Well, I officially threw in the towel. The rubi had too much rust for me to put anymore money into it. After much pondering, I ended up selling it last summer. As it was backing out of my driveway, I was already looking for a replacement. I ended up finding a 79 CJ5 with a 304 and a 3spd. Much better shape overall and a ton more fun to drive. Just wanted to thank everyone on this site that has helped me over the years.