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Product: Krylon Silver Leafing Pen
Date: December 2011
Comments: Rear name badge was dull as spit. Came across the leafing pen and the badge looks almost brand spankin' new! A steady hand is needed, but not to the degree a paint brush would require.
Product: Rubbing alcohol
Date: April 2010
Comments: Headlight lenses were so hazy you couldn’t see through them. While they were removed to install the higher wattage bulbs, the lenses were cleaned up.
Product: Meguiar’s fiberglass Oxidation Remover; plastic bristle brush; orbital buffer; Penetrol
Date: May 2013
Comments: The roof on my '90 was deoxidized back in 2010 using various products, but it all returned in short order and got tired of looking at it when the roof was raised. Used Penetrol in the luggage rack awhile back, worked great; however, I had used Meguiar's #49 Oxidation Remover a few months prior. So, this weekend I finally got around to doing the pop-
Product: VHT Epoxy Paint in Satin Black
Date: April 2010
Comments: Spoiler was no longer black, it was a dull gray almost. Instead of using a restoration dye, it was simply painted. Thousands of miles and lots of cleanings later, it still looks good.
Date: June 2010
Comments: Places like Fanchers and GoWesty sell rain flies & sun shades. Fanchers' version doesn't cover the sides. GoWesty's version is a wrap-
Update: Currently under reconstruction. Look for the new version sometime in 2014.
Date: Spring 2010; 2012
Comments: The bra appears to have remained in place when the bumper lights were installed; bra couldn't be readily removed. I removed the lights (rerouting the wires in the process), removed & power-
Comments: I made this myself (albeit a blue one) because a) needed a screen, b) didn't want to add snaps to the interior, c) had screen leftover from making a new skylight screen. I do make these screens for sale upon request; please visit The Store for more details.
Date: August 2010
Comments: A Zodi hot shower kit came with the van. The shower talk over on The Samba persuaded me to add a shower/changing/toilet room! Attaches to the van via hooks, magnets, and snaps.
Product: PVC pipe > Targus camera tripod > Roll-
Comments: Table stand I made out of PVC that mounted to the van drove me nuts: wouldn’t work on uneven ground (duh)... had to come up with a new idea. Camera tripod to the rescue! Now the table can be used outside the van and away from the van. For more details on the tripod stand, click here.
Update (2013): Tripod works great, but my tables are used primarily in the van (i.e. was driving around with an unused table tripod taking up space); therefore, invested in a Roll-
Product: 3M Rubbing Compound, Meguiar's Plastix, 303 Protectant
Date: December 2011
Comments: The door trim was about as gray as the spoiler; finally set about cleaning them up. They look loads better now! Their original Graphite Metallic color has been restored!
Product: Orly Blue Metallic and clear-
Date: March 2012
Comments: For some reason the sliding door jamb was plastered with scratches when the van was bought, many of them deep and rusting. I finally got tired of looking at them, so one warm, Spring day I cleaned up the surface rust and did some painting. The paint is an exact match! While the gouges are still visible upon close inspection, they are at least blue! (I didn't care to strip the whole thing down to metal.)
Product: Degreaser, Bug & Tar Remover, plastic-
Date: March 2012
Comments: Track was filthy: dirt, sand, dog hair, 1 curtain track gizmo, 1 wrench socket(!), 1 penny. Cleaned it up and applied UHMW tape. Cleaned the upper & rear tracks and applied the tape there too. It's loads quieter now; still have one rear roller track to do then the door will be virtually silent!
Update (12/2013): While the tape is still very effective, it has begun to bubble up in spots and rust is forming where the bearing originally wore the paint down to bare metal. Will be peeling off the tape and repainting in the near future.
Date: May 2012
Comments: After Syncro Solstice it was time... couldn't stand not having side windows any longer. The original one-
Date: November 2012
Comments: Original emblem was painted and said paint was starting to wear. The Jetta IV emblem is an almost direct fit with a more modern, rounded look. Click here for further info.
Product: Bus Depot (German mud flap); GoWesty (Manchester propane tank)
Date: June 2013
Comments: Coming back home from Moab via Prescott, the driver’s side mud flap fell off. The flap was already torn; somewhere on 89, the flap tore completely off. While in Moab, the propane tank regulator had issues (kept getting clogged). Back at home, while under the van working on the cooling/heater system, I could smell propane; it wasn’t overwhelming, but concerning. I could have refurbed the old tank, but I had GoBucks to spend and a new tank with modern components was more appealing. Both the flap and tank got their initiation with a muddy trip to Flagstaff.
Product: Continental Vanco 4 All-
Date: February 2014
Comments: When the van was bought back in February 2010, the tires needed replacing ASAP. I prefer buying tires from a national chain because anywhere I travel, I'm covered in the event of a tire issue. Therefore, I looked up what GoWesty sold at the time (Michelin HydroEdge, if I remember right) and found it at Discount Tire. I ordered up a set and soon received a phone call saying that the tires were unavailable. Rather than hanging up and doing more research, I naively allowed the tire guy to order up comparable Pirellis (Cinturato P5). Fast forward to spring 2013 when uneven tire wear was noticed on the front tires. Discount stated that it's from not rotating the tires in a timely manner (admittedly, it had been over 5000 miles), and suggested to have the alignment checked. Alignment was fine, but suspension was shot (van did a lot of nose-
Product: TerraPodz by Terrawagen
Date: January 2014
Comments: Van came with bumper-
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