Hi there. I hope someone sees this message.
I did get some of the car fixed. I'll learn to post a pic in order to show you the wood in the bushings.... :P YIKES!
Anyway... I thought I would mention that the mechanic said that the random beeping is common and that often it's because of the key in the ignition - that the keys are too heavy and it confuses the ignition to think that there is no key in it, or something like that. Since, I have be taking my key off the key chain when it's in the ignition and I've had no beeping. I'm going on a long drive today so that will be more telling.
Also, my car has fat, four-spoke Pirelli wheels which I can't find anywhere on the net. They were an upgrade when the car was made (1990) and are 14" (says the mechanic who went mental for them).
I prefer basket weave and think that those are a bit prettier but my husband like these big fat ones. I'm just wondering which is more appropriate if/when we restore the car to original condition. Any thoughts? I'll try to get a pic of the wheels up too.