The very quick answer is: THIS IS FUN!
Sure, sure, we didn't expect all of the things discussed so far.
...Wait, TD is correcting me as I type.
He did. I didn't.
It's what I said earlier, unless you're buying a new car, or a vintage one that's been Overhauled by Chip Foose, you have to expect issues big or small.
Thankfully I married a car guy who loves a neat vehicular project, and to prove it I present this:
|TD back in the day, working on a wrecked Corvette project|