yeah, if you watch your coolant level like a hawk you should be fine. You can check the chain stretch by pulling off the intake plenum and passenger side cam cover so you can see how much extension there is on the tensioner. I believe you could also install a chain block at that time which would be a good, cheap, insurance policy that when/if your tensioner ever did stop working there'd be MUCH less chance of your engine jumping time (a very BAD thing).My water pump and timing chain are fine right now. I never had a problem with either of them.
I will be putting the car on the back burner as far as interior work, paint, etc. As of right now, I am looking at prices of old motor-homes.
I've got a 1971 (Dodge) sightseer I'm going to be selling in Northern California (Chico area). I'm gonna want a pretty penny for it tho, considering there's tons of fire victims here looking for something to dry-camp on their burned out properties and this particular RV runs great and is rare as hen's teeth. I don't think a person could lose money on this thing tho considering the running gear is in excellent shape, the shell's decent, and its collectability. Its biggest issues right now I'd say are: something to do with the blackwater tank is leaking (probably the fitting/pipe going from the dump to it), the 12V fuse panel needs replacing, it needs a roof A/C unit (or my preference: a swamp cooler). IIRC it's a dually. I used it to tow an 8500 lb boat and trailer from Stockton (basically sea level) to Magalia (approximately 3000' elevation) a few years ago (mostly at freeway speed) and it did it without so much as a hiccup (well, except, it shut its headlights off in the middle of the night right on the steepest/narrowest part of the trip -- due to the rusty fuse panel or switch most likely; but I was following a friend so I could see from her headlights until I could get it pulled over).
HMU if that's something you might be interested in.
(BTW I've upgraded the captain's chairs to nice comfy gray ones out of a dodge minivan, cuz the originals were so trashed; yeah, they're not technically "period correct," but I was going more for comfort/durability/practicality over the long haul and on long trips)