I just realised I don't have a resto thread on here. Doh!! Here's a few bits from VZi introducing and covering the latest and arguably most intensive period... engine rebuild and engine bay resto (bang on trend ) I bought the van last April / May time. It was fundamentally solid, a bit wonkey in places, but solid. It was (and still is) gutted inside, so very little hiding. It started, ran (badly), and stopped (for a while). I decided that I'd gradually get it mechanically sound and climate proof before getting carried away with the pretty things. ...and following the notion that VW's find their owners when I saw the V5 i was gobsmacked to see that we share a birthday / date of first registration, albeit we missed an inaugural birthday party at Bug Jam last year to celebrate!! In the past year the progress has been relatively slow, tbh. I've been holding off a bit waiting for the MOT this February to give a true indication of condition, but currently wish I'd just put it in last Autumn!! Some bits have been documented in other threads, so to summarise we've cleaned, made loose-ish seat covers, cleaned, added LED lights to the dash pod and renewed the controls, cleaned, fixed a leaky rear master cylinder, replaced all four CVs, cleaned and installed crappy speakers in very nice custom pods... did I mention cleaning? The MOT did come round in Feb and failed. Again, documented elsewhere but I decided to go for an engine rebuild and spruce up the engine bay, this has been going on for a few weekends, but i have this week off, the weather looks good and I'm hoping to make some real progress and turn it into momentum over the coming months!! I had my local garage do the few bits of welding for the MOT (plus a couple of little other items around the engine bay), change the drag link and drop the engine out so that I could strip it down and rebuild the top end. That left me with the tyre, handbrake cable, steering wheel bush etc to do on top of the engine build. Steering column first. I pulled the column out of the van, stripped it down and replaced the bearing by punching it out of the alloy casting. My garage mentioned to look out for the shim which sits in the bearing and may have been lost... it wasn't it was just loose because the pressure spring was missing. I ordered 10 of those from VW (I have 9 for sale if anyone wants one) and bob's your uncle!! Whilst out i rubbed down the steering column and cover plate and resprayed satin black, cleaned and polished the plastic housing with boot polish to blacken it up a bit!! I've just bought a replacement tyre pressure sticker from JK to finish it all off. With that done, I turned my attention to the engine. Please bear in mind I have neither a garage or a driveway so much of this is being done in the garden, dining room or in the van itself!! I've spent a lot of time cleaning the tinwear and engine. The first clean was to work out if there were any bits of tin that needed repair. This was limited to a pin hole in the centre rear piece below the pulley, the ends of both under cylinder tins and the upright section one of these connect to. Pile of dirty tin... Dirty fan housing... A defunct heater duct... Really encrusted under cylinder tin... First clean of the top tins... was surprised to find numbers stamped on them, they were not obvious under the crap before!! Before... After... Which eventually became a big pile... I decided to split the the fan housing and give it a good clean inside and out, however, this really did beat me! I don't think any quantity of degreaser and cleaner was ever going to get it clean (I cant believe how much oil there was inside the the fan housing). So I decided that this, along with some of the tinwear will be off to be sandblasted and powdercoated. Before cleaning... After cleaning... (not much of an improvement!) So, the fan housing, inlet manifolds and all visible tinwear plus the firewall, engine mounting bar and fuel filler cover have all been delivered to a local finishers to sandblast and powdercoat, with the exception of the manifolds and the fan housing which I'll paint at home. This left a number of ancillary parts to carry on cleaning and painting with a coat of satin black. I'm not the most patient person with a can of spray paint and I don't have the best of conditions to work in so I've viewed this exercise as removing surface rust, providing protection and fairly continuous appearance!! After cleaning and sanding each part got a coat of etch, 2 of red primer and 2 of satin black... A few bits on the washing line awaiting primer... Pushrod tubes in primer... One set of satinny bits, including the carb linkage, idle circuit fuel tubes, servo tubes, cooling flaps and so on. and another... These have all been wrapped in bubblewrap and stuck in a box for safe keeping for a couple of weeks. It's nice to have a job done with a distinct reduction in oily messy parts and be waiting for the call from the powdercoaters to add to this pile of nice bits! I have also commenced the top end strip down; which in short became a bigger job than expected. One of the pistons has died and the barrels are on the limit of acceptable wear. I've come round to the collective thinking that having got this far it worth splitting the case and doing a proper clean and inspection of the shafts, etc. Dead piston. Oily crankcase. One cracked exhaust port One good head, cleaned a bit... Cleaned case... " /> So the plan is to get hold of a good used head, have them cleaned properly, replace the valves and guides etc. I may have the case cleaned properly once split too. I've bought the B+P, gasket set, etc. so almost everything else is ready to rebuild... just need a head This is all a steep learning curve and I'm wishing Spellbound on VZi would get a move on with his step by step build so I can find out what the hell I'm 'sposed to be doing! Needless to say, I'll post questions if they arise!! I'm off work this week, so the plan is to provide a nice shiny / satiny rebuilt engine a nice shiny engine bay and renewed wiring to sit in and hopefully split the case and get my head around what needs done there... expect a few updates here soon.