Driving to the parts store for some bulbs yesterday, spider crawled across the dashboard…
Today I tackled the jalousie windows.
Took off the old windows.
DON’T WANT TO DEAL WITH THAT SHIT
Turns out that I’m “the PO,” except I care about wiring things properly and strain relief. Can’t be arsed about a hole in the window frame. Don’t shoot me.
I don’t really have pics of the process, because it was SO EASY, but you use a razor blade to pull the old window seal out, pop the windows, clean up the frame, drill a bunch of holes (I had 14 each window, five across top/bottom, two front/back) in the frame REALLY CLOSE to the edge of the metal, and push the new windows in.
I used stainless screws and stainless washers/lock washers, because FUCK YOU
Remember those old, moldy interior panels? Here’s some pics from earlier:
I got some replacements. Super easy to install, and cut pretty closely.
The sliding door panel is so much nicer. And these are all easily removeable with the philips/molly screw combination going on.
AAAAHHHHHH FUCK YOU MOLDY SHIT
Seriously easy fitting. I did have a smooth hole bit from HF that I used on every hole to help center, but I don’t blame the panel maker as much as you think. Very good stuff and pattern.
I also used an accidentally-ordered second set of window winders/cranks for the beetle and put them on. You have to trim their length as the bus ones are a lot shallower and the beetle ones have the splined area recessed, but an angle grinder takes care of that. A plastic trim ring hides the shame.
After I did all of this, I checked the mail, and something special came in today while I was working :3:
Fancy NOS-style box…
Scrawled-on part number…
One of those “wow, this is cheap” auctions that turned quickly into “this is more expensive than I care to admit” auctions.
I bought the panels from a great ebay seller, werksberg, at http://stores.ebay.com/werksberg/ . He (she?) makes the panels and I’m amazed at the fit.