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74 Westy... again
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it was the scissor part of the hinge that caught mine. the elastic pulls it in when you lower the top. super simple design, but something VW obviously addressed in the later westies.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This project seemed appropriate with the weather getting colder.
I tore into the factory BN4 heater. After cleaning out the accumulation of soot, rust, mud daubers, and possibly some asbestos... I set to work cleaning things up for reassembly.

Good thing I had a few spares for parts, the safety switch wouldnít shut off, and the gear that drives the points which in turn pulse the fuel pump was stripped. (Future 3D printing job for overhauling these with new printed gears I think?) The control relay was sketchy too, and worked intermittently when tapped on its side.

After cleaning up the rust, painting it, reassembly and addressing some connector issues, I did a crude bench test, checking fuel pump rate, time before glowplug shut off, output temperature, cool down time, safety switch operation. The factory manual helped demystify any questions I had about these, and they really are quite safe. As safe as the condition of your fuel line I would say.

With our last Ď74 Westfalia I ditched the factory heater, but this time figured it may come in useful for camping in slightly cooler conditions. Yes I know there are Chinesium diesel Espar knockoffs on Amazon etc, but wanted to keep this install a bit cleaner and original. Some pics from along the way.



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More pics


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Marking line to make sure things line up after
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nicely done! I've never felt the need to go so far into a gas heater. Good to see how it goes down.
Just like one of those car shows, done in 60 minutes! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new front seat covers arrived this week. Custom made by J Luis Alvarez, using the original VW plaid material. Nobody locally could even touch his prices & craftsmanship. Looking forward to overhauling these seats.

A wise person once told me, ďAlways spend a bit more on things that keep you off the ground, whether shoes, mattress, tires, etcĒ

Good advice, plus they cost the same as the cheapo aftermarket seat covers every other VW parts vendor sells.

Now I need to decide on using new cocoa fibre pads or foam. I am leaning towards the cocoa fibres, as Iíve used foam in the past and didnít care for the overstuffed puffy look, and they seemed pretty hot in the summer. Would be interested in hearing from anyone with practical experience using either...



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New vs 45+ year old funk
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Should reupholster all the seats in the house with this 🙂
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Contact info for the vendor. Excellent to deal with.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn! Those are nice covers.
The black is a slick touch.
I agree on the fibre pads, i think it will have that classic look and feel.
True to the o.g. build.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beautiful!

I used the foam on my OG seat recover. was really stuffed - so watch your headroom.

ended up selling them because of headroom issue and went another route.

Your bus is looking awesome!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally got the camper top and new canvas back on. This was just not fun at all to install. The staples for the top tack strips were cake, getting the hinges and hardware back on, no problems.

But dicking around with those 40 or so little screws through the aluminum strips in the bottom canvas was a pain. I had to make a few V relief cuts in the corners to get things to fit right, careful not to cut into the canvas itself. I was ready for a case or two of beer after the last corner. My back, shoulders and hands are still sore a couple days later.

Iím thankful I wasnít doing this in the heat of summer. Also having the upper bunk removed made things easier, canít imagine trying to do that with the bunk in there?

The canvas is the one made for Bus Depot. Iím happy with the quality and fit of it, time will tell how it holds up. This didnít have any canvas when I bought it, so itís an automatic improvement.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas.



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgot a couple shots from the canvas install while the top was still off. I wouldnít want to do this while the top was still attached. Fighting gravity like that doesnít sound like much fun.


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