Just a shell of her former self

Last weekend I pulled the camping interior out of Moby.  All went well except for one broken rusty screw that holds the metal trim to the floor in front of the sliding door.  It is soaking in some penetrating oil at the moment and hopefully will come out sans drilling.  Why did I do this? Well, thinking back it all started last summer while creating a list of projects for the winter months when salt generally prevents Moby from roaming the open road.  First on the list was the radio (check/finished) which was followed by installing some accessory lights for the cab (yet to be posted but check). These projects are supposed to be followed by the addition of an accessory 12V plug, aka cigarette lighter socket, for cell-phones, mp3 players etc…; installing the remaining curtain behind the closet; and replacing the front ceiling panel above the cockpit because some goob cut huge holes in it for speakers (really a shame since the rest of the panel is beautiful!).  Do you need to remove the interior for any of this, well, not really, but last fall, I began to think about replacing all the wooden interior panels after noticing their 40 years worth of wear, dents, cracks, water damage etc…   This project does require the removal of all seats and camping equipment.

But if the interior comes out why stop with the panels?  I can fix the peeling linoleum floor, replace the reproduction rubber walk through mat with an original, troubleshoot the non-working dome light, easily replace the bent/broken rear seat hinges, fix the hacked jump seat base, and refurbish the sink/icebox unit to get water running again.  The to-do list kept growing!  So over the last six months or so, I slowly accumulated the necessary parts for some of the projects and recently acquired the rest.  After some research, it is now time to roll up the sleeves and dive in; hold on to your hats!!  Any bets on how much of the list I actually finish before the warming weather compels me to put it all back together and go camping?  Did I mention I am working two jobs this spring too?  Why am I suddenly feeling like I took a bite that is a tad too big….. 🙂

Update:  Panel thread

Cabin ceiling panel with speakers holes.

Cabin ceiling panel with speaker and other oddly placed holes

The metal trim trim piece needs to come out before the floor can be removed.  The little philips head screwsoften rust to the bus frame but luckily I only had one break.

The metal trim trim piece needs to come out before the floor can be removed. The little screws often rust to the bus frame but luckily I only had one break

The screws heads love dirt!  I cleaned them out with a dental pick so the screw driver would fit.

The screws heads love dirt! I cleaned them out with a dental pick so the screw driver would fit

Floor, shelf unit, closet, rear seat/bed removed.  This is my 4th interior pull but if you never dd one before, the instructions in the Bentley manual (see technical link on right) has all the info you need.

Floor, shelf unit, closet, rear seat/bed removed. This is my 4th interior pull but if you’ve never done one before, the instructions in the Bentley manual (see VW literature links on right) has all the info you need

Jump seat and sink/ice box gone.

Jump seat and sink/ice box gone

Not a bad 40 year old panel but lets see what I can do to improve upon it.  I'll save this one just to be safe!

Table removed.  Not a bad 40 year old panel but lets see what I can do to improve upon it. I’ll save this one just to be safe!

Side panel removed

Side panel removed

Rear ceiling panel removed (found a penny hiding above it!).

Rear ceiling panel removed (found a penny hiding above it!)

Side panel above sliding door removed.  This one had warpage from water damage.

Side ceiling panel above sliding door removed. This one is warped from water damage

Driver's side panel gone.  It was covered in a weird glue like substance

Driver’s side ceiling panel gone. It is covered in a weird glue like substance

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  1. Pingback: Prepping the interior | Zero to Sixty . . .Eventually

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