So the verdict is in on what the Saturn needs for a safety... $1600 of work quoted... thanks new Ontario safety standards. Needs front and rear brakes (pads, rotors, drums), brake lines, 2 front tires, a muffler and defog the front lights.
I’ve already started compiling parts and I’m going to learn how to most of the work myself (benefits of having a father and father-in-law that have done this lots before).
On the plus side, my father-in-law took me to a parking lot to get a feel for the the clutch, then I drove it home! I only spun the tires once on a hill on the way home :)