Glad you got it home safe Cliff.... it always seems to be a long day when fetching cars and then sorting trailers etc doesn\'t it?!
I wouldn\'t worry about it looking a bit scruffy cosmetically, it\'s what\'s underneath that counts!
As you know from restoring JAZ, these are actually very easy cars to work on (unless you decide to crack the engine itself open ) and are more enjoyable and easier to restore than comparative cars of the era.
The last 3 cars I\'ve restored have been 2 1981 Spitfires ( which consisted of a load of rust held together by underseal and a 2.8i Capri which has all the panelwork welded on so all the outer panels have to be cut off to fix the shell)
At least with 1st gens, all the panelwork forward of the windscreen just unbolts for restoration / replacement and gives great access to the structural parts and by the time you\'ve dropped the doors, rear bumper and sunroof off, there isn\'t much left!
The stripped front end of my car...
and then with some new paint on it...
That said, the structural integrity of the shell is everything.... the usual 1st gen rust spots. If these are ok then you\'ve got a good base for a nice restoration to your own high standards.
The other bit you want intact is the main loom. If this has been hacked, you can spend months trying to fault find no end of electrical gremlins.
If, after you\'ve surveyed it, you decided that you\'ll be restoring this car, you\'re welcome to raid my spares collection. I haven\'t got tons of stuff but might have that elusive part you need.