I had a 63 econoline with the 3 on the tree, and everytime I had passengers, when I would shift, they were totally confused and say "what the heck are you doing". I loved that thing...Bet he would be the only one in school driving a 3 on the tree.
My dad was in High School in the late 50's He said him and his friends would steal gas and they would run their car from a five gallon can in the front seat.Any way to jury rig a small gas can under the hood to draw fuel from? Could be plugged pickup in the tank if the pump works.
Remove the hose going TO the FP from the tank, take off tank cap, blow compressed air into the fuel tank until it comes out. then your FP will work again.
If it DON'T then simply replace the fuel pump. They often feel like they're working in your hand but not enough eccentric throw from the cam unless it's a new pump.
I was just reading through this thread and saw your post, i had to write something. . . . . . . 7 years is a long time, . . . but what really hit me was your loss.I restored my 62 xl.It took me 7 yrs but my daughter passed away during that time so.....It knocked me for a loop.No need to do a frame off if body mounts are solid.I did all the work on my 62 except cruise-o-matic tranny rebuild(700.00).I rebuild a 390 out of a merc station wagon.YOU CAN DO IT!.