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Tim and Emily are on the road with their custom Westy they call “Chimera.” Taking a page from “Drive Nacho Drive,” the couple built their custom interior with Colorado beetle kill pine wood. Their interior features loads of counter space, a custom sink, and slide a slide out shelf. The pictures tell the story on this one, so click through to see more.


Nov 30, 2020 | Category: Interior, Other People's Hacks


After adding a sunroof modification to his Vanagon, Samba user narendra.vw could no longer use the A/C duct. He decided to modify the A/C vents to create some extra storage space.

I think I would rather have air conditioning in my Vanagon, but this is an interesting hack.


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GoWesty sells a glovebox LED light kit for about $38, but since I already had the LED lights we decided to make our own kit. The first purchase was this micro switch to tell when the glove box is open. It arrived from Amazon in two days and we were ready to roll. Click through to see how we did it.



If you don’t like your Vanagon seats you can always opt for the popular Recaro seats. The problem is, they are expensive. Check out the way The Samba user Dingchowping hacked some Porsche 911 seats into his Vanagon. He says, “The setup is pretty straightforward, using the stock sliders bolted to a pair of steel cross members, which are bolted to the seat rails. There are no permanent cuts or welds so everything is reversible.” Click through for a full pic.



I found a couple of nice hacks by Samba user Keyport Westy today. The dash on this 1986 Westy has been enhanced and is awesome! The wood panel ties in with the steering wheel and the painted surfaces just look fantastic. Wait until you see the matching door panel.


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Vanagon owners love additional gauges, and we all have different ideas about where they should go. We’ve posted a few Vanagon gauge placement ideas before, but here is another one. These gauges are angled, and look pretty good from the driver’s seat, but click through to see how they look from above. You may not like it.



This ashtray mounted volt meter, USB port, and level looks pretty slick. We have seen other ashtray mods, but this one adds a level. Very handy for those who may living in their vans. It’s another ingenious product by uniWerks Design. You can purchase these in brown or black, and any combination of power ports, volt meter, and level. Check out uniWerks Design for more info.


Here is an interesting product I found in Australia. It’s a set of cup holders that hook into the Vanagon ash tray. It’s not hard to figure this one out, so I’m surprised I haven’t seen it before. There are a couple more pictures after the jump.


For those who are looking for a way to mount a stereo that may not fit in the dashboard, this might be an option for you. If you click through to see the second picture, you will see there are air vents in the place where the Vanagon stereo usually resides. Although this mount looks stock, it can be easily fabricated to fit your van. It could also be used to mount a CB radio.


This 1987 VW Westy is listed for sale on The description describes the interior as “one-of-a-kind custom ‘TECA’ interior.” It goes on to say the “hard to find TECA interior is highly sought-after because it gives an extra seat and TONS more closet space.” You can decide for yourself how highly sought-after this interior would be, but the closet space does look good. Click through for more pictures.


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