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...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Adding computer fan to City water hookup port. Here are pictures of my construction of the project.

Fan from outside when powered.

Switches for External Ventilation Fan  (upper) and Circulation Fan, inside fridge (lower) with power-on light.

In place of the A/C switches I've placed a volt meter for my main battery and a USB plug, connected to the cigarette lighter plug, with a switch below to de-power it when not needed.

In the process of adding this second voltmeter, USB plug and cigarette lighter socket beside rear closet.  This will be switched as well and connected to the Aux Batter.

3M Paint protection added to front grill area, A-arms, side view mirrors; Nam from StripeTech in Calgary, Alberta did a fantastic job on SEN for me.

New Paint and bodywork details.

Bodywork details; Paint strip, and final product including rocker panel guard.

Paint and bodywork job done in Spring 2011; After dozens of hours of bodywork to fix previous poor damage and megabucks later SEN looks new again. Continental Auto Body of Calgary, Alberta did the work. Walter's Swiss expertise in bodywork and knowledge in Vanagons made him the obvious choice. He only uses German paints and matched the original Orly Blue perfectly. All rusty seams and window ports now look brand new.

As well as paint and bodywork done in Spring 2011, several parts replaced:
-Sliding door bearings and rollers,
-Sliding door panel weather beading,
-Sliding doorEscutcheon,
-Driver & Passenger door window lifter channels,
-Driver & Passenger door handle plastic gaskets,
-Windshield washer nozzles,
-Windshield wiper bolt gaskets,
-Suspension pivot bolt cap,
-Bumpers Rock-Guarded and painted,
-Rear window view lens,
-Hookup foam gaskets,
-City water hookup (door),
-Computer fan for behind City water hookup,
-Rear side marker gaskets and plastic mounting screw nuts,
-Fridge module and ignition lead.