Earlier in the spring my head gasket went out on this car. I ripped it apart and it sat for a while. Then this week I finally manged to get the car running and it runs great! Figured I'd do a couple of things like replace the lower motor mount because it was bad and I had acsess to a lift.
Well, upon closer inspection and removing the mount. The cup that holds up the mount rusted away from the cradle. There was not enough useable metal to weld it back up. Everything was severely eaten by rust. I really wanted to just lit the car on fire and roll it down a hill.
A trip to the junkyard to get a 1996 engine cradle and after painting it and ordering up new bushings for everything. Holy crap bushings are expensive. I spent 6 times more on the bushings than the cradle. I'd rather do this right once and be done with it.
Prepping the cradle for paint.
In one of the mount spots I had to weld in some more metal because it looked rusty so I supported it a bit more. As soon as my bushings get here and some other parts going to get this installed and hopefully this car will drive again.