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...
I'm back in the garage for a little bit- only to discover that somehow I botched my fabrication while building my car. I swear I mocked this up, but when I went to fit my hydroboost unit to the firewall it wouldn't fit. It interfered with the hoop support tube in my engine bay. d'