Buying a suitable project van - what to look for and what to avoid, originality and paperwork. Planning a project - working space, timescales, tools, safety considerations. Strip-down and refit - removing and refitting panels and trim covered in a single chapter for easy reference. Specific chapters on structural repairs to chassis and underside, middle section, front end, front arches/steps and cab floors, rear arches, rear end and roof (including camper roofs). Bodywork - panel repair, trim, windows and seals, preparation, paint options and painting. Interior - removing/repairing interior, electrics (including adding a split-charge relay and mains hook-up). Mechanical - engine removal and refitting, carb rebuild, exhaust/heat exchangers, tinware refurbishment; overhaul of front beam, ball joints, bearings, brakes, steering box, CV joints, lowering (and un-lowering!), fuel tank, fuel sender and fuel lines.
Fletcher Gillett runs a small business repairing and restoring VW Transporters and other vehicles, with bodywork and structural repairs a speciality. He has contributed magazine articles and maintains a presence on VW forums where fellow enthusiasts can follow his restoration work. He lives in Brighton.