The project is still alive. I was not able to work on it for about 7 month but am now in a new place with a garage. I have pulled the motor out to do a rear main seal and a few other things, while it is out I have been working on the engine bay and front suspension. I cut out the old rusty battery tray area and replaced it with fresh metal but I boxed it in so there is a consistent shelf across the fire wall( battery is in the trunk). I also removed the heater and welded that hole shut.