Turns out I'm going to have to do a good amount of work to get this bike in rideable form. Any recommendations on a repair stand and tools? Relatively inexpensive, it's tough financially as a student.
Did some research and will have have to get the rear sorted. Either I drop some big bucks on a 7 speed suntour cassette and hubs or switch the rear derailleur to a shimano, which requires changing the suntour thumb shifter as well. The latter is probably more in my price range. I would rather keep it all suntour seeing as it's much better quality and original to the bikes specs. Hopefully I can find some lightly used parts.
To answer your question Andrew, I am actually across the Atlantic in the US. Hope I am welcome here anyways, this is the only active retro I could find. It's been a lot of help so far.
We have shops like Aldi and Lidl in Europe, who sell cheap bike repair stands. A US member might be in a better position to recommend a local supplier. Park stands are very good, but there are many others.
Would be nice to keep it Suntour. Wheels and cassettes come up on this site often enough, an advert in the wanted section is probably a good idea.
We have loads of members here from the US so you are in good company, including some very well known guys from the early days of mountain biking. There is even a for sale section just for US members.