Date registered: May 2013
Vehicle: 1961 190SL
Location: Northern California, USA
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"Better yet, why not have all the above done well in advance of you going out? rushing it doesnt sound like a prudent idea."
I think Dan (Rumb) is right. It's great to make a "barn find" like you did but expecting to drive it home seems pretty optimistic.
Sitting unused causes various mechnaical components to deteriorate. On second thought I'd have it shipped to me or fly out and haul it back on a U-Haul trailer. That may be pricey but not 1/2 as pricey as having it having it roll to a stop in the middle of nowhere with no cell reception, finally getting a tow to some Podunk garage, waiting for a "mechanic" who's never seen one of those to figure it out, wait for parts, etc, etc, etc.
My own son just moved his family from Alabama to here in California in a 2-phase move. First he moved his kids, most of his household possessions and dogs while his wife stayed behind. Then he moved his wife, the rest of his household possessions and a vehicle. He has a resto-rodded 1966 Chevy pickup that he brought during the second phase of the move. After checking his options, that included borrowing my van as a tow vehicle, he flew back to Alabama and rented a U-Haul rig haul the rest of his stuff and to carry his '66 to California because that was the most cost effective option. Another thing on my son's mind was how his '66 would be treated by a car hauler since it's already painted. He got it here intact.
Whatever you decide, have fun with your new project!