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...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Air conditioning decomission.

I decided to remove my air conditioning from the van;  Since I've owned SEN, the A/C has not worked and I have never regularly needed it.  There is quite a weight savings from removing the various components and best of all, I've gained some much needed storage space above the rear bench seat.  There is a routed groove that remains where the plastic a/c ducting sat against the vertical panel.  I saved the rubber seal that joined the plastic ducting with the wood panel and warmed it up, placed it back in, in reverse order to cover up the routed groove the best I could. Not having door on this storage compartment has proven, so far, not to be an issue.  I also replaced the rear vented (grated) wall that originally protected the condenser.  This serves to separate items like my car jack and jumper cables from more delicate items in the forward section such as clothes or games, etc.

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