Interior Panels: Printable Patterns – front door cards, between sink/sliding door, and rear hatch

This panel thread continues to evolve, all because of reader feedback and your help with correcting mistakes, so much so that I have come to think of it as a community thread at this point. It is absolutely fantastic! Our latest addition comes from Tom D, who is creating panel templates using Adobe Illustrator. Tom graciously offered to share his work with us and I am posting the first few files here. Click on the images below to download the .pdf version or click the caption to download the Illustrator file. Tom uses a large vinyl cutter to test the patterns before employing a CNC machine to cut the panels. A large plotter could also print the patterns to be used for DYI cutting of your own panels from birch plywood, so I think there is lots of flexibility with these patterns. I will continue to upload files as they arrive.


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Happy New Year!

Wow, the last year was such a crazy calamity of a year! 365 days ago, I thought the interruption of life by new jobs, new schools, and moving into a new home would be apparitions in the rearview mirror as we motored off to explore our new state. While the pandemic arrived with other plans, I am thankful that this family has, so far – knock on wood – remained healthy as I hope all your families continue to be as well.  I look forward to the day we are able to gather once more with family and friends, but for now the family behind this blog wishes you all the best and happiest of New Years!

An unusual spring

It is incredible to look back on my last post from where we now find ourselves.  Of course, no one could foresee the pandemic and, here in the U.S., racial discord, but this has been one trying year in which to move and start new jobs.  However, we do consider ourselves fortunate in that we and our families remain healthy.  We hope that our readers are the same.

Like almost everywhere, the pandemic disrupted both our professional and personal lives, including the school routines of our children.  Self-isolation started with working long hours for our jobs and schools; the result of both trying to continue as “normal” while going fully online and, because we were now living in our “offices”, the lure of always getting work done.   After spending so much time behind the computer, Continue reading

Happy New Year!

And so another year comes to a close.  Not much bus time this year, hardly any at all in fact.  As we continue to get settled in New Hampshire, I hope this trend reverses!!  So my New Year’s resolution is to work harder in finding the time to continue the story within these posts. So many adventures on which to look forward!  I wish you all the happiest of new years!

Christmas tree bug pillow with lights! Courtesy of mom 🙂

Moby is going to a new home

Wait! What?!?  OK, OK, no need to worry, our dear old friend is not leaving us nor us her.  A new home awaits us all.  A few months ago, both my wife and I agreed to take on new jobs, a decision that requires us to relocate to New Hampshire.  As a Virginian for 15 years, two kids added in that time, the idea of moving is both terrifying and exhilarating.

Martha and I have missed a more relaxing quality of life since we left Montana to start our southern adventures.  While we searched for Montana-like places to exist, jobs and kids kept us stationary and put any readjustments to our environment on hold until retirement, or so we thought.  With two new Continue reading

Interior panels Part 10 (Final) – Panel dimensions and measurements

In the VW online community,  numerous requests for dimensions of the wood interior panels get posted.  Folks are not necessarily trying to replace their worn out, abused, water damaged, or absent panels with the original baltic birch plywood; luan and bamboo are popular choices too.  Whether one goes with original or not, making panels completely from scratch is a tough job.  For my project, I was luckily enough to have a complete, original set in good enough condition to serve as a pattern for replacements, but so many buses out there, it seems, are not so lucky.

I try to help when I can and have drawn and shipped several sets of paper templates made by taping sheets of butcher paper together and tracing Moby’s old panels. This is a task that requires a fair amount of time, taping, drawing, and shipping.  Shipping costs are not too bad, the high was about $15 for tube and shipping across the U.S.  After completing a template set a few months ago, a discussion popped up in a thread about the possibility of scanning templates so they could be emailed or downloaded.  Unfortunately, nobody had suggestions as to a source for a large scanner or how to Continue reading

Belts, pulleys, and generators, Oh my! (Generator woes)

A note before you read:  Moby does not have the original 38 amp bus generator.  At some point during her time with POs, a beetle, 30 amp, generator got installed.  I will make note of the differences within this post, but for now be aware that while the parts I reference here will be different than for a 38A generator, the overall procedures and tests are the same.

On to the post:

Three failed generator belts since 2015.  This first belt, the original installed after Moby arrived at our house, was a FLAPS Duralast brand belt with cogs on the underside and polyester cord added for reinforcement.  About 18 months after swapping out a generator with bad bearings, this belt abruptly failed, throwing pieces about the engine Continue reading