Maybe it is me being overly sentimental, but wow what a story. I bought my car off a very nice guy down in SoCal, no more significance than the hit to the checkbook. I couldn't imagine having a car with that much significance behind it; let alone driving it (even though I know that is what your Pops - RIP - would have wanted).
Enjoy the build, I'll be following.
"The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence." - Sir Robert Peel