My plan at the moment is to prime and paint the exterior and replace everything that needs replacing. I want to build a dependable semi-custom, yet stock cabby and of course learn as much as I can along the way. Frankly paint and body is as alien to me as an alien, thus the need for me to do it.
My plan for the motor is to buy a second one and begin building it up. Another option is; I do own a 98 Jetta 2.0L and from what I am learning that motor could be swapped in with some minor modifications. What ever the direction I hope by next winter I can put in a new motor and trans in this car and enjoy her for years.