So I'll sand it down, hit it with DOT 15 spray and some epoxy, DIY paint job (shopping for a badass air compressor) and might get some LX accoutrementsDo you have some rust? Yes. Is it beyond repair? I'm going with Hell no it's not beyond repair. It needs to be fixed but I have seen WAY WORSE get fixed than what I see in these pictures. The best thing you could do right now is clean that up with a wire brush and get some rust inhibitor on it Keep the car as dry as possible (garage, car port or even a very good cover) and I think this car can live a long life if you get after it now.
I'll look closer at E7 heads online too.
Thank you! It’s a pretty important thing.I don't like your rear jack stand location. I am a HUGE proponent of proper jack stand usage. You can put them under the rear frame rail, the curve of the stand (the part the car actually sits on) will cradle the frame rail. Where you have them now it is too easy for the rear diff to move and then stand to slip.