The car is actually pretty sound for being 14 years old.
Being a Vancouver car and garage kept all its life, it has no rust at all.
I think the ABS fault is as simple as a wheel speed sensor.
We haven't dropped the trani pan yet.....tomorrow.....but it shifted and operated fine.
The car we sold was twice as old and in so much worse shape body wise and we got $4,500 for that one.
Finding this one for $1,700. seemed too good to be true.....and it was.
Investing another $2,500. in a new crate motor long block doesn't sound unreasonable for the car he should have in the end with a 4 year warranty.
If the trani goes next year than that'* next years project.
Much better than the alternative of a wrecking yard, yes, I agree.