Wanted to wrap this 10 month old thread up with a final update (hopefully!) and thank everyone that came forward to assist in solving the multiple issues we had with a cracked bell housing and a broken cast iron engine/trans tab. Once the new bell housing was installed and I welded up the engine block tab it all went back together quite smoothly. Since I had all this apart I went ahead and rebuilt damn near half the car.
CV joint boots
Steering rack bellows
Tie rod ends
Steel braided clutch line
All new cheapo eBay brakes
H&R blue springs
Fuel filler hose
Rubber shifter plate bushings replaced with fixed units.
Shifter cable bushings
Clutch slave cyl
New double din touchscreen GPS head unit, all new speakers and 10" sub.
New wheels (TE37 replicas) and tires (225/17) just for the hell of it.
Basically everything I could tear apart while awaiting the bell housing repair we did. But the best thing I did and I an SO GLAD I THOUGHT TO DO THIS was to start treating the leather with a conditioner. My background is in cosmetic car maintenance so I know something about this aspect. The leather in #1607 was really aged. Cosmetically it looked good from 10 feet but it was really hard and uncomfortable. Sounded like a bass drum when you tap your fingers on it. So using an old favorite of mine (Leatherique) I started the process of restoring the flexibility to the hydes. It cost $100 in product and took 6 solid months of applying and reapplying the product but wow, it looks, feels and SMELLS like a new car. Granted, with 225k on the odo it is not perfect. Some areas are still a bit stiff but nothing like they were. I owned a GVR4 #1337 brand new, right off the dealers showroom and I remember just how soft the leather was. While #1607 isn't quite there yet, it is amazing how well this product works if you are really, REALLY patient.
So now just need to break in the clutch and brakes and check that dumb ass (me) didn't forget to torque down a bolt correctly...
So thanks to everyone who offered up parts, answered my questions and was so patient with me.
Del Mar, CA