Bernard here with an 80s Tin Top. I got through 2010 with some harrowing adventures in my Sammy. From purchase (in great condition) to a pretty gnarly wreck to a patient and careful restoration. I didn't do all the work myself but using Craigslist and other sources, I was able to help with the procurement of parts. Much of the story is here at my blog:
Currently, my next task is figuring out how to get the heater working again. Anyone have experience in this department? I'll post again with some better details as well.