As for the sheetmetal, we'll just have to see how it all pans out. Worst case scenario I know a good metal worker, but if I use him I'll consider that a sign a weakness .
Today I continued stripping the car, but I had to cut short for a school fundraiser.
The tank has a leak from some rust at the pinch weld, I don't know if I'll split the halves and restore them or buy a new tank:
I drained all the fluids and was pleased at the appearance of the coolant:
Overall the engine is very dry , only the final drive seals are leaking. I haven't cleaned anything at this point:
The metering plate looked like this, no wiping:
The throttle body had a little oil in it, not too bad:
Here's where I'm at now, hopefully get the rest out tomorrow:
Edit: at first I assumed the engine was spent and I'd have to rebuild it, but it looks good and I'm wondering if at 181000 miles, maybe somebody got to it already? I can tell from incorrect fasteners and such that it has been out of the car before. I'll run a compression test and then decide what to do. The gear oil also looks good, so maybe I'll just replace all the seals without splitting the case open, I haven't decided yet.