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After initial fitting and testing of the seat bottom, I decided there were too many holes in the seat base. It felt weak and flimsy and seemed to bow too much when you sat on it. I decided to make another base and only used about half as many holes. I then sealed the wood with 3 coats of primer. I also cut and finished the seat back.
I also sealed the cargo area floor with POR15 before installing the seat/bed frame
The finishing touch was the material to cover the foam with. My seamstress had a number of material samples and we found something that perfectly matched the front seats. She did the final installation and upholstery of the foam and vinyl material.
The foam was glued to the wood platforms and the material was cut, stitched, and stapled over the foam. Instead of using long wood screws and/or lag bolts, I decided to through bolt the platforms to the frame using carriage bolts and nuts.
The rear cushion that sits over the engine is just material over foam, just like the original Westy design
So here is how it looks in the bed position.
To finish things off I added this table complete with a map of the US. I was lucky to find the table at a Pick-N-Pull from an old cab over camper.
The Westy Bed is comfy as both a seat and a bed. So comfy that it rivals my bed at home for a good nights sleep. I have been told that black material is not the best choice for it can be hot on a warm evening. So far it has been very comfortable and I like the fact that the darker material is easier to keep it looking clean.
So far I have 6 nights of camping on the bed and it has been wonderful. All things totaled, I have about $350.00 in costs for materials and it took me about 10 hours in labor.
Let's go Camping!