Hi all - last year we bought a 1976 Bay Kombi for the kids and I to restore. My ideas are usually met with ridicule so I was rapt to get the tick from my wife and kids to buy a kombi restoration project. From the moment we got the car home we have all spent time sorting through the parts and cleaning up the insides. I have benefited greatly from the wonderful repository of knowledge, info and pictures posted by everyone on this forum so I thought it was time to start adding some of my own. To all who have sent notes, replied to posts - thank you. My dad bought a 1974 camper which we had great trips and many great memories when I was growing up. My wife, kids and I are now enjoying seeing this one come to life and will no doubt have a lot of fun with the car over many years to come. It has been a great project to date - one that we have all got involved in. The car was bought from a panel beater as a project - tick one - the rust had been removed and the car primed. Bought as a wedding car for one of the owners -it never made the wedding timetable and work slowed considerably. The car was then used to keep the guys busy when the panel works was quiet. From quick start it slowed down and eventually stopped. the panel shop remained flat out ant the kombi took up space for the next 12 - 18 months waiting for the workshop to get quiet again. Late last year we bought it and took it home. We spent the following months waiting for our painter to be free - we worked away on the insides, sorting out all the things we needed. It terms of the car - we are building it for fun and not to be an original showpiece of 1976. If its going to be my car I want it to go ok, have the best quality mechanics (suspension, brakes) I have got very used to driving around with aircon - this has proved much more difficult to sort out and is a work in progress. Paint: We have settled on red and pastel white (roof to below windows and interior) Bumpers pastel white, white GT strip down passengers side (front and back). I really like the white V of the old splits but a painted V on a bay would look average so I thought the GT strips would bring the white down onto the front. I note there are very few, photos of Kombi's with GT strips so it will be interesting to see how they come up. Red dash and under dash air distributor Interior: I like tan but the family like cream and a red GT strip to the seats (8 seat config). We will sort out rubber for the flooring, we will use the bay to head to the beach and all like surfing. Any recommendations on upholsterers is welcome. Hi just to add my costs as a comparison: Car and spare parts (extra engine, set of wheels and tyres), cost $6k (as per photo) zero rust happily Paint $5.5k Stereo (Kenwood DNX 5350 $1100, speakers$400 and amp $200) (+$600 for dynamat) Interior $3.5k (+$700 for seats) Rubbers $1200 (also bought new Quarter window +$100) Other bits and pieces $1500 I cant believe how much enjoyment I have got out of working on the car with my kids. They have, off their own bat, worked away stripping out the inside and we have all enjoyed the car before we have driven a km. I will be saying goodbye to my car and will look forward to many years of fun with the Kombi. Our family had a camper in the 70's so it will see us go full circle. Next I will learn how to post some photos.