Might as well finally start my build thread given I've lurked here a year now
Since I was using a little room heater fan thing to dry out water that had seeped through the year-old car cover on the weekend, I'm starting all over again in some respects, so I might as well finally start documenting the thing. So.
One year ago:
I bought this thing. I introduced myself here, and got a lot of helpful info straight away. I won't rehash all of the car's intro here, but the basics:
1977 build 350SE, imported from the UK in 1978. Mostly original mimosa yellow paint, very cracked and chipped and a bit faded/half-heartedly polished on the bonnet. Avocado tex/browny-yellowy-greenish tartan seats in pretty good condition. Zebra wood. All original glass. Mechanically not too neglected but not running (suspect ring gear missing teeth; starter spins). Lots of not very concerning rust, some trouble spots, some typical trouble spots (think fuel filler, parcel shelf) not at all bad. Aero 1s are real, but one leaks from the bead seat. Dubious instrument cluster (3 shift points) reads 64000 miles. Was cheap.
Empty (came with bits. Trims, steelies, random clothes etc. Boot and rear seat full).
Dry (had been sat in the rain with nothing covering the rust hole in the roof).
Lift off guts (why they cut the springs to make it look like a stranded 6.9 I'll never know).
Try to start.
Get in garage (up the hill to the left in the 1st photo, shoulda bought a different house...)
Drive 60 or fewer days per year and enjoy.
"Might take a few months"
^famous last words.