The Treasure Hunt
I had to work the next two days, but luckily I have a job where I can work from home if there are no meetings to attend or customers to visit. It was difficult but I managed to stay away from the car except for my lunch breaks on both of those days.
The first day, I emptied out the interior of the car during my lunch break. It was full of parts that either came off the car or were purchased by the previous owner. It was fun going through everything and trying to figure out what some were. Everything went into the garage in a reasonably organized manner.
The second day, I emptied out most of the trunk during my lunch break. The rest I did after supper. More good parts in there.
I got most everything organized and stored in a decent manner. I bagged and tagged a lot of stuff too. Some of it may be spare parts. Some of it is definitely from the car itself. One day I will get that stuff organized again and determine what I need to keep and what I need to sell off. (Update [Nov. 23, 2003]:
It looks like for $1000US, I have a pretty complete car. There's a lot of parts that I will replace as I go through the restoration though. I plan to have this car for a long time and knowing that certain parts are new and being sure of their condition will give me the peace of mind that far outweighs the cost of the parts. (At least that's what I've convinced myself of.)
I took pictures of everything that was loose. I was able to identify most right away - or at least provide a good description of what it was and where it came from. Some parts were a bit of a mystery to me, but I'll figure it out as I go. Did I mention I've never done this before? I don't even change my own oil.