Good friend Stephan came across a Westy owner who made a very interesting hinged cover for the luggage rack. You all know that area is a source of wind noise and some owners have put in a flat plate to reduce the turbulence caused by the front edge of the rack. This mod is a bit different and although I’d love to meet the owner and have him argue the reason for the trailing edge design, the entire structure looks very well made.
Got a couple more pics. Yes there are latches on the front.
#1 by Chris august on August 24, 2016 - 6:44 pm
The question will always be can I get one , no matter the mod .
Who made it , is it functional , are secondary . Some will love it others ,mmmm not so much .
#2 by albell on August 24, 2016 - 7:03 pm
Yup, exactly 🙂
#3 by edbee on August 24, 2016 - 9:16 pm
Hi Alistair, if you had a wind tunnel you could sort out that trailing edge issue pretty quickly…
#4 by albell on August 24, 2016 - 10:31 pm
You’re closer than you think. Stephen and I made and sold two water tunnels, water version of wind tunnels.
They certainly could have been used to look at flow over a vanagon model.
#5 by Joel on August 25, 2016 - 8:29 am
#6 by Scott Greiner on August 25, 2016 - 9:27 pm
Ho much is it?
#7 by albell on August 26, 2016 - 12:26 pm
Have no idea. He made it himself.
#8 by trft on August 26, 2016 - 8:06 pm
Well, it’s a good idea. Even I never get it, kind of neat to know it. Thanks.
#9 by Frank on December 6, 2016 - 10:33 am
Here is a link to the WIND TUNNEL STUDY picture on various models of a vanagon http://www.vanagonhacks.com/wp-content/uploads/vanagon-wind-tunnel.jpg
#10 by albell on December 6, 2016 - 2:13 pm
Could have sworn I have that in my blog someplace, can’t find it though.
#11 by Harvey Niles on June 14, 2021 - 1:21 pm
Does anyone know if it is possible to buy a cover for the luggage rack for a 1978 Westy?