I fixed it, basically by myself, but mostly thanks to this Vice Grip Garage video.
She runs just as good as she ever has, and I got to take it around the block.
I’ll keep it fairly short.
The brakes suck, the steering sucks, it’s got way too big of a gear, it’s way too loud, and it has way too much power for said brakes.
And I loved every fucking second of it. I’d not dare take it on the main roads, but just around the neighborhood it’s a total blast.
Also, the shiny “new” (as in I bought them two years ago but the car was broke the entire time) valve covers