Hi all, Well I am new here and just bought my first Kombi - lifelong dream to own one, and here I am. Seems like there is lots of helpful advice to be had here - I need all the help I can get! I bought a bus that has been in country NSW all it’s life, and having looked at lots before buying this one it’s the closest to a ‘rust free’ original Kombi I have ever seen (I am sure that I will get some feedback there is no such thing!). There really is no rust apart from surface patina and a couple of dings. The previous owner just blew some primer over bits of it to protect it. The camping interior is long gone but pop top still in reasonable condition. I think original 1800 motor but it was an automatic bus that has been converted to manual. It runs but the clutch is stuffed, so as such not sure of the condition of the gearbox. The plan is to restore it to original condition, maybe a two tone colour on the bottom half (thats the compromise with my loving and supportive wife ) other wise I want it back as it was. I am going to start with getting it right mechanically and go from there. A few questions I was hoping there may be some help with 1) is it a sopru conversion? My research suggests it is but I know there will be some experts here - I have included a picture with the pop top open that might help. 2) I have attached a couple of gearbox pics with the number stamped on the bottom - what gearbox do I have? It looks to me like the wrong box for a 74 1800 (three fin rather than 4 or 5 fin??) but I really don’t know. 3) I need to drop the motor to sort out some oil leaks and sort out the clutch and generally tidy things up. I am reasonably mechanical but have never done anything like this before on an aircooled vehicle or bus - is there a ‘go to’ thread on what to do. I have a copy of the Haynes manual, but my experience tells me that there are often more ‘gotchas’ that people call out on you tube etc. How do I get the bus high enough (safely) for the motor to clear it without buying enormous truck jack stands??? A lot of the tin ware was off and rolling around in the back as was the foam seal - I am not convinced I have all the tin ware I should but I will figure that out - anyone who knows where a diagram is of what I should have much appreciated! I have many many more questions but this it is where I thought I would start! Thanks in advance for any help!