Greetings and welcome Matt!
I love those original SE-Rs. I am glad you were able to keep your friend’s car for that length of time and fix it up. I am sure he would have been happy you did that. Sorry to read of the cell phone mishap - I am glad you are OK.
You have found a great place to learn all about the WRX, STi and many other cars as we have a diverse group of car enthusiasts here. Beware of the 5th gen Prelude as they can consume quite a bit of oil. I had a 2000 base Prelude that did just that.