Good luck on your goals!
Interior shots bring back memories. From a been there done that point of view, inspect the T-bar socket area in the crossmember carefully. In the rust belt, the crossmember tends to rust from the inside out and the vertical wall metal can get pretty thin. I added extra metal on the inside like straps from the top of the sockets to the bottom of the crossmember. It's all hidden on the inside but I doubled up on the outside welds too. Nothing worse than driving down the road snd BANG! Your front end drops down as the socket twists out.