New Front Seats!

6 10 2013

Well, not really new, second hand from Ebay. And not in brilliant condition either, but importantly with head rests, which Taiga Lily’s original seats do not have. Both seats are from late bay buses (1974-79). The brown one is for the passenger side and hooks into eyes at the panel separating the driver’s cabin and back section. It should fit directly. I already have the corresponding driver’s seat, same brown and with head rest. I also bought replacements for the inner horse hair paddings, two new ones for the two seat sections (bus-ok.de) and an old one in good condition for one of the back rests (Ebay). Once built in, this brown pair of seats would be original VW and from the right period, but not in black as the “leatherette” vinyl that Taiga Lily was delivered with. But for the sake of finally having head rests, they will do.
The green driver’s seat from a Westfalia camper comes with green-yellow-orange plaid similar to the material I am using for the mattress cushions in the back. I got the material as reproduction from Bus-ok.de. Below is a snapshot showing how it fits to the original pattern. Not really sure yet what I will do with this seat, but it may be a template and starting point for a restoration of two seats with this repro plaid. So all more the beginning of a new project, to be started after the next winter break.

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6 06 2014
New Head Rest, part II | Campervan Crazy

[…] the driver’s seat of our old bus from my parent’s attic. Together with the passenger seat I got last year on Ebay, I thought I had everything in place for a quick swap of both front seats, from head rest-less to […]

31 12 2015
Head Rests, Part III: Finally Sorted! | Campervan Crazy

[…] Ebay for seats with head rests, but black ones are rarely on offer. Last year I changed tactics and bought a brown passenger seat with a head rest which, together with an old brown driver’s seat from the Old Lady, formed a […]

10 04 2016
sharon

do you know were I will get the black bits from that go on the top of the seats then you put the head rest into these

10 04 2016
campervancrazy

Unfortunately I don’t. But you could email kombi parts suppliers such as bus-ok.de in Germany or just Kampers in the UK. Bus-ok.de seems to also buy and sell second hand seats, so he might also have these black plastic bits as used parts, even if not yet in their catalog.

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