Good news...Search Over...<crosses fingers>
Looked into possible sources for a replacement transmission: Exact versions are not known but I'm exploring all avenues. These are what was found just today within the past 3-4 hours.
One possible source is from an 87' with a 5-speed but it's a 4WD. The year disparity might or might not be an issue since he donor also has the 22R...but the driveline would definitely need to come with it. This one is relatively close by (distance wise) but @ an unknown price yet.
Possibility two, all I have is a phone number from the same shop that pointed out source one.
Possibility three, is from an 88' and is also a 4-speed. This one is the best initial possibility despite the year difference. The owner runs an appliance shop that I pass by every workday so getting it wouldn't be a problem. Wants 80$...sounds fair to me.
Possibility four, ended in a thorough bust. A local had a 74' which is basically ended that search.
Possibility five....VOILA found a 5-speed. Only about 10 miles away in town, It's been sitting out uncovered for at least several months but outwardly is clean, save for the input shaft which needs to be cleaned of the patina. Came from an 84' and since it definitely came from behind a 22R it makes it even better. This would have been going apparently into an early 80s Toyota RV but that project for the guy never came about so is why I have the chance here. The throwout bearing is shot but the hope is there that the existing 4-speed one will work...if not...okay. Clutch fork comes in from the driver's side instead of passenger but the 2 bell housings should swap fine...if not it's just a matter of moving the hydraulic lines. Only bad point is that no driveline to go with it...so if mine won't fit...its going to get a bit shorter. 50$...I'm jumping at it...and is reasonable enough to warrant any other issues. Will be picking it up tomorrow...
Here's to hoping all works out.