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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:22 pm    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

I promised myself that I was not going to spend the money for light truck mirrors.
I was really hot on the jeep mirrors for a while but I didn't like how much you had to modify the van to install them. Somehow I just was not into the Land Rover mirrors. Installing the light truck mirrors was really easy like only fifteen minutes a side. I spent more time trying to find directions then actually installing them.
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Next back to pulling out windows to check for rust under the seals.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:28 am    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

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I decided to re-key all of my locks so that they match the ignition key. So I watched a couple of youtube videos. What could go wrong? I collected all the door handles. I had 6 of them.

In the past I never cared weather the locks worked or not because I would pop the top and leave the sliding door open and my alarm system would sit in the driver seat and nobody would bother the van. But society has changed, and my replacement alarm system is not as reliable as the old one. It might wonder off.

Thanks for listening, john


Around here, at home, i never lock my van doors. No need for an analogue 4 legged "alarm".... yet.

My '88 actually has one key that opens any of the doors; a unique concept coming from my '81 which has a key for doors and different key for ignition. I always thought a Vanagon required 2 different keys. Wink

Helpful info John. I have at least one older style slider door handle but may have front door handles too. Didn't think they'd be of much future use but maybe they will?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:21 pm    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

Great job! Applause Applause
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:37 pm    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

I decided to re-key all of my locks so that they match the ignition key. So I watched a couple of youtube videos. What could go wrong? I collected all the door handles. I had 6 of them.
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Hey these didn't come apart like the ones on the Gowesty video. if I even looked at them to take the pins out, the pot metal would crumble and fall apart. So I ordered 2 new door handles from Gowesty. I took them apart thinking that I would be able to rekey them to match my ignition key. Nope. The after market key is different than the original VW key. No problem, I'll put my old lock cylinders in my new handles. I have 6 of them so I should be able to salvage at least 2 of them. Nope. The new lock cylinders don't fit in the aftermarket door handles.
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The top of the cylinders is too large which just required a small amount of clearanceing with the Dremel motor tool. I had to grind a small amount of material from the bottom of the lock cylinder stop, and I had to drill the hole on the bottom of the lock cylinder a little bit bigger. Now finally with the tumblers out of 6 lock cylinders, by trial and error, I was able to get all the locks to match
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The sliding door handle and the tail gate lock just came apart easily and were the easy part of the project.

In the past I never cared weather the locks worked or not because I would pop the top and leave the sliding door open and my alarm system would sit in the driver seat and nobody would bother the van. But society has changed, and my replacement alarm system is not as reliable as the old one. It might wonder off.

Thanks for listening, john
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:09 pm    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

I got to test drive my van today. I was pleasantly surprised at how much noise reduction I got from the air intake work. Now I have to fixs the shifter rattle the next most irritating noise to fix. John
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:42 pm    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

Nice air box combo!

btw. Really enjoying using the rear table mod you posted. It has held up well so far.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:34 pm    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

I got tired of all the noise from the k and n air filter. I had a day off when I was on a business trip in South Carolina so I went to a local pull-a-part I got an air filter assembly from a 97 ford escort, one from an early dodge caravan and one from an Oldsmobile cutlass.
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Then I started cutting apart the escort air filter housing and the caravan air filter housing and fiberglass them together to get this
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I dinomatted the air filter housing witch was probably not nessasary but I read someone else thread that said it helped and the Dinomat was leftover from a different
I replaced the hose for the snorkel just because with some stuff from Auto zone.
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I have kept the old k-n air filter as a spare
The hole thing goes in to the left compartment behind the left tail light
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I dont like my mouting bracket. I will have to revisit that after I have driven it to see where the noise level is
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Its good to start picking things of the list again. John
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:08 pm    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

