Perry, Thanks. I've spoken to the gentleman a few times since my post about "how long is too long" and he says his partner last drove it in March, but that they have started it at least once a month since. I worry that this "new" info is in response to my queries about the possible flakes in the oil...
Since this is a father and son project, my biggest fear is that I will be spending dad's money poorly. If it were all my cash on the line, well, caveat emptor, right?
Dad, though, has asked him to put fresh gas into it and charge the batteries in preparation for our visit.
I'll keep you all posted and hope to join your ranks soon. (You know, the ranks of Mite owners...)