I bet you could re-restore that 36 Ford. Of course w/ no money coming from an insurance co., that might be out of the budget.
Not to sound harsh, but who in their right mind does NOT insure their property??? I don't give a crap if most of the things I have are "irreplaceable", I still want to get the money so I could at least rebuild my house and try to salvage what I could.
These are highly engineered precision vehicles, the first step in diagnosing the problem is to strike the suspected offending part sharply and repeatedly with a blunt object, then re-test.