Well, after some months the Vanagon is back on the road (legally).
I finished building the engine up with all the new pipework and hoses etc. and – with a little help – I managed to install the engine in the bus.
Once the rebuilt engine was in, I had to connect it up to the water/cooling system, install the intake and fuel injection system, install the exhaust, install the air deflectors and connect all of the electrics.
It took about a week and despite a couple of calamities (shearing off a small bolt in one of the inlet manifolds being the worst of them) it was ready to start up.
One small problem with the rebuilt engine was that the driveshaft for the distributor was a little out of position. No matter what I did I couldn’t get the timing set up. After much tugging of hair I decided to trim an inch off of one of the studs on the fuel pump cover which isn’t used on the 2.1DJ engine. This allowed me to get the timing set up and – vroom she started!!!!
A day or so checking everything over for an MOT and the bus was ready to go. It passed the MOT on Friday 14th March and I was able to apple for a tax disc (I had to put it on a SORN at the end of February).
The tax disc turned up this morning (19th March) and the bus was back on the road.