stop… camper interior change of plans

Interior design

OK, some of you might remember this picture? We were pretty pleased at the time that we had got the front kick panels custom-fitted up with some mid-range speakers with separate tweeters. Not only that, we also got the ply panels covered as well! Progress was made. It was almost like we were on the road to having a bit of a plush interior!

speakers and covered kick panels fitted in place
speakers and covered kick panels fitted in place

Doubt and delay

Unfortunately, not much has progressed since those halcyon days of summer 🙁 apart from I had this nagging doubt in the back of my mind, that this might not be the ‘look’ of the interior that we really wanted! It just didn’t quite feel ‘us’ if that makes any sense? I hadn’t progressed any further with sorting out the rest of the stereo install for the camper either. In part, this was due to the fact that what I thought would be a compact 10″ subwoofer, turned out to be just a bit too big to tuck away under the rear seat. This dilemma, coupled with my desire for a stealth subwoofer install, lead me to the inevitable… to leave the job half-finished!

‘I like it. What is it?’ – traditional letterpress poster by Anthony Burrill
‘I like it. What is it?’ – traditional letterpress poster by Anthony Burrill

New inspiration

However, this is 2017, a new year! A new opportunity to shake things up a little, an opportunity for change! I happened to be casually looking at one of my favourite art posters ‘I like it. What is it?’  a traditional letterpress print by graphic designer/typographer Anthony Burrill and it inspired me with a bit of an idea for the bus interior. Ideas can sometimes come from anywhere, at any time!

I wanted to make the interior something that was a bit more funky, and a bit more ‘us’. I have always enjoyed messing around with typography myself, so it was only a matter of time before this somehow got merged into my thinking and love of vintage VW’s. The first incarnation of this being my society6 typography print image. Now it was time to use this inspiration to get a bit more creative with the interior! More to be revealed later after some experimentation to see if the idea is actually possible…

vintage distressed illustration and typographic montage
vintage distressed illustration and typographic montage

Sound deadening

In terms of the subwoofer, looks like I will need to learn how to make a custom speaker enclosure if I want to somehow fit it under the rear full width rock and roll seat/bed. Some pics from when I was cleaning up and getting the sound deadening installed, show some of the issues and obstructions that would need working around…

the rear bulkhead area has a few objects to work around
the rear bulkhead area has a few objects to workaround

Stealth subwoofer

The rear heater tube and wheel arches will make any regular subwoofer enclosure a bit tricky to fit in, looks like a custom-sized/shaped enclosure is the way to go. Best get the tape measure out and see what kind of space there actually is to work with…

the LHS wheel arch area is probably the best area for a subwoofer enclosure
the LHS wheel arch area is probably the best area for a subwoofer enclosure

I think that the rear left hand side will be the space to try to fit any custom enclosure for a 10″ subwoofer. Looks like its time to get back to some basic CAD to get the design sorted, that’s Cardboard Aided Design! 🙂

out an about on a winters eve… the Triso Super 10 plus insulation makes a big difference!
out an about on a winter’s eve… the Triso Super 10 plus insulation makes a big difference!

Design motivation

Glad I have the motivation of Ninove and Hessisch Vintage VW show to help focus my attention, as I now have a bit of a challenge on my hands to try to sort out!

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