Email to my brother Chris on Monday 4th June 2007: I am having to restore this van really. I knew the only VW bus I could afford was going to need some welding. And on saturday I found it! The sill near the driver's door needs a patch welded and also at the back just below each light cluster I think is structural so will need a patch to. But that is a good excuse for me to get my MIG welder out and play with it!.
I had to tow it and I still have to get the engine started but I think I have found out why it wouldn't go. So I will fix it. My VW Bus blog is at www.baginost.freeserve.co.uk I haven't got much on there so far.
I have had to re-trace ALL the wires and put new crimp pins connectors on the damaged ends and replace certain wire runs. I have dont the front end and now just have to do the back. But the back is really easy. So I have broken the back of the job. The wiring was in such a bad state I didn't want to risk a fire breaking out so I did the electrics before I tried to start the engine.
When it has been too dark to do any work outside I have been doing stuff indoors! I was up till 1am last night painting bits for the dash board and sky-light. I was late to work today.