Well, with lot of help and advice from VMF and others, I rebuilt my engine and transmission this winter. In January, I slipped on ice and broke my fibula in my right leg. So, half of the rebuild was done with my leg in a cast. Went through the whole process, cast, walking boot, and physical therapy.
Start PT and my leg starts killing me. The fracture never healed correctly and opened back up. They tried several therapy processes but no good. So, I had surgery to insert plates and screws about 3 weeks ago. Now stitches are all out and I'm back in a cast for 4 weeks. It's my right leg to boot which means no driving. Have to get a ride to work etc.
So, now I have this beautifully running new engine in my 66 just sitting in the garage and I can't drive it! Hopefully I progress quickly through this process and get to drive it a little before the snow flies!
Sorry you've had so much trouble.
It is easier with a hair-covered companion.
I think if I could rebuild an engine, I could learn how to drive with my left foot, and if it has a manual transmission, a hand control for the accelerator... challenged people do this and a lot more ! !
I quickly developed a way to start a mower, mow my yard and trim with one arm after a major surgery.
Be very safe but be very brave, and start someplace with not too many other cars around haha