I'm amazed he even bothered with something like that. Probably not worth much back together. But I'm the wrong person to talk to, considering I've got at least 2 Mustangs that should have been crushed. The fox definitely should have been.
My dad is an ultimate cheap ass. On one hand, him being cheap forced me to learn to do everything myself: working on cars or fixing things around the house. On the other hand, he seems to never reach a point where the value of his time has been destroyed by something not worth putting work into.
The idea is to have an extra vehicle around so when people come back home to Texas to visit (like me), there is a spare vehicle so people can get around. Unfortunately, a 1999 Ford Windstar is pretty low on the "reliable vehicle" list.
The thing was, me and my uncle two years ago helped him tear it apart so he could get the transmission fixed since it was leaking (after the installation of a junkyard 3.7L V6 since the original engine threw a rod through the oil pan) but then we weren't around to help him put it back together. Not to mention tearing it apart was such a nightmare neither me nor my uncle looked forward to the reverse. But my uncle lives in California and I moved to the PNW so the van just sat in their garage for two years while his truck has to sit outside in the elements.
So decided for Christmas I'd help him put it as far back together as possible so that the only stuff left to do can be done by one person (reconnect wires, hoses, check torque on bolts, reinstall suspension). But dear lord a front wheel drive minivan with a fucking V6 is a nightmare. It was never meant to be torn down while in the vehicle - it was meant to have the entire subframe with engine/trans/exhaust connected drop out the bottom while you lift the car over the assembly. But we don't have the means to do that in my parents' garage - so this happened.
Just hope he commits to either spending the money to get it fixed instead of trying to do it himself for the third time (hopefully not), get rid of it and spend an equivalent amount of money on a mid 90's Toyota as a spare vehicle or just sell the damn thing as is for whatever money someone will give him. He's probably put at least a few hundred hours worth of work into this piece of crap.