I finished wiring up my rear view camera. I had installed all the wires when I had the interior apart.
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I have it wired so it is always on when the van is running the picture is not as good as having an actual mirror but the field of view is much better. the screen just clips over the old rearview mirror the camera doesn't seem to mind looking through the glass we will see how that works out in the long run. so far I like it and it is easily reversible if I change my mind.summer is my busy session so I have do small projects when I can. The Back up camera is a ply 7200 that came from Amozon for $36. john
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:05 pm    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

I dove the van about 600 miles this weekend to westys at watkins glen. camped of a couple of nights at waltkins glen state park.
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there were about 10 westys at the state park and probably another 20 at the speedway.
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it was great time with my family I'm still doing battle with intake noise and various rattles
from loose baffles in the muffler but other wise the van performed perfectly. John
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:28 pm    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

Just noticed your build thread. I skipped around quite a bit, but just wanted to congratulate you on your progress. Really cool to see the amount of prep and undercarriage work you did!

My back table swings out, too. I decided to sandwich a pillow between the cabinet and the table underside. Works pretty good, but I like the lanyard idea you did.

Too bad about the tape deck. Maybe surf eBay for a replacement?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:34 pm    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

Hi everyone. I drove my van tonight with the new led headlights. I feel the lighting is as good as it is in my Toyota pick up now. Witch is much better than it was. Nobody flashed their lights at me so I dont think I am blinding other drivers. There might be better led headlights out there but I feel theses are a great upgrade for $140. John
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:12 pm    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

Yes I moved the parking light wire so that it now gets its power from the load share relay. Now I can just leave the headlight switch on all of the time. When I start the van the headlights and the parking lights and the taillights come on. When I shut it off they all turn off just like my Toyota truck. It is just too big a safety feature not to have the lights on all the time in this day and age. John
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:04 am    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

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The headlights were as easy to install as just replacing the old sealed beam headlights. They seem much brighter than the old sealed beams. The primary reason for why I updated to LED headlights was to take the load off of the electrical system. Even though my van has Jay Brown headlight relays I wired my headlights to stay on when the van is running. I wanted the reduced load on my electrical system even though my van will not get driven much at night.

I got tired of my rear table swinging out as we went around corners so I made a hooky thing so I can put in a small bungie cord to hold my rear table in place.

It is just a 1/4 inch eye bolt. I removed the existing fastener that held the cabinet in and replaced it with this. I don't think that the table will swing anymore but that is yet to be determined next time it gets driven.


Neat idea on the eye hook bolt. FWIW, I find that a taut bungee between table arm and an eye bolt I installed at a bolt hole in pillar above those cabinets, holds the table from swinging out. My table is modified to sit higher than normal so the bungee angle is not bad but your eye bolt location is obviously much better.

Did you wire your headlights so they act as a type of daylight driving system?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:50 pm    Post subject: Re: 82 WestyRabbit Restoration Reply with quote

I received a big box from Gowesty today. I didn't have very much energy so I picked a couple of small projects. I started by installing the steering wheel skin from Gowesty
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It was a very nice product It was easy and fun to install. Lacing it up sort of reminded me of stitching fabric on to an old airplane

I also installed LED headlights from Gowesty. I ordered the cheap ones that they are closing out. My budget just did not allow for the $360 headlights. I know that I could have gotten LED headlights for less money on Amazon but the Gowesty headlights do not look as out of place in an old van.
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The headlights were as easy to install as just replacing the old sealed beam headlights. They seem much brighter than the old sealed beams. The primary reason for why I updated to LED headlights was to take the load off of the electrical system. Even though my van has Jay Brown headlight relays I wired my headlights to stay on when the van is running. I wanted the reduced load on my electrical system even though my van will not get driven much at night. I won't be able to drive it down the road at night to test the new headlight until this weekend, but I will report once I have done so.

I got tired of my rear table swinging out as we went around corners so I made a hooky thing so I can put in a small bungie cord to hold my rear table in place.
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It is just a 1/4 inch eye bolt. I removed the existing fastener that held the cabinet in and replaced it with this. I don't think that the table will swing anymore but that is yet to be determined next time it gets driven.
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