Hi All. Excuse the ramble, bit of history first to set the scene… We have had Percy just over a year now and he has provided lots of good experiences. We have travelled, camped and learnt many things and know him pretty well I think now. He’s an original 1976 Bay Window 2L EFI manual with a Sopru fit out in Martini Olive. He’s a ‘doer’ rather than a showpiece, and we appreciate he will never be worth as much as a Split or Lowlight. Mechanically, all is pretty good. The engine is going strong, albeit with a minor oil leak on the case and pushrod tubes, and the gearbox, suspension and brakes all are OK for its age. No issues with sitting on 110kph on the freeway, subject to crosswinds and how brave I’m feeling Inside the camper fit out is great, the new fridge and solar system means we can go off grid indefinitely, and the sink, water, gas, cupboards and bed etc. are all working well.. The pop top is useable, the canvas has a few small holes in and the scissor lift could use a few new bushed but works well. The body however is showing its age. Original paint is wearing and original seals are getting brittle. The chassis rails and floor underside have been fishoiled but do have minor surface rust. With a really heavy downpour, he does leak a bit, around the sliding door and front windscreen. Fortunately he spends 99% of the time cosy and dry in the enclosed carport, so rust spread is hopefully slowed. The wind roars thru a fair bit on the freeway (good in summer, not so good in winter) mainly due to the permanently open louvered qtr. windows of the Sopru, but also due to worn seals etc. See Members Ride for more on Percy http://forums.kombiclub.com/showthread.php?44942-Introducing-Percy-76-Bay-Sopru-Camper-Adelaide At this stage the plan is to continue to use it as intended whilst the kids are still interested to go travelling. As a result, there is not a lot of point in redoing it to a concourse level only for it to be subjected to the kids, dogs and dirt roads etc. I would however love to get it back to its original condition in a fit for purpose approach, but with new paint, panels, and seals etc.. As with most things in life money is an issue so I am trying to come up with the best plan to ensure a good result with things not getting out of control, and most importantly – finishing it so it can be used and appreciated again. J …. End of ramble, now onto the point of the post… So, what I am after from the wealth of knowledge that is Kombi Club, is this – comments on my plan and constructive criticism. Particularly with things I may have missed or not given enough attention. In a nutshell the idea is to strip it down with the lad, get the body to the professionals for panels & paint, and then home for re-fitting. Whilst the paint is being done, I intend to freshen up the drivetrain, but no major overhauls unless obviously required. (Hoses, bushes, filters etc) Please note I do not have the skills, tool s or time to do the panel and paint side of it, but am happy with mechanicals, carpentry, interior and hard work. Fortunately there is a really good panel shop about 800m down the road (Adelaide Hills Panel Works) Here goes: Pre planning- · Set a budget to aim to. (Need to get this past SWMBO first) · Set a timeline. (We want to use it as much as possible, no use it sitting there on bricks, no matter how shiny the paint is..) · Get quotes for sandblasting, welding, new panels as required and painting · Cost in all the hidden bits that get overlooked – seals, grommets, bushes, bolts, linkages, hoses etc. · Put it on Historic rego prior to works commencing Resto project plan- · Photograph and video as much as possible and make a scrapbook for reference later on. Note strip down sequence for reassembly later on and any other relevant details. · Do lots of research and speak to others that have been there done that and have the scars to prove it (that’s where you lot come in) · Strip down interior, remove cupboards and rebuild as required using old ones as templates. · Remove Pop-top and commence rebuild of frame, new canvas and fix up fiberglass prior to repainting. (scream at amount of rust hiding under pop-top) · Remove door trims, windows and glass. · Remove Dash, and disconnect relevant electrics. · Make decision to remove engine & gearbox or not now · Transport to panel shop for blasting · Panel work · Paint · Refit engine & gearbox if removed prior. · Replace all fuel lines and breathers. · Refit windows with new seals · Refit doors with new seals · Refit Pop-top · Dynamat doors, floor and inside cupboards etc. · Refit services & pipework (gas, water etc) · Refit cupboards and bed, front seats · Replace any old wiring and ensure all earth leads are in good repair and working well · Test · Final things and shakedown run · Celebrate with the wife, assuming not divorced by this point. · Go to Tassy for a well earning holiday and enjoy it. So, comments please. I will update the plan with anything I have missed/could do better. Dan PS: Sorry for the really long post, hope you're still awake!