Mike and I only had time to work on the van on Sunday this past weekend. It was a rainy day, so we mostly stayed inside the car. The to-do list today was: 1.) install the swivel seat we received in the mail, and 2.) continue the headliner remodel (womp, waaa - this stuff is taking so much effort to fully remove!).
Swivel Seat Defeat.
Below is a shot of the swivel seat we purchased off of a fellow vanagon owner on the the Samba. We've been excited to make the seat turn backwards and expand our living space.
We slid the seat off and compared the swivel plate to the seat base. After sizing it up, a few obstacles became apparent. We will need to drill additional holes into the original seat base to match our swivel bolts. And the "bigger" issue is that the plate is so big, it would cover over the battery hatch. So, in order to add it to the passenger seat we'd have to do some drilling and also hack the door to the battery in half.
We stared at the base and thought about it long and hard. Then it hit us. It turns out that you can actually turn the seat around without the swivel; you just slide it off, then slide it back on in reverse. So, maaaybe we didn't really need the swivel for the seat? We might put it under the driver seat because it's battery-free and is a harder seat to remove with the steering column in front of it. Otherwise, this puppy might be headed right back to the Samba classifieds!
This is the Headliner that Never Ends...
(yes it goes on and on my friends!)
When we talk about the headliner removal, I unintentionally let out an exhaustive sigh. UGHHHH...
So, we're continuing the struggle to fully remove the residual headliner glue/crud from the ceiling. Thus far we've tried 3M Adhesive Remover, GooGone, wire brushes and sand paper. The very last thin layer of brown glued-on fuzz has been impossible to remove. The VOG Facebook community suggested we use sanding heads on a power drill. However, we don't own a battery-charged drill or have access to a power outlet near where we work on the car.
Our arms are sore and our hands are raw from all of the scraping on the ceiling. One tip from us if you're going to try this out - put the acetone in a spray bottle so you can spray it onto the ceiling easily. It's been a lot of hard work, but it's really paid off!