Car & Bike
74' VW Type-2 LateBay BUS
140. Front floor mat renewal
I think the original front floor mat was probably made by Westfalia to the specifications of this camper, and the orange color for the right steering cars is must be very rare. However, is it aged deterioration, the edging is tattered, and the lining is rubber? resin? I was harden and the surroundings were warped, and there were some discolorations and darkening, so I was thinking that wanted to renew it someday.
I've been looking for it for a long time, but I couldn't find the orange mat because there weren't many mats for the right steering wheel in the first place. A few years later, I finally found a shop in the Netherlands that specializes in replicating Westfalia buses that sell orange floor mats. I received a reply that they can make a mat for the right steering BUS, so I ordered it together with two other parts. I ordered in January, and the package arrived in May. It took an unthinkable amount of time in Japan. haha!!
When I opened it, it did not contain the other two parts I ordered, and for the mat, the way to make holes for the side brakes, steering column, pedal arms, etc. is seems to all like freehand. So, the place that should be a straight line was crooked, and the hole position was also misaligned, which was a shame.So I asked the shop that the other two parts are not included, and the basic shape and edging of the carpet are good, but the inner cut line was in a disappointing state, so I want to get an uncut version and cut it myself. And three months later, along with the other two parts, I received an orange uncut floor mat for the right steering BUS.
This time as well, the central part had been cutted freehand as before, so I adjusted the shape to be symmetrical. And the other parts were carefully positioned and cut, so they matched perfectly. At that time, I was changing from a genuine steering wheel to a steering wheel with power assist, so I was lucky to do this redoing work.
Finally, the rubber grip sheet is transplanted from the original mat to complete! The shades match, and that looks great!!