I think there should be two, one for each ankle
It does look like a hanging on type strap, quite popular before the popularity of seatbelts. But it doesn’t look like a stock item or it may be the camera angle . Strap looks like the right vintage but get us a better shot of the fixing. Maybe P.O. Had a vertically challenged partner that needed an assist to get in the back, could be any fink
Hi there, it might be a strap fixed to the righthand narrow cabinet (the one blinding the rear side window) of your Westfalia interior. It doesn't really seem original though...
Don't try this strap with anyone's foot ankle for whatever purpose. You might get stuck, since people of the 70ies were a lot smaller, you know
The chrome effect is what’s making me think it’s after market or non stock. To my mind, as strange as it is, The VW original if there was such a thing would have matched the fixing points to its other stuff like the coat holder type white knobs or the existing type door pulls or the slider top fixing cover or the rear hatch hinge covers. Even Westfalia sort of tried to keep to the recipe of stock or similar to stock as in there internal slider door pull at the rear of the slider. Possibly it’s a much stronger replacement for something that broke frequently like the slider pull. It would deffo work in that capacity. This is my version of this pull using a section of seat belt fitted to the existing two bolts. Works a treat and saves having to slam the door shut, just roll it slowly closed then a small pull to click it closed. Much appreciated by the neighbours at three in the morning.
Ozziedog,,,,,,,,,, soft and gentle too, but no good for ankles
Ha thanks for replies - it’s a Dormobile conversion. After paint I got shell back and boxes of bits. This was in boxes. It’s only because it had overspray on it that I’m pretty convinced it came off the van. Maybe I’m wrong
I have - been around and looked again at all
places suggested too. I’m pretty sure it was fitted originally but I can’t remember where.
Day off tomorrow for looking…. and hopefully finish loom too !!)
While you’re off looking for your two elusive screw holes, have a little ponder as to anything that may have been replaced during the resto. I.E. is it the exact same sliding door and are you 100% sure ? Has any of the furniture been replaced or repaired? It does still look like an aftermarket replacement or addition but the obvious places are either to aid getting in the cab for the passenger, or to aid getting in the rear for the peeps that have been lowered, or an aid for closing the slider or even getting up in bed. Perhaps look elsewhere like on any old door panels or side panels for tell tale signs.
Ozziedog,,,,,,,,,good luck with this great little mystery