I can\'t help but remember the tiny details when I analyze these photos closely. Even the smallest dings, dents, and scratches have their own stories. If you have a camera, by all means take as many photos as you want of your ride. There can never be too many.
This is a shot of the rear, and as you can see it really was beaten up. In the place of the rear window is a piece of plexiglass. If my memory serves, the original glass window was broken by a falling rock on a trip down Kennon Road during a torrential downpour sometime during the \'80s. As the plexiglass aged, it became impossible to see out of the back. This then led to many dents while backing up on our driveway.
Notice here that the bumper is not original. The funny thing is that back then it was almost impossible to find the right bumper! Dad did his best, though. Also missing is the fake wood garnish. It probably fell off during one of the reversing mishaps. I still have the piece, but it is in very bad shape.
When I was told that there was a brand-new, old-stock, original, fake wood garnish in an auto supply down south, I had to go there right away. I had second thoughts because of the price, but when I see it now I am so glad that I pushed through with the purchase.
Combined with the fresh taillights the garnish makes the rear pop. I am also glad that I found a bumper (though it needed major repair) and the original glass for the hatch. Now, I no longer have to use The Force when backing up!
However, because of all of the hits that the rear took in the past (including being rammed by a delivery truck while parked), it was a bit of a challenge getting everything aligned. The hatch still needs more tweaking, but that will have to wait.
Open the hatch and you get a view of the ceiling. It is no longer original, but it looks fine to me. The ceiling is actually patterned after what you find in old Volkswagens. I do not mind at all.
This is where the chilling happens. The mattress has always been a part of the wagon. When I was a kid I used to ride back there. Without that mattress, the flooring would have been seriously beaten up when loading the rear with bags of cement. Good idea, dad! I also installed my own \'mods\' in the form of a small basket on one side. That\'s where I can leave my phone and wallet while chilling at the rear. It also fits soda cans. The pillows were donated by a bag maker named Yadu. On the right, I left the panel open for a place to store my tools. During the bodywork we fabricated a small floor there. More photos to come!