Firstly, thankyou to everyone to provided help in my other threads "Can you daily a T3" and "How much rust is too much". Yesterday by total chance on our way up to see Les and his T3 we saw this T3 posted in Port Macquarie just as we left and decided to drop in to have a look. When we pulled up we immediately judged it and were both convinced we werent buying this one but we would look at it anyway. The exterior was a patchwork of primer, original paint, rusty patches and sanded back paint. The lower tailgate is rotten but has been treated with rust stop. Thats where the negatives stopped and the positives started. As I looked closer and the seller gave me a tour it started to become obvious that this person really cared about this van. He showed me the panels he has removed and replaced. He gave me a tour of every single place he has repaired and had progress photos to show me the before and after. The best was yet to come. He began giving me a tour of the engine bay after he removed the bed and I was blown away by what I saw. Inside was a nice clean 2.1 with every coolant hose replaced, new leads, dizzy cap, every fuel line replaced, all the wiring tidy and where it should be and not a single drop of oil leaking anywhere. He explained the heads were leaking when he bought it and had to reseal them. He showed me photos of the condition of the cylinders before and after he gave them a hone. Underneath there is not a drop of oil leaking from the engine. There is a weep from the output seal on the trans but he explained he found that after he put the motor back in. Not sure how hard it is to replace but im going to get a workshop manual and see if I can do it at home. He then showed me the new stainless coolant pipes he has fitted along with every hose joiner that he replaced. The exhaust has been replaced and doesnt rattle or bang anywhere and the motor sounds nice and healthy. He has started fitting it out for camping and included a roof mounted solar panel on roof racks, a house battery, a fridge and a quick bed setup that uses the standard 3 row folding seat. It has seat belts in the back and the rego papers indicate it has been engineered for the extra seats. I took it for a drive with him and the difference between the 1.9 auto I tried in the 85 Caravelle and this 89 Transporter 2.1 manual is night and day. Its a 5 speed and has what feels like a stump puller 1st and has no problem rolling through intersections in 2nd and cruises nice at 100 in top gear. He has replaced the gear shifter bushes and the shifts feel nice and reasonably direct for a shifter that is 100 metres long hahaha. It rode very nice on the new shocks and tyres and felt like driving a small old truck but in the most pleasant way. I was really blown away when I got back to his house after driving it. We negotiated a price and I told him I was going to be heading to Taree to look at Les's van and we got 10 minutes down the road and decided this van was our van. I phoned Les to let him know and to make sure he hadnt gone out of his way to let us view his van and he was very understanding and said "well youre the one that has to look at it so buy the one you like". We turned around, paid our money and I drove it home about an hour and half and smiled the whole way! The plans are to set it up as a Westfalia clone inside, paint the exterior and my girlfriend will drive it everyday to work. With only 210000 original ks on the clock its more than 100000kms younger than the current Pajero we have so in a way its almost like we have a new car! Sorry for the novel!