I've brushed her off and found an old plywood toolchest to reside in the bed.
Candice spent much of today pouring almost an entire bottle of Armor All onto the bench seat:
The next challenge will be reconnecting the fuel tank. While trying to do that today, the bell and spigot joint (which has given me trouble in the past) finally came apart. The replacement fuel sender has a female threaded connection made of brass that's soldered onto a steel sender unit. While trying to screw the male threaded connection on, the solder snapped and the end came off. Here's what it looked like before. Here's what it looks like for now:
Note the piece of brass sitting on the top of the hose clamps.
The solution I've come up with is to take a tubing cutter, slice the bell-end of the bell-and-spigot joint, take a piece of gasoline-rated hose and hose clamp it on with double clamps. This should work reliably, because (unlike more modern cars, which use a fuel pump in the tank that pushes fuel to the engine), Patches has a mechanical fuel pump connected off the engine that sucks fuel from the tank. If the connection starts to leak with Patches, air will enter the fuel line, the line will lose siphon and the engine will eventually stop. The implementation of the fix will have to wait until next weekend, though.