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June 26, 2013

My Vintage Volkswagen Westfalia – Progress Report #5

By Andrea

We’ve been working like crazy on our Westfalia, and although Darren has done an awesome job in the engine compartment getting it to run smoothly, that’s something that’s hard to share in a blog post! However, I’ve finally got some progress I can share!


This is the jumpseat which was behind the driver’s seat in the bus. Although the base was original, previous owners had built this strange, uncomfortable seat out of orange Formica on the base.


Here’s another shot better showing where in the bus the seat was.

So, we pulled the seat out, and took off all of the strange Formica parts, leaving us with the original base again.


Time to start building something more comfortable. We cut two pieces of plywood which I used spray adhesive to attach 4″ foam to.


I also upholstered these with the same material I used for the other seats in the back. We also cut two other pieces of plywood for the seat, which I painted red.


Here’s the seat with the new plywood attached:


And here’s the finished seat!


The actual seat cushion is held in place by Velcro, so that the inside of the seat can be used for storage. Of course, this is only a seat to be used when the Westfalia is not in motion!

Stay tuned for more progress updates!

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8 Responses to My Vintage Volkswagen Westfalia – Progress Report #5

  1. RetroRuth Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Cute!!! Looks loads better than that orange seat!

    • Andrea Reply

      June 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks, Ruth! 🙂

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Whoo-Hooo….looks FAB….and I am sure loads more comfortable than sitting on Formica!

    • Andrea Reply

      June 26, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks, Sara! Yes, it is definitely infinitely more comfortable than the Formica seat!

  3. Honora Reply

    June 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    This was our “New” VW van when we were kids. We had a hammock that hung over the front seat for our little sister to sleep. I love that you are restoring your van! These are the best traveling vehicles. Good times.

    • Andrea Reply

      June 27, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Yep, we’ve got the hammock that hangs over the front seat as well! I can’t wait to go camping in it!

  4. MadgesHatbox.com Reply

    June 29, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Keep up posted on the progress. Can’t wait to see the finished van!

    • Andrea Reply

      July 3, 2013 at 1:34 am

      I’ll have a new post this Wednesday, madgeshatbox.com!

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