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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:26 pm    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

I pulled the right rear window to replace the seal and check for rust. I was quite pleased to see that the paint was in perfect condition with no rust what so ever.

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So I tinted the window and reinstalled it with a new seal.

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Unfortunately, my sliding door window was not quite as clean.

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So I will have to clean up that rust and paint under the gasket seal before I can reinstall the side window. I also tinted the rear hatch window. The only thing I learned from my tinting experience is that next time I need to tint something, I am going to pay someone else to do it.

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I am only tinting the three most rearward windows. This gives a little bit of additional privacy in the bed area without making the standard living area in the van too dark. I have a full time back up camera that works great as a rear view mirror. It allows me to see a lot more than I could with the stock Westy rear view mirror. And with the light truck mirrors instead of the floppy mirrors maybe I will finally have rearward visibility out of the back of the van. John
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:17 pm    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

For my slow season, I have been very busy, and I haven't been able to do much work on my van.
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I installed new hookup boxes from GoWesty; although after doing some research, and hearing that people are having problems with them leaking, I'm thinking that I'm going to take them off and seal them better. I still have to make a block-off plate for where the refrigerator vent used to be.
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No VW van is complete without bumper stickers and a dog. Here is my start to my sticker collection. I am unwilling to put stickers on paint so they are just going on the back window.
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I decided that I did't like the look of the wood paneling. So I am laminating old aviation charts over where I had made new door panels and headliner. So far I have only completed the sliding door panel and the ceiling on the headbanger cabinet. John
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:42 am    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

Well isn't that cool ! Sliding door and cabinet bottom !..... You just glued them on or ?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:05 am    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

Yes. I had them lamanated then I used 3m spray adhesive. I like the look. We will see how it holds up long term. The head liners are next. John
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:17 am    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

For my birthday this year, my mother made me a quilt for my van. She captured the VW spirit well.


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This is the front view


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This is the back view

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Then we laid it out in the van

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I don't know if you can see the quilting detail in the red/burgundy section here, but if you can, it is cool.

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Close up of main picture

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Then she made us pillow cases

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Thanks, mom, you are the best.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:57 am    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

Nice work, mom! That's super cool.
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