Now you're thinking! Sometimes I think it just takes a friend to help steer you clear of a bad idea and tell you "stay away from the $400 pile-of-problems". The low price is enticing, and it'* dangerous -because it gets you thinking, "what if I could do this, or that. . ." -but unless you're a die-hard engine swapper and tinkerer (and don't get me wrong, some of the gearheads in this club are EXACTLY that guy), -it'* often best to just stay away from someone else'* pile of problem-car.
When I was younger and had no money, I was always tinkering and did an engine pull / rebuild / reinstall. Back then, necessity was indeed the mother of invention. But looking back, life would have probably been much easier if I'd just bought a decent used problem-free car to begin with.
You just have to keep repeating to yourself that cars are just not rare. There'* plenty of them out there. It really isn't that hard to find a decent used one in good shape.
97 SE, teflon wiper blades, Dunlop Sport A-2 tires, Leather steering wheel cover, Pioneer DEH-P480MP mp3 CDRW head unit, Pioneer 12-disc changer, iPod hookup, Boston Acoustic 3 way 6x9'*, Boston acoustic separates in door pods, Alpine 4 channel amp in trunk. Magnaflow dual outlet muffler and Ractive stainless tips. Autozone rice pipe and K&N 4750 intake kit. Clear corner lights. Energy Suspension end links.