Greetings, This is my first post on the forum, and this 1975 dual cab is my first ever VW! I have really enjoyed reading about some others restoration efforts (particularly OSF's great thread on his 76 DC restoration) so I thought I would join in. I am hoping to have it done in the next 18-24 months (will probably end up taking 5 years), and will be outsourcing the body repairs so am prepared for some significant money to be spent. I'll do everything else myself with the assistance of my old man who is a mechanic of the right vintage to be skilled in the ways of kombi vans. Side note he used to work for the postmaster general in the 1970's and so spent his formative years working on kombi postal vans. Starting condition: Bowie the Dual Cab 3/1975 - yellow (mellow yellow i think?) History: Was last registered in the NT in 1997, so hasn't been on the road for a while. Has the remnants of a hand painted mural on the doors for a health food shop in NSW, so it has been around. Engine: Had an 1800 engine that was out of the vehicle when I purchased it, so I figured something was wrong, when we pulled it apart one of the cylinders had about 2 inches of movement in the big end bearing. My old man is building me a 2.0 ltr to replace the current 1800 that done a big end bearing. Body: Starting condition is fairly rough, with rust in all the usual places. The tray is cactus, so I have ordered a Klassic Fab replacement floor, the gates are borderline fixable, not sure if I will replace them or repair the existing ones. Sandblasting will likely unearth a fair bit more rust. I am currently stripping the car down before it gets sent for blasting. I originally wanted to try and keep the patina, but I'm sure there is some more hidden rust I can see and think I should really arrest the rust before it goes on much longer. If anyone has any good suggestions of places for sandblasting and the rust repairs to the body please pass them on, I am in Melbourne, but happy to transport the ute to whoever that knows what they are doing. Anyway, here are some photos.