I Dropped into Hi Van Pass with transmission blowing oil all over the place--and upset an Army Arty officer to no end--that was in '70. Yep, I got my Navy Wings in June of '69 and flew H-46's with the Marines in Viet Nam November '69-Aug '70.
I was a little concerned about IFR work in the RV-6A after lots of postings about how it needed so much control attention. I do agree that without an autopilot it would be much more difficult and stressful. However, I really learned a lot from this website: http://pilotworkshop.com/
and all the videos of actual instrument flights from beginning to end in a Lancair360 solo without using an autopilot including going into JFK in IMC. Now that was inspirational!
Overall, it has been a huge feeling of accomplishment to get back the Instrument ticket and I am looking forward to using it mainly to get out of Santa Maria on foggy mornings.