Wednesday, June 16, 2010

More VW Seating...

VW Campers are somewhat rare on the rusty Atlantic coast. Even more elusive is the $800 dealer-supplied 5th seat option. It's a single bucket seat mounted on a metal box, with locking storage underneath. A little over two years ago, I saw one for sale on Kijiji and since it matched my interior and was in perfect shape, I snatched it up. The guy wanted $100 for it, and he threw in a new front bumper along with some more bits and pieces. A little later, another one appeared, and I contacted the seller, but did not bother getting it. Fast forward 2 years to this week. Given my dissatisfaction with the blue behemoth, I dug out the old email, and contacted him again, just in case. To my delight, he still had it, and this one was brand new, and never used. So yes, I now have two. I may remove the seat portions and swap them with the aging 300,000km front seats that I have. Here's what I'm talking about:
By removing the armrests from one of them, I can shoe-horn them both into the van. These seats came with no headrest, but I scrounged up the "holes" and a headrest and added one to the first seat. Both slide in and out quite easily, and have a lap belt. The fun never ends :)

1 comment:

toddclick said...

Hello Tom, I have a 1984 Westfalia and have been combing the net for a single middle seat. Luckily, I found one and while it's in good shape it was considerably more expensive than your finds. In addition, a few parts were damaged in shipping and I was hoping you'd have a few pics of your seats from different angles so that I can put this together and take stock of what I need to replace.

I'm a new Westy owner and trying to connect with the community. I appreciate what you post and am looking forward to more. Thanks! -Todd

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