so far today i've managed to get different rear tires mounted, a pair of 12-26's I had setting around. pulled the rear pan and sprayed everything down with engine cleaner and headed to the car wash. was kind of surprised that everything on the hydrostat and rear differential was covered in grass and dirt but no oil leaking from anywhere. engine however looks like an oily dirt ball. inside of gas tank has a coating of rust in the top half and varnish in the bottom, not sure what to do with that, maybe radiator shop. tomorrow, carb goes into ultra sonic cleaner before rebuild.
thanks for the good advice on pulling the engine tins, heads, and changing oil. I usually get in a hurry and try to start something before things are back to factory specs.
list of things to order: air cleaner, points and condenser, carb kit, fuel pump is broken, battery cables have been cut off, fuel shut off for bottom of tank and fuel filter, head gaskets, spark plugs.
steering is a little loose. most of the play is in the large half gear that attaches to the drag link. needs a little machine work on pin and bushing. front axle pivot also.
will update later, thanks again.