ok I've been trying to save some funds for the build so in the mean time I've prepped the bay by removing the crazy amount of factory seam sealer, removing all unnecessary brackets and bolts, and smoothing everything out before painting it black. I've also rerouted the headlight harness through the driver side fender, and the fuse box power wire behind the firewall for a cleaner look. Pictures will be added shortly.
Right now I'm prepping my motor to be dropped in...for this i still need an e28 booster, a clutch/flywheel, new timing/serpentine belts, and some gaskets. After all that is on I'll be ordering pre-made swap mounts to avoid any headaches. keep checking back for updates.