Discovering the old Mercomatic transmission still worked (after adding much oil) was an added benefit and allowed me to drive it into indoor storage. Better late than never.
New front shocks helped hold it down on the road. New water pumps meant I didn't have to drain the coolant after every run to prevent losing all the anti freeze. A "new to me" driver seat to replace the raccoon ravaged original.
Hours of elbow grease and quantities of Turtle wax rubbing compound, steel wool all helped to bring the old original fanfare maroon paint up to a pretty good shine considering the 40 years of weathering. Good thing that patina is the latest trend in old original survivor cars like this one.
It has made a few miles up and down the driveway and the seldom traveled farm access road to get some exercise.
Looking through the pitted and cracked windshield under the big sunvisor, over the shiny chrome hood scoop, the rumble of the straight piped flathead, its like the 1960s all over again.