If you are converting a Ford Transit, you are probably wondering what to do with those foam blobs, right? We procrastinated for MONTHS about that, but finally did something about it! Read on!

 

 

TIME SPENT ON THE JOB

8h approximately (excluding months of procrastination)

 

 

TOTAL COST

Like 40$

 

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MATERIAL

  • Good Looking Fabric (that matches your good looking van)
  • 3M 90 Spray Adhesive (Buy from Amazon)

 

RESSOURCES

 

 

DISCLOSURE

The Ford SVE Bulletin (Listed in Resources just above) advises AGAINST the modification of the foam blobs, since the modification could damage or prevent the airbags from deploying properly. We don’t recommend modifying them! Yes, that includes covering them with fabric. If you decide to do so, do it at your own risks!

 

 

HERE WE GO!

First things first, we used vise-grip and raw power to remove the plastic pins (they were not damaged in the process and we were able to reuse them). Others have wrapped a metal wire around the pin’s head, then pull them out (as seen on FordTransitUSAforum.com)

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The foam blobs are covered with fabric; we used 3M 90 adhesive to hold the fabric in place. If you go that route, test it before: too much adhesive and you will stain the fabric. With the blob funky shapes, it is a lot of work to get a nice coverage without wrinkles… It does not have an OEM look, but it’s fine with us!

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The area shown above was filled with Thinsulate leftovers to make a nicer transition.

 

Who’s NOT satisfied with the result? Isabelle is not satisfied with the result!

 

 

To keep to option of removing the foam blobs, we fabricated a foam plug for each plastic pin. We can remove that plug to access the plastic pin and remove the foam blob.

 

To make a nice transition between the ceiling and the overhead storage, we fabricated a “L” shape in plywood that we covered with fabric.

In addition to the “L” brackets, the two wood pieces are glued together

 

Ready to install!

 

The “L” is secured with 4 Plusnut:

No need to drill the metal!

 

…And now it’s time to promote (again) our Plusnut article!

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Size guide, How-To, etc: faroutride.com/plusnut/

 

Voilà!

 

 

 

ON SECOND THOUGHT

We decided that covering the foam blobs with fabric is safe. Will we die? Probably.

 

 

 

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ABOUT US

Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine, a couple dreaming of being on the move and we’re seeking for the ride of our life. We bought a Ford Transit van, we’re converting it to a campervan and we are now selling our house to make our dream a reality. We are sharing this in hope of inspiring and helping others to follow their dreams too!

 

 

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