:WelcomeSounds like you'll fit in perfectly.
As far as the tranny, have you checked your mounts?
If it clunks but shifts and drives fine, I'd start looking there.
My 95 had the same rust bubbles too. I'll can't offer any advice on how to fix it, I never did
, but I am sure someone here can tell you exactly what to do.
For the best advice, post your questions/problems in the appropriate areas for the appropriate question, such as the tranny and the door seals. That way each issue is assured to get addressed properly.