Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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I tend to agree with Neil, you need to decide what you want to do.
You have a long, expensive project ahead of you and if it's been parked that long you're probably looking at a complete rebuild on the engine; in fact, I wouldn't even try turning it over, just pull the engine and start the disassembly process. Parts are available, but they're not cheap.
A while back I was in the City and stumbled across a guy with a 56 Ponton. Sweet car, he was into the restoration pretty far (I posted a couple of pics in the vintage forum) and had already dropped $20K (not including the purchase price). His had not been parked so he had not had to do the engine, but much of his was cosmetic (paint and interior, finding period tires I think he said cost him $1,500!) and drivetrain (bearing repacks, transmission oil change, etc.)
This is a rare, excellent slice of history, but just getting it back to safe and reliable running is going to be costly, so the question you have to ask yourself is whether you have the stomach and bank account to see it through. If not -- and I mean no disrepect -- please do the car and yourself a favor and let a collector take care of this project.
Take care and enjoy the ride,
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