I added a few things to the interior to bring it closer to what I wanted - a more flexible van with comfortable optional seating for seven but flexibility to still be the EV Weekender.

2nd Row Captains Chairs

I never liked the reverse jump seats too much in the MV/Weekender, as they do not lean back and prevent the front seat from leaning back. Because of its interior space the EV can easily fit seven adults and carry them in comfort for long distances with the right seats. To overcome the jump-seat problem I got a pair of second row seats from a 1997 Toyota Previa (one of my previous favorite vehicles for versatility. They come standard with a rotating base and a lap belt. They were too low to mount on the floor in the EV, however, so I welded up a base for them from some 1" L iron. To make them easy to remove and install I took the original hooked front piece from the EV jump seats and welded it to the new Previa seat base. The front of the seat now hooks into the original floor mounting. In the rear of the seat base I added a plate with the nuts mounted to the bottom of plates, so that one could secure the seat well and remove it quickly - just three bolts. The result is a seat that rotates, reclines, is very comfortable, and gives enough room to still slide the rear seat out into the bed. For the shoulder belts I could not use the Previa shoulder belt as it attaches on the C pillar at a different angle than the VW's. I found that a Honda Odyssey shoulder belt works just right, so I bought a pair of those shoulder/seat belts and mounted them on the C pillar. It is a bit awkward as there are two sets of female-seat belt attachments on the seat, but it works well.





I sawed off the original MV seat bracket that hooks into the floor and welded it to a seat frame I built for the Toyota Previa seats. I welded a bracket and capture nuts to the floor for the rear, so removing the seats just involves unscrewing two bolts and tilting the seat forward. Not very pretty right now - still got to find appropriate covers around the seat frames. But there is a nice amount of storage there too…


The 93 Eurovan is noisy. To try to counter some of the noise at highway speeds I added Fatmat sound deadening insulation throughout the van. That required tearing the van down to the basics, but it has considerably added to the ride comfort. I doubled the layer over all four wheel wells as that seems to be where a lot of the tire noise comes through.



The only downside that I could see with the Previa rotating 2nd row captains chairs was that the stock EV table does not quite have enough room to go up and down. I had to cut a notch in the table to accommodate this.


Dash removal and renovation
I mentioned that I should have taken the dash out to install the potentiometer, as it would have made it a lot easier. I did later take out the dash as the a/c evaporator was leaking and you need to take out the dash to get to it. While it was all apart I also put in a new heater core, put new insulation around the ducts, and new weatherstripping around the flaps to keep air from leaking out. I also fixed up the HVAC controls, which were starting to come apart, and replaced a speaker or two while I was there. All in all lots of good reasons to pull out the dash!



Dash: When I got it all together again I added a few things to the dash. VDO boost, oil pressure and oil temp gauges, a bluetooth equipped stereo so you can use a hands free cell phone, a scan gauge II velcroed from behind for easy removal, and 5 port USB adapter for charging various devices.


Plastic Trim Paint
While installing the seats and after the pop-top was in place I took all the grey plastic trim and repainted it. This both got rid of the sticky feel on some of it and also brought the 50 shades of grey (ha ha) into one uniform shade.

The interior carpet in the rear was rather worn out and stained as well so I found a fellow Eurovaner who was parting out an interior and bought his floor piece. I then ordered a new one piece front carpet from Go Westy, to match the front and rear look.