It's been a long time coming, there was a few occasions where I just given up altogether in getting this thing up and running again.
Long story short, now got my own place after living at my parents with my family, next to no bills so saved up a deposit for a house.
Been here 2 years now, now have my own double garage, got a rear roller door installed when the house of built, after a year, got a veranda built just behind the garage to accommodate the already cemented area. So good to be able to work under the shade and if I want to do an all nighter, I'll just roll the Van back into the garage
Also great area for the kids to play.
Just some minor updates, while still waiting for my parts to arrive so I can put the dash back and move onto other tasks, I ended getting rid of the rust that was in the upper lip of the Van:
Top lip on both sides, grinded inside the lip back to bare metal, rust converter, then fiberglass filler on the inside of the lip on the outer edge as this is where from factory is spot welded the roof section of the van. So needed to fill up the small gap where the two pieces mate, wasn't fun doing these two lips, as after fiberglass, took ages to sand back the filler, but got there at the end, then etch primed.
Decided I wanted the clean look up at front and blocked off the factory antenna holes, I'll sort out later how to get an internal antenna of some sort that has good reception.
Next on my to do list is to get all those areas nice and flat and smooth, need to rub back the etch primed areas that needs to be filled with body filler, sand and more sanding, then etch primed again, then move onto getting some primer filler, sand, primer filler and sand again until ready for paint. I could have done this differently at the beginning with the filler once all rust removed, since I didn't know how long it was going to be until I was at this stage and didn't want the bare metal exposed for too long, I decided to etch prime it to protect it and get to that stage later as I was OK with sanding it back down for filler.
I'm no expert in panel beating or a mechanic, it's a hobby which I enjoy learning as I go, really enjoying it at the moment so hopefully it turns out good as per my skills, it may not look as good as the pros but hey, at least I can say, I did that and I saved a bucket loads of $ doing so.