I was also puzzled by the "doom and gloom" statement. Maybe my comment about the refurbishment being an interesting winter project (which it is) gave the impression that it would take months to restore the brake/hydraulic system. This is not the case. A professional could restore the brake system (clean reservoir, refurb pumps, accumulators and acv's and replace hoses in a single day, two at most). The reason I saw it as a winter project was primarily to use the time when the car is garaged away from the salted winter roads for a very leisurely refurbishment.