Wow! Hey guys, I really appreciate all the feedback!! I had totally missed all these replies. The poor 'Stang had a sad life before I picked her up, and of course, I had the pleasure of finding this all out myself. Frame damage was a big surprise.
I got so tired of putting so much money into her, I ended up selling her.
As much as I miss her, I'm excited for the future! I pick up my first GT on Tuesday, a 2007 Vista Blue number with 17,000 miles. I'm going to have lots of questions, mainly regarding how to operate a manual transmission but thank you all for the feedback. I appreciate it!!