Westfalia Berlin seat latch

Discussion in 'How To' started by DamonW, Apr 13, 2024.

  1. DamonW

    DamonW Supporter

    Hi I bought a seat latch off a member here and a part I have been looking for quite a while - I now have all the bits - I am a little confused how the assembly should look - can anyone send me a pic of theirs so I can get a visual.
    It’s the little locking latch with pin that is on the rear seat / bed where you push the latch to release seat so can be lifted up
    Thanks Damon
  2. Chrisd

    Chrisd Supporter

    Hi, this is mine


    Inside the bench seat, from two angles

    IMG_20240413_145931794.jpg IMG_20240413_145936613.jpg
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  3. I suspect that there is an invisible spring behind the bolt that is pushed back with a finger in the hole with the tab:

    top hook on the bed:

    top locked at the bottom of the bench:


    pressed in with finger:
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2024
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  4. DamonW

    DamonW Supporter

    Thanks both of you - much appreciated
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  5. These are super rare for some reason. My original “squirrel-destroyed” interior that I sold had one.. looked for ages to try and get og used fittings to add one to my repro interior but just none available anywhere. I ended up fitting a reimo (?) latch on mine. I think it’s an important safety thing otherwise there’s a risk of heavy stuff coming out of the under-bed storage and bouncing around the cabin in an accident.
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  6. Zed

    Zed Gradually getting grumpier

    These are a later thing aren't they? I've seen a lot of Westy's and not many had these catches. Maybe 5-10% of the ones I've seen.
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  7. mikedjames

    mikedjames Supporter

    Devon never bothered with latches on the bed..

    Theres so much stuff to fly forwards anyway..
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  8. yes I think you’re correct. Mines a 78
  9. DamonW

    DamonW Supporter

    Yep mines a 79
  10. Chrisd

    Chrisd Supporter

    If and when anybody has a moment, could you post the measurements of the top latch for me. I made my own temporary one without the hole and it would be easier if I knew at least the red and green measurements before I start drilling into my made up one.


  11. DamonW

    DamonW Supporter

    I am back in New York for a bit now so cannot measure the one I just bought - not back with van until July :(
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  12. Chrisd

    Chrisd Supporter

    No rush!
  13. 77 Westy

    77 Westy Supporter

    Red is 18mm and green is 11.5mm on my '77
    That’s 18mm to the edge of the hole and the hole is 11.5mm diameter (measured with a tape as bigger than 11mm and smaller than 12mm).:)
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2024
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  14. Chrisd

    Chrisd Supporter

    Thanks Geoff

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