The last time this car was registered was in 2000, when it was only 16 years old. For the next 15 years, it rotted in neglect under various ownership, including at least one salvage yard, until I bought it from a hobbyist who was giving up on it and dragged it 40 miles to my house strapped to a U-Haul trailer.
In the three months since I bought it, I've washed it, cleaned out the engine compartment, removed some lighting mods, got new wheels and tires, replaced the front brakes and bearings, cleaned the rear brake hardware, and last night a friend came over and we replaced the old brake fluid. Once we had all the old fluid out, and with one headlight and one taillight working, we took it for a spin around the block.
Maybe it was just the adrenaline from finally getting to drive this thing, and we didn't go faster than about 25, but I thought that little 305 had a mighty roar like nothing I've ever heard outside of a race track. It drives straight, it feels good, and--SURPRISE!--the transmission works the way it's supposed to.
This was exactly what I needed over my Christmas vacation. I still have a long way to go with this car before I can even get a safety inspection, but last night all the work I've done finally translated into real results, real progress. I'm so glad I started this project. I love this car.