Patina is not a crime, especially when it was caused by sand from a track no longer in existence, demolished in 1981.
Akin to damage from falling icicles come spring time. Flesh wounds from an long-lost assailant.
Evidence of something that once was, testing all who tried to conquer it. The chips indicate that it was there for its final laps, and survived nearly half-a-century after Ontario Motor Speedway's demise.
The car lingered on after the intended driver said adieu before the end of the campaign. It lingered on after a new head designer dreamt up its replacement. It lingered on, and has been a topic of many conversations by those who saw it in the summer of '77, and those who were captivated by the oddity that it was-and-remains.
So I guess what I'm saying is you should probably make it to the Weathertech International Challenge at Road America this July if you want to see an absolute time capsule of an Eagle if there ever was one.
Long live the Sidehack.