I hope the Leaf battery works out. Otherwise, it is another stone to cast.
Bob-I liked your comments about Samson and the Vega. There was one Vega that seemed to work, the Cosworth twin cam, of course they are really rare as they were more than a nicely equipped Camaro I heard. A friend told me he traded a running Vega for a used chainsaw that didn't work, and still feels he got the better end of the deal, and he stated constant engine issues with the Vega was the issue. I remember the engine issues with the aluminum bore, and it was a huge deal. Made people wary of Aluminum blocks for years (though iron sleeves weren't an issue). Of course GM isn't the only one that had issues over the years. The mid-late 70's weren't a good time for any American automaker in my opinion.
And the Oil filter on the Samson would have been an oil-bath I suppose, and little more involved than slapping a paper filter over the top of the carb.......
2013 Volt #D8115
Formerly 2011 Volt #B1514