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Ford Truck Entry 2

Getting into my 1986 Ford F150 pickup truck is a challenge. I haven't seen any vehicles with clutches that were adapted for paraplegics, but I could be wrong. My Ford F150 has a clutch, so I couldn't adapt it and cannot drive it. However, I can get into the passenger side of the truck even though it isn't easy. Here are my problems and how I get around them to get into the passenger side of the truck.

Truck seat gets in the way
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I have to put my left leg into the truck before I can pull myself into the truck. Since the truck is so high compared to my wheelchair, my left knee locks out when I put my leg into the truck. I can't keep my left leg bent. The seat then gets in the way of my left leg when I try to pull up and into the cab.

Truck seat is too high
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The truck seat is too high compared to my wheelchair. My leg actually gets caught under the seat when I try to lift myself into the truck.

I put my leg on the seat
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The solution that works for me is that I put my leg up on the truck seat. Even though the truck seat is far above where my foot will eventually end up, putting my foot on the seat keeps my knee from being trapped under the seat when I lift myself up.

An Awkward foot position
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My solution doesn't work for everybody. It is inelegant, and wouldn't work at all for a lady. Furthermore, it's very awkward. It does, however, enable me to get into the truck.

Lifting off my wheelchair
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Once my leg is in position (seen here where my head would be if it weren't ducked forward) I then push on the truck seat and the door arm rest.

My hip goes onto the truck seat
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I press up and shift my hip over to the truck seat. My left leg sort of slides off of the truck seat by itself. My right leg just hangs out of the door.

Almost in the truck
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I'm almost in the truck. All I have to do is pick up my right leg and put it into the truck and make certain my left leg and hips are positioned where they should be.

Safely in the truck
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Once I'm safely inside the truck I can reach down to the wheelchair, take the wheels off, and fold the chair into its smallest form. Normally I ask my wife to put the chair into the back of the truck. If I've been good, she usually does.

Bailing out of the truck
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The truck seat is so far above the wheelchair that I have to almost bail out of the truck seat when I want to get back into the wheelchair. It's sort of a controlled fall. It is easier than getting into the truck though.

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