Not my explorer but something I’d love to turn my explorer into

So if you’re following along at home back in June we finally got the motor replaced in the cobalt from when it through a rod last year in September, this year in September the transmission in the explorer decided to give up the ghost, slipped out of 4th on the highway yesterday and they only way I could get it off the highway and to my in-laws house was throwing the selector to “3.” Had the shop take a look and they said the trans fluid is almost black and that something disintegrated within the trans so now it needs a new one to the tune of almost 2k. And I just can’t seem to catch a God damn break