Eric 4Z1UG has a really great interview with Grayson Evans TA2ZGE. I'm writing this as I listen.
I sympathized completely with his reaction to EE professors who insisted that current flows from positive to negative. Indeed. Let's turn those arrows in the diode and transistor symbols around!
I too stripped down a Heathkit VFO and rebuilt it from scratch.
I share Grayson's aversion to metal work. Viva Manhattan!
Here is the interview: