I am getting my '72 back this coming week after a 3.5 year modification/restoration stint that was all designed to make the car more drivable as I found myself never driving it. Modifications can be absolutely essential (like cooling system), very desirable (like better seats and belts, more luxurious inteior), or abysmal (like massive fender flares etc.). You have to decide what you want out of the car you purchase. Since I'm also in Los Angeles, why don't you message me, and you're welcome to take mine out for a day or two, and see some of the modifications I've done to make me want to enjoy driving it. I'm 65, and like you, don't have the patience to wait any longer to have a sports car that puts a grin on my face. Give me a call, and we can share some notes.