I covered the car with insurance over the 4th of July weekend and was able to drive it home Thursday afternoon. I did take the long way home. Friday evening Lori and I took a ride down to Wine 30 for our first date in the car in ~33 years. It's been a long road to recovery for this little car. But it is absolutely a gas to drive. Thinking back to the million or so times I checked the cam setting so it was advanced exactly 4 degrees (4 degrees is about 1/32 of an inch on the timing gear) and all the other meticulous checks and modifications that went into the engine, and to see it all come together and work really right is just incredible. Here are a couple of videos. They are really compressed due to Blogger restrictions.
Things still to be done. The paint still needs to be cut and buffed. Need to buy new tires. The Michelins are 33 years old. They look great but rubber that old cannot be trusted for more than a few miles. Need to add bumpers and all of the trim pieces once the cut and buff are complete. There re also a few electrical glitches to work out. But with British cars, that is an ongoing issue.