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Uncle Lon
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:15 pm    Post subject: My '86 Weekender, the "HonoWooWoo!" Reply with quote

Some of you may remember my effort earlier at restoring my '86 Weekender. I call it the HonoWooWoo!, because, of course, the upholstery fabric is, uh, rather Polynesian. Anyway, I caught a raft of abuse about the colors, especially against the yellowish plastic wall panels.

Well, I sold the 'Santa Fe' edition last week and got back to the weekender. I had taken the panels out and we sprayed them with a liquid vinyl paint to better match the color scheme. Then, I got a vinyl insert in the kick panel under the rear seat of the same as the seat backs and sides. Next, I put in a 'bamboo' floor that blended it all together a little more. I'm working on new custom curtains, but here's the little hula darlin' as she wiggles today:

First a 'before' of the rear floor:

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And, finished:

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AND, everyone's favorite parts supplier, Van Cafe, is famous for putting cookies in their shipments and doing art on the outside of the boxes. The last order I made, I wrote in the message box that my Down syndrome son, Kit, likes the Hulk. This is the box my parts came in!! Even the UPS guy was amazed; I mean, who does this kind of thing today? Thanks, Van Cafe, you guys are the HULKING BEST!javascript:emoticon('Very Happy')

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Van looks great and Van-Cafe remains awesome.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Steelhead! Still a ways to go yet. New tent, new stereo, finish the cracked dash repair, high efficiency fridge with solar panel, and a whole body reshoot on the paint. Plus, there's the little 'nice' things that they put on the Wolfsburg Edition that now don't work no more and are so rare, nobody makes replacements. Like the power mirrors, speed control, light dimmer switch...

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back! You were pretty prolific for a while there and then you seemed to vanish after a few unpleasant post directed at you. The Samba needs interesting characters!

Van does look great...not my choice in upholstery, but it works, and does look cool. Go full Tiki! Gas-powered blender for the drinks too! Actually the more I stare at it, the more I like it...

Very cool Van Cafe pic too!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I LOVE the floor! Is it wooden tile or some sort of linoleum type of thing?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I swear we had that same upholstery fabric on a sofa and chair when I was a kid in the 50s. Thought it was great then (I was about 5 years old) still kinda like it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The floor is self-stick vinyl tiles in a bamboo pattern. Easy peasy! And, the color really does magic in making the colors blend, so I got lucky (again).

And thanks for the 'welcome back', my friend. I just had other things to do, but like I said to some other members, it's bad enough to have someone complain about your posts, but it really smarts when you realize they have a point! ('Laughing')

I sold the Santa Fe last week so quickly it scared me and I got a lot of calls on the other two I'm still finishing. I now have guys waiting to see them and I have to actually WORK again! Of course, Jazzydog keeps wanting to just go for a ride...

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahwahnee wrote:
I swear we had that same upholstery fabric on a sofa and chair when I was a kid in the 50s. Thought it was great then (I was about 5 years old) still kinda like it.


Yeah, yeah, I had quite a few comments about the fond memories of throwing up on that fabric. I've got to say, however, when I first put in the rear seat and saw it against the yellowish panels, Jazzydog squealed like she had been shot and tore a new hole in the screen door.

But I think I got a handle on the color situation finally. The bamboo helps, as does the vinyl fabric panels. I think I'll put them in the sides of the jump seat as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate weekender posts! Makes me want a weekender soooo bad! Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

photogdave wrote:
I hate weekender posts! Makes me want a weekender soooo bad! Cool


Hiya, Dave! I planned to keep this weekender for myself. The layout just suits the way I travel. A lift-out, top-loading fridge, a little table with a gas stove top, and I'm in business. I never used to cook in my full camper Westies anyway, and now that I'm, uh, well, old and lazy, I usually just pick up a bucket of chicken and a cold six pack of survival beverage. Pic-nic and a nap - the secret to life on the road!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just so nobody thinks me and Jazzydog have been slacking off all spring. I did get a new toy and have been alternating it as my daily driver along with the Westies I'm still working on. It's a 1981 Mercedes 240D. Won't win any drag races, but it absolutely flies me over the passes on my monthly trips to Seattle and gets 30 mpg at 70 all day long. There's hardly a mark on it, as the owner who bought it new 33 years ago kept it garaged and only the MB dealership touched it. The A/C will freeze you, the cruise control works; even the clock keeps better time than my cheap watch. I swear, I love this little thing better'n a new bird dog puppy or a girlfriend with freckles!

Yeah, I know it's not a Westy, but still, I gotta brag on it a bit, and it is a close cousin.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dig that interior! @ thumbs up for VC to... cool dudes!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TequilaSunSet wrote:
I dig that interior! @ thumbs up for VC to... cool dudes!


Thanks, man! The material is an outdoor furniture fabric, so I hope it will be somewhat more resistant to sun fading and the inevitable spill. It even looks a little better than the photos show.

And the guy at Van Cafe who puts the art on the boxes has some serious brownie points at that great Vanagon garage in the sky. Kit is still smiling about the Hulk drawing! He's 37 and almost blind now, and he's never had the ability to speak, but he knows - somehow he just knows!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is awesome, all of it! ^5
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Signalocity wrote:
That is awesome, all of it! ^5


Thanks! Believe it or not, this is not as wild as my Santa Fe model that I just sold. I posted a lot of photos of it earlier, but here's one when it was almost finished, with the southwest interior that I just loved!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uncle Lon wrote:
Signalocity wrote:
That is awesome, all of it! ^5


Thanks! Believe it or not, this is not as wild as my Santa Fe model that I just sold. I posted a lot of photos of it earlier, but here's one when it was almost finished, with the southwest interior that I just loved!

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I'm not usually a fan of the brown interiors (just my personal preference) but I really LIKE how that looks. Very Happy

And welcome back..... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm not usually a fan of the brown interiors (just my personal preference) but I really LIKE how that looks. Very Happy

And welcome back..... Very Happy


Thanks for the welcome, Dave! This interior had quite a bit of earth tones of green, blue and the brown as well as the dark brown of the exterior. I even finished it off with bright green curtains, which, believe it or not, really looked great.

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Ah those old Mercedes were built like tanks! Superb craftsmanship for their time. Looks like you found a keeper, nice find. I know of a guy who has one (not nearly as nice as yours) but he's got 420K miles on the thing and it's still going. Good to see you back around here, UL!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

61Scout wrote:
Ah those old Mercedes were built like tanks! Superb craftsmanship for their time. Looks like you found a keeper, nice find. I know of a guy who has one (not nearly as nice as yours) but he's got 420K miles on the thing and it's still going. Good to see you back around here, UL!

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Thanks, Kevin! I am really getting close on the last two Westies I am restoring, so maybe I can post some threads about things like rattle can paint jobs and such. Cool Actually, I'm putting in high-efficiency fridges with solar chargers in both of them, new tents, new stereos and a few other little things. Then, each will get a complete reshoot on the paint. I think I'm about to win my fight with the cracked dash, so I'll put up a thread about that pretty soon. (If I survive...)

As for the 240D, it's a darlin'. It has 190K miles on it but purrs like a cat. The old guy who owned it for 33 years just took immaculate care of it and I got a stack of receipts for normal maintenance as well as upgrade things like new glow plugs, suspension replacements and an A/C rebuild. The driver's seat is torn, but I have the material on order, so that will be taken care of shortly. I put some Bilstein performance shocks on it to take out some of the boatiness, but these old gals are heavy and made to be comfy. I keep it waxed up and it does turn heads wherever I take her.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uncle Lon!!!!
You're back!

We missed you and your ramblings..... Yes, we really did.

VanCafe is great! So glad they did that for Kit.

You pulled off the fabric, I had my doubts.

Good job!

Gonna be out your way, Daughter now in Montana, when you go that far (2000) miles, what's another 8 hours!

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