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!e
TIME SPENT ON THE JOB
8h approximately (excluding months of procrastination)
- Good Looking Fabric (that matches your good looking van)
- 3M 90 Spray Adhesive (Buy from Amazon)
- SVE Q-240: Guidance for Installing Aftermarket Transit Van Partitions / Bulkheads (search for “Q-240” to find the correct bulletin)
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)
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!
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.
The “L” is secured with 4 Cross Nut:
…And now it’s time to promote (again) our Cross Nut article!
ON SECOND THOUGHT
We decided that covering the foam blobs with fabric is safe. Will we die? Probably.