Anyway, this is the car now and the only thing left of the engine is the bottom pieces, the pan, and the block with the pistons now rusted. The old engine locked up and I tore it down to that. Including removing the radiator and cooler in the very front, of which I broke the metal lines. The car has absolutely NO rust on it anywhere except one of the motor mounts and a little spot behind the fender. The car's body itself has a few very small dings on the back from the crow bar, which you guys will know about if you know the sick story. At some point in the winter I painted it black and after the engine locked up I bought a 93 escort interior and put it in and new front end panels and bumpers.
My question. I would love to try putting an engine in it and put it back white and restore it as best I can. The issue is what it needs other than mechanical: suspension, control arm, wipers, windshield has a small line crack, head lights, turn signals, tail lights, grill, rims, tires, carpet, headliner, radio and speakers, rear wiper components, and some white spray paint and clear coat. What do you guys think I should do, send it to become a coke can, or fix it.