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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:17 pm    Post subject: How To Remove Your Late Westy Interior (Pics) FAQ Reply with quote

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Hello all,
This is meant to be a step-by-step tutorial for removing your Late Bay Westy interior.

**Make sure to bag and label things as you remove them**

Hope it helps!

The starting point:

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Step one...empty the cabinets! Duh!

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I start with the sink/stove cabinet. Remove the doors; they just slide up off the hinges.

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Take out the two shelves. Angle them upwards until they have enough clearance. I also take out the p-trap from the pipes; it allows for more shelf clearance. The p-trap unscrews by hand.

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Now remove the "plumbing cover". It just pulls away.

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It should now look something like this. (I have a lot of extra cables running through here)

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Now remove these two bolts (in the lower left of the cabinet), and remove the cover from the sink pump area.

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Pull the water tank drain pipe up into the cabinet.

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Slide your driver's seat forward and remove these two bolts:

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Note that one is longer then the other - label them.

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Time to get a little dirty! Crawl under the bus and find the end of the sink drain pipe. There should be a cap screwed onto the end (I don't have one). Unscrew the pipe retaining ring, and remove the two screws to the left to remove the metal plate.

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Remove the second plate by removing the 3 screws.

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Back inside, remove the metal catch from the spare tire cabinet. This step is really optional, but I like to take it off so I dont break anything.

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Disconnect the water line from the water inlet, and the propane line from the coupling in the floor.

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Back outside, remove the sink vent cover:

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...and the rubber gasket:

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Inside, lean the cabinet forward and disconnect the sink pump ground wire:

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Now, still with the cabinet leaning forward a bit, remove the plumbing. It takes a lot of wiggling around, but it will come out.

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Thats it for this cabinet. Just take it out!

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Next is the side cabinet next to the back seat.

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Lift up your Westy bed and remove this bolt on the right side:

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This is the drain pipe for the icebox (fridge if you have one). Go under the bus and push it up into the icebox/fridge. I tap it gently with a rubber mallet.

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Slide the cabinet forward a bit, and reach into the rear section and make sure the wiring stays behind.

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Now just slide the cabinet forward and remove it!

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Time to take out the rear seat!

Remove the cover from the electric box by removing these screws:

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Disconnect the box by removing the bolts/nuts from the base:

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Now remove the main seat bolts:

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Remove the heat directing plate:

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Remove the ring (probably optional)

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This is what you have left:

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On the left hand side of the seat, you see this near the top. Remove these 2 small nuts:

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This is what is on the back side, in the rear passenger side wheel well:

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Here it is removed:

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Open your rear hatch, take out the pad and remove these two screws:

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Close-up

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Now lift up the seat so it clears the floor vent and remove. Note the electric box (or whatever it is actaully called) is still in the bus.

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Time to take out the 'head-knocker' upper cabinet.
This pic was taken laying down, looking up on the passenger side. Remove these 2 screws. NOTE: have a friend around so this cabinet doesnt fall on you!

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Open the cabinet and remove this nut:
NOTE: There is one more nut to remove just to the rear of this one on the ceiling which needs to be removed, I just forgot to photograph it I guess. Sorry.

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Thats it for that cabinet. Hope it didnt fall on you!

Now the side cabinet (You're almost done!)

Remove these brackets:

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Standing outside the bus, looking in the rear hatch; remove these screws:

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Thats pretty much it. Angle it to the center of the bus and slide it out.

Hey look! You're done!!

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Here are the only tools you need to do the job:

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Sockets: 8mm, 10mm, 13mm, 17mm
Ratchet with various extensions
Screwdrivers: #1,2,3 Phillips, #2 slotted
Open/Box Wrenches: 10mm, 19mm
Rubber Mallet

Thats all you need.

I hope this thread helps anyone who is looking to remove their Westy interior!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's awesome! Thanks for the preemptive assistance.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work, thanks for documenting this job!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This should be a sticky!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome tutorial and awesome looking interior. Why did you take it out?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice work, but I have to ask... why are you doing it? Looked really nice asis.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

79westy wrote:
Awesome tutorial and awesome looking interior. Why did you take it out?


grigley wrote:
nice work, but I have to ask... why are you doing it? Looked really nice asis.


See here:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=282597
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good post, but I Work in a different order. I always remove the bed first,then the frisge cabinet slides right out, then the sink/stove and finally the two in the back. Either way, nice documentation.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much time would this normally take, if you weren't documenting?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jmstu76 wrote:
How much time would this normally take, if you weren't documenting?


If I wasnt documenting the procedure, it would take at most 1 1/2 hours. Of course, I've done it a couple times.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Applause
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Eric now I know what to do when I put in my interior. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good stuff!

Thanks... and I don't even have a late westy. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really appreciate this thread. I have been insulating my bus and it is time to insulate behind the westy interior. I removed my sink and fridge today. It was so easy. Another mystery that turned out to be simple. Again, thanks for the pics.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad I could help!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

can you throw up a pic of the bus with only the sink section removed? if you have one.
i have been thinking of making a bench the same height and width of the cooler that would run right up to the back of the drivers seat because i never use my sink. it would give me lots of storage space too, like a giant toy box!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very helpful Eric!

I will be doing that shortly for the in and out painting.

How about the dash?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MOX wrote:
can you throw up a pic of the bus with only the sink section removed? if you have one.
i have been thinking of making a bench the same height and width of the cooler that would run right up to the back of the drivers seat because i never use my sink. it would give me lots of storage space too, like a giant toy box!


I have this pic from a few years ago, if it helps...

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OHHHH, i like the looks of all that space!!!!!!!!!!! thanks !!
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 12:20 pm    Post subject: Nice, now where do you get the wheel covers? Reply with quote

That's what I just did... just got done sound deadening and painting the inside. Will be helpful for when I go to put things together...

Question: What material (or better, where do you get it) goes under the seats in front, or what covers those wheel wells (on the interior)? My bus didn't come with any thing and I can't seem to find where to get it.
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