Alright guys...I could use some help here.
First and foremost, here is the link to an album with pictures.
I've had my old Diamond Back Topanga SE laying in the garage for years...I think it's a late 90's model (see pictures). Anyways, in a moment of inspiration and motivation, I took the entire bike apart with the intention of cleaning it, replacing all the cables and chain, and just generally getting it back to mountain biking condition. I realize now that this was a stupid thing to do, as I don't know much about bike mechanics...in fact, i knew next to nothing; I just figured I'd learn about it along the way.
So I've been at it for a couple days now, and as you can see from the pictures, it's pretty much a disaster zone. I'm currently trying to get the brake cable hooked up and got frustrated when I couldn't quite figure it out. There are no diagrams on the web for my model either, so I am even more lost, haha. Part of me wants to just throw the whole thing away and just buy a new bike, but I also really want to fix it up to gain the experience and because I love the bike and don't want to part with it.
If anyone is willing to help me through re-assembling this bike and getting it back in working order, I would really, really appreciate it. I have bought a new chain, 2 new gear and brake cables, a chain tool, and a few other tools I needed when taking the bike apart. I don't really know how to proceed here so any suggestions, advice, or instruction would be a lifesaver.