Firstly welcome to the world of aec .A matador is a brilliant choice,parts are readily available as is experienced knowledge.Your interest in mats due to family ties is similar to my own
Without people like yourself old Aec,s will eventually be of No intrest to the human race,sadly every year many people with Aec experience die,I can name 2 in my own village in the last six months,so contary to certain negative advice ,if your intrested buy one,i did ,I am not a mechanic ,carpenter or sheet metal worker neither did I have a workshop, just some great friends who let me park it in the mothers garden where I managed to restore a wreck back to a fully operational matador timber crane.
You learn as you go ,especially as you already have car experience. My reply to those who are always concerned for your wellbeing,is what would have happened to those guys in the film Flight of the Phoenix if they had not tried to build a plane to escape the desert ?
Good luck,you can always use this forum for help there are many helpful people,in years to come your own experience will be of help to someone,guaranteed.