Yes, there are many questions left unanswered, the "Where the heck do their heads go" in the front stalls very much amongst them, and I agree I wouldn't be interested in a head to head layout. I too looked through the hayloft door (yes, it's off it's hinge - again, a 5 minute welding job for me, this constitutes no issue in my head although it could be massive to others) and wondered the same thing.
Certainly lots of questions to be answered, and she didn't really sound like she was terribly knowledgeable about it when I talked to her in person - not sure what the situation leading to it's sale is, but It sounds like it's a "selling it for a family member" thing perhaps. In the end the only way to answer all the questions I'm left with is to actually go look at it in person.
I've got 48+ hours to sleep on it.
I for one can't wait to see the diamond shine forth when you get it finished...
Thanks for the positive vibe. I've done this sort of thing before so I'm not scared or overwhelmed by the process in the slightest.
I dealt with a similar "Oh, you don't know what you're in for" scenario last year when the engine blew up in my truck - cracked block. Me and two buddies sourced parts and rebuilt it in his shop from the crank on up for about $2500
, some pizza, and a few cases of beer. 25000+ Kilometers on it since then and it's purring away.
So, basically my point is...I've taken basket cases and made a bouquet of roses out of the situation before. This doesn't scare me. :)
Here's my 6.5 turbodiesel as we were putting her back together. Read the whole thread via the link above for anyone so inclined..although it's a long one. It gets interesting around page 14, but went up to nearly 30 pages in length.