I have an '01 Taurus that needs the front frame replaced due to going into a ditch. How difficult was this part of your project? I know they are different generations, but same basic principle. The car itself is in great condition for it's age and to me is worth it. 76,000 original miles in great shape otherwise. I've never tackled this large of a repair, but not afraid to try. I've located the part locally and plan to pick it up this week.
I will be working in the yard to do it, and plan to construct an overhead support for the engine and transmission. In addition, I will construct another support to completely raise the car off the ground on the back end. Overkill on support, maybe, but safety is a priority. My son and I will be conquering this project.
You get get a engine support bracket from harbor freight or other places reasonable.
then you can drop the subframe out with the engine and trannie still hanging
(dont forget to take the PS rack off!) If you in the bone yard snagging one,
you can then stack tires underneath the hanging engine and get your bracket off.
you will probably need a stubby 18MM to do steering rack fittings. a high FtLB battery
impact will save you when you do this. Dont be surprised to find some bolts on the subframe
mounts that are rusted out. If You get too boned on the donor, move on to the next car.
go to harbor and get the longest 1/2" drive breaker bar they have. You will probably need
that too. You will also find you probably will need new subframe mounts too. check the
donor subframe for the bolts rusted through the subframe (was a recall for that). If its rusted
through the donor is toast.
here is the gotcha. if the damage to the subframe included bending the unibody support,
a replacement subframe will never align and bolt up properly. Not sure what kind of damage you
had. I had to junk my driving but wounded 93 wagon because the strut tower was bent enough
to cause alignment issues. It takes a frame machine to fix that kind of damage if it can be fixed at all.