The coil was bad. Got worse and worse, and since I didn’t have a spare somewhere I could think of, had to buy one, buy a wire replacement kit (because Lucas style screw top coil being replaced), and after three parts stores stopped at, drive 40 minutes to deliver/oversee repairs.
Good thing too, because I noticed he wasn’t starting *this* time because he was out of gas. HURR
Safely got my four wheeled nuisance to his company’s car show and got to show off the Galaxie for about ten minutes. Nothing crazy there - two Scouts, one late 70s c3, second gen mr2, late 60s chevtruck.