Rear bumper off, just for a look

It’s been a few weeks, there’s been plenty of thought & planning in relation to the layout and the van’s booked in in early June for a pop-roof & windows 🙂

So in the meantime I’ve decided to fit a towbar, reversing sensors and also a reversing camera.

I’ve decided on the Westfalia Detachable towbar and having read-up on it there’s mention of some VW extras that are needed (To guarantee an optimal fit of the bumper it is necessary to mount – 1 x plastic rail 7HO 807 723 – 8 x gasket 357 853 586 B – 8 x clip 7HO 867 299 01C).

In relation to the plastic rail apparently some vehicles have this already but you need to remove the bumper to see if you’re lucky.

It’s not too difficult to remove…

Start by taking the rear lights off, removing 2 bolts and then carefully slide the unit sideways away from the vehicle.
My truck is a tailgate version so it has the plastic in-fill pieces between the lights and the bumper. These lift off after you remove the 2 bolts and carefully unclip the bottom.
Next you need to remove the two bolts in each wheel arch and then move the cover slightly to get to the single bolt which is hiding behind it.
Finally there’s the bolts on the top & bottom of the actual bumper, once these are off then the bumper itself can be easily slid off/back.  Once it was off this is what I can see, trouble is I not sure if this is the “plastic rail 7HO 807 723” item or not?
Also, as an aside I saw this sticker inside my bumper, not sure what the relevance of this is?

Time to get the boarding & the bulkhead out

A reasonably successful weekend.  The before…

Time to start…
Taken the panelling out to see if there’s anything scary underneath (their wasn’t) and also unbolted the bulkhead.

A couple of photos for reference before I disconnect the wiring under the passenger seat.

Passenger seat out (secured by 8 nuts).
I disconnected the above electrical connectors and then reconnected them to themselves (they’re only mounted in to the seat frame but seemingly have nothing to do with the seat itself).

Time to remove the lower bulkhead brackets, which are spot welded (the upper brackets are bolted on).  Made good use of a Spot Weld Cutter Set :-).  One thing to be aware of, before you get too creative with a chisel & hammer (which can be useful if you’re careful), disconnect the battery or you might trigger the seatbelt tensioners (explosive charges!), apparently this has happened to a few people… both scary and expensive!!

I used the spot weld cutter and also a power saw to remove the bottom bracket.

I’m not too worried about removing all of the weld since this will be covered by the floor (I removed more than shown in this photo).

Before removing the drivers seat it’s important to put the van in gear and chock the wheels since you’ll need to disturb the handbrake.  I took this photo in case I needed to disconnect the handbrake cable (so I had a record of the number of threads that the bolt was from the end), however in the end I just unbolted the handbrake bracket from the seat and left as-is for now, allowing me to remove the seat.

Drivers seat out now… time to remove the RHS bulkhead brackets.