So, It Snowed on Saturday...
But luckily we were working inside the shop instead of the usual outdoors of our parking garage. We took it easy this weekend and didn't tackle anything too large.
We got the hole welded behind the driver seat (sorry, no picture because I was worried about ruining my camera's sensor - although I was really tempted to capture those sparks in action!). We like having a car where we can't see the road through flooring!
Demystifying the Swivel Seat
Bingo! It took us a few weeks, but we finally now understand why some owners have trouble with the swivel seat installation and some owners don't. There are definitely different plate-sized swivel-adapters out there. Ours is a larger size (front-to-back) than others we have seen and we assume it's from a newer model or something. We examined a true '84 Westy and their swivel plate was definitely shorter. I hope this helps anyone else who was scratching their heads like we were!
Due to the dimensions, we had to drill two additional holes ourself to match the 6 total needed to mount the adapter. In addition, there is a significant modification needed on the lid to the battery. It has to be cut shorter in order to be usable. We also had the guys help us saw this off to keep the battery accessible.
Chicago Van Life
We took a mid-morning break and headed to Menards. As we parked, we were delighted to see a sandy-colored Syncro pull up right behind us! We were ecstatic! There aren't many other vanagon owners in these parts...
The van's name was "Olaf" and the owner was a nice guy named Fritz. It's the third van we've met in Chicago and thus far it's been really fun to "talk shop" about the vans every time we meet one. There's so much vanagon love and enthusiasm - makes me smile :)