I can certainly understand how things get put off. More pressing matters come up amd unexpected thimgs happen. I was without mine for about 9 years when we lived in California. Which ironically is where I really would have liked to have had it.
I am really wanting mine restored as well. It is difficult to come up with the money for something like that when there are so many other places for that money to go. As I am sure you are well aware. Good luck with it though, it is definatly something worth while to pursue.