Bedford VAL once restored properly will probably be worth a pretty penny though - The last couple I looked at sold for silly money anyway.
Only had a brief shot of one, but it was a lovely thing to drive. Not massively quick in the way some of the AECs or bigger engined Bristols (I had a shot of an RE based coach once which was quite capable of pegging the speedo against the bottom of the surround), but was quite capable of keeping moving at a reasonable pace.
They do look lovely too.
Reckon he'll probably enjoy the work. Probably a good project to be able to just keep working away at bit by bit if you've got the space and the gear to lift things that heavy.