I only found out recently that there was a salvage yard in Pahrump that was VW-only. Of course I had to go. It’s appointment only, so I called on Monday to visit on Tuesday. Of course it rained the entire trip up to Pahrump. And while I was in Pahrump. I didn’t go with any specific in mind, but knew of a couple things that I was hoping to find. In one of the pictures of the place, they had two convertibles. When I got there, only one of them was left in restorable condition. The other had been mostly scrapped. The front clip was still there, but everything else was gone.
The main thing I was looking for was a pair of front seats. Sports seats. I wasn’t expecting anything in good shape. And there wasn’t. BUT… they did have a pair! The frames were the most important thing. Regardless of the condition, I knew the seats would have to be re-upholstered. I think a general range of cost if I bought everything online would have been over $600 for each seat – frame, cushions, fabric. That’s not including labor. With the seats I found, I think I can save between $300-400 on each seat.
The seats they had were as expected… not in presentable shape. I couldn’t just bolt them in and use them. The bases fabric was pretty ripped up. But for the most part, the cushions looked decent. I supposed if I just put seat covers on them, I could use them. Maybe I’ll try that, but I’ll have to wait a while. Since it was raining, they have to dry out. Thankfully, that’s not a hard thing to accomplish in Vegas. So I bought them, put them in the Golf and headed home. I’m happy.
As an added bonus, I was able to find the bumper plugs that I’ve been searching and searching for. I totally forgot to check for a window crank and I didn’t bother with the taillight housings at this point. but I can always go back and find more.