in the mean time my son and I did some practical lesson in hydraulics, as he helped me bleed the clutch, which then meant I could back it out and drive it back into the garage, then we had enough room to bleed the brakes.
I went for a drive for several blocks, and mostly everything was fine.
idles just below 1k, no check engine lights (it comes on, then off as it should), no warning lights, up to temp and held temp, heat blows hot so I know coolant is cycling correctly.
On my drive I could hear a noise from the driver's side front, but only when in motion. So not engine related, must be in the motion of the axle or wheel.
And after sitting running there was a small spot of coolant on the floor. I traced the leak to a hose that appears to not be tightened down correctly.
So, with those two items needing correcting before I go get emissions... I completely blew that off and applied pretty stickers instead
but why!? well, becuase my paint is terrible. literally baked and cracked on the hood, and so dry it's chalky on the roof. At some point when $$$ allows I will pull a few minor dents, sand it all down, and wrap it properlly one colour.