VW Restore ("SEN"-91 Westy) A Vehicle worth saving!
SEN as I've called my '91 WESTY is a solid GL model that I looked long and hard for. He needed some immediate attention after purchase in July of 2009 and a long list of items was devised, some that could wait until money and time allowed. The name SEN comes from the abbreviated letters of the date that I took possession. Sen spent most of his life in Japan from what I can gather so I have chosen the Japanese translation of SEN="Wizard" as the true meaning of the name. There are several meanings to the word SEN so Wizard seems to be the most fitting. I think he has some sort of Wizardly power to have avoided virtually any serious rust since her conception in 1991. Although the Vanagon is the farthest thing from it I think SHINKANSEN (Japanese Bullet train) is a worthy long version of the name SEN...
The original plastic frames for the power window switches were broken. Also by looking at the worn out cardboard door panel cut-outs, a new plastic frame would probably not hold the switches in place so had to come up with an alternative.
I used a rigid plastic sheet as a backer for the nuts and washers. I also dabbed a bit of liquid electrical tape on the nuts to secure in place.
These custom milled Aluminum switch frames were expertly fabricated by machinists Steve Hoffmann and Ryan Bossy of Alberta. They fit great. Thanks guys!
Paint and bodywork to fully restore body: $12,444.00 Under a spray can paint job, there was lots of bondo hiding panel damage and holes in the metal that required welding. This work was done by the very professional Walter at Continental Auto Body in Calgary, AB. Swiss expertise and German paints!
A long time VW fan and now you could say, an addict (of renos and modifications more so than vws themselves). My '91 was showing it's age but was still in remarkable condition when I purchased it in July 2009. Lots of immediate things to work on and some that can wait...