I read this whole thread this evening from start to now. I am inspired and scared to death after seeing all of the time, work, and expense you must have in your van. I think that once I really start tearing into my 81 E150 conversion that I'll run into major rust repair too. I too am without a garage of my own, but no shop space to borrow. I haven't done any bodywork or paint in many years. I've been thinking about a shorty with no windows as a replacement if I can find one that's affordable, including the cost of getting it home depending on where I find one to replace it. Then I'd take all of the new parts I've put into the 81 plus the drive train (351W/C6) out and scrap the body. Love your work! Thanks for all of the detail and photos! It definitely gets me excited to figure out what to do with mine and get it done! Please, please keep the updates coming! Thanks!