It's taken me a year, most of that spent on other projects taking up my time. I finally said "enough" and stopped taking on more stuff, so I was able to finally buckle down and get 'er finished!
No, it's not perfect. Far from it. The OCD side of me is screaming about the seats not matching, the foam being a little off in stuffing them, the willy-nilly placement of upholstery nails. The "learn to relax, stupid" side of me is completely okay with it. I think I like that side of me. It's much happier.
We brought it home on a 4x8 trailer, having paid about $375 for it. It fit because the shafts had rotted and snapped off just past the shaft brace. It's been moved around my yard, destroyed my grass (it was under a tarp for weeks on end). I picked up new shafts, new singletree - I couldn't choke down $70 for a chrome rein rail, though. Rebuilt the dash box, the spares box, ditched the brass whip holder in favor of incorporating it into the dash box and weaving a net for under the hole. I did NOT want to just paint it, or stain it honey-gold (OMG that's all I ever see around here). Like I said, it's far from perfect. I have to say, I love the look of the shiny bolts against the red and black (Well, Bombay Mahogany and black, to be precise). Any screw heads I had, I covered with hammered-metal upholstery nails. The edge of every board is black, as is the edge of the fenders, the edge of the dash.
I delivered it today to the co-owner, to be driven tomorrow at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition in PA. The roomie took an inaugural ride in it, with me pulling - it came out so beautifully balanced, there was hardly any weight at all on my hands. Of course, walking a cart up through urban neighborhoods gets you some funny looks! (I walked it about 2 blocks to where the guy with the hauler could get around more easily than navigating the alleys around my house). I think, if I had a garage, I would eagerly do it again. It was a LOT of work, but looking at this thing now - classy and bad-ass at the same time? Love it.