 Guru

    Interesting read. What do you think you've saved doing it this way?

    I've gone form panel van to kombi to save money, company car tax & lots of VAT.
  8. Elliott

    Elliott Member

    You can still fit rear seats, it's all about kerb weight,

    Money wise
    Seats £800
    Seat belts and mounts £180
    2 side opening windows £280(next post on how to install, again dead easy)!

    Saved loads!!!!!!
  9. Elliott

    Elliott Member

    Paid a little more for moonrock seats

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  10. superflyguy

    superflyguy Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

    Good on you @Elliott im going down the same route, but lack the balls to start drilling into my new van !! also trying to source genuine Kombi seats/belts etc in the same fabric.
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  11. mhill

    mhill Senior Member VCDS User VIP Member T6 Guru

    All about payload on the V5 with HMRC.
  12. Elliott

    Elliott Member

    Not payload, curb weight
  13. Pauly

    Pauly Senior Member VCDS User Admin Moderator

    I thought 1000kg payload was most important
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  14. mhill

    mhill Senior Member VCDS User VIP Member T6 Guru

    I'm with @Pauly on this one. HMRC say a commercial vehicle has a payload of 1 metric ton for the purposes of VAT reclaim.
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  15. StudleyGlass

    StudleyGlass 150 DSG Kombi/Caravelle Highline VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

    True....the magic ton payload is the key for a combi anyway ( T32 ) , as it has rear seats. Panel vans no rear seats no problems with vat at any weight T28/T30
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  16. Elliott

    Elliott Member

    It's not about the magic 1 tonne payload, because it has seats you must deduct the hard top weight if then the overal weight is less than a tonne it is not classed as commercial so it's a car.

    Hmrc class payload as gross vehicle weight less unoccupied kerb weight.
  17. Elliott

    Elliott Member

    It is still about the 1 tonne pay load you just need to be sure how it's calculated in the beginning,

    Everyone is right it's just how it's calculated
  18. shylock

    shylock Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    Anyway Elliott, you got those pics of underneath fitment. I do like those seats :thumbsup:
  19. Elliott

    Elliott Member

    Good point, anyway. Right photos I'll get them loaded
  20. Elliott

    Elliott Member

    Update on photos coming, just waiting for my Diesel heater fuel pick up and i'll finish of the instalment , but just to add, got some more parts from TPS to finish it of

    7h0 810 583 seat belt reinforcement plates for c pillar £3.18
    7ho 803 547A seat brackets washer things £2.23 each
    7h0 803 548A same as above but for the other side of chassis £2.23each
    7h0 802 763A large seat bracket washer things but they join seats togather £4.35each and you need 8

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