After checking out my engine I decided to build a spanner wrench for my coil over shocks. I've had cheap ones bend on me, and didn't want to special order an expensive one, so I figured I'd build one.
Today I assembled my front coil overs, and recovered my rear armrest panels. I used some of my foam insulation as padding and reused my original covers. They're in decent enough "driver shape" for now, as I have to save $$ somewhere to pay for my engine. The areas that used to hold the ashtrays now serve as the cut outs for the roll cage. I will need to build some plastic trim pieces to go over them.
I got my gauges back form Redline this week. They had done a mechanical (electrical) upgrade to my gauges. I like the classic look, so the faces were left alone. They used the guts from an autometer speedometer. It now has an electronic speedometer, and lcd odometer, as well as an updated voltmeter, and updated tachometer electronics. I painted the back lit areas to a red color, as I have never been a fan of that "green" glow from old GM products. I prefer the look of red as used in late model Pontiacs.
One thing I am conceding on doing myself is the build of my engine. Sure, I could throw parts onto it, but I don't have equipment or experience to really build an engine right. So I took my engine to Superior Automotive Engineering for one of their LS 383 stroker kits. I stopped by on Sat to see the progress, and I am excited. That shelf is a combination of the parts I had collected for it, as well as their parts to be used in the engine. That ziploc bag is just some of the metal shavings removed from porting one of the 243 (LS6 heads).
The engine will consist of:
ported 243 (LS6) heads
FAST 90 intake/ throttle body
reduced diameter crank pulley
full length headers
Pics of my roof foam insulation installation and repainted hoop supports (looks just like it did last weekend)
Also, in my haste- I've installed my kick panels and e-brake (remembering those go in early), but now I'm thinking they need to come back out as I didn't install the door jam switches for the dome light. While it may be possible to install those, it'll be a lot easier to fish the wire where I want it with them out. So out they'll come again...