Yes I suppose he could pull start it. I was thinking more if he knew if the automatic was any good? Those transmissions if they need work can get expensive. Possibly a engine and trans swap would be his best route. He could remove the trans pan. If there's anything other than fluid in it. Only one place that stuff comes from and that's the clutches are shedding their fibers. I was also thinking about his failure to start. I once owned and drove a 59 Ranchero, 223 six. It became very hard to start. The timing chain was a bit loose. Also it would spit back thru the carb. I changed the timing chain and did a valve job. after that it started as soon as you hit the key. However it soon started burning oil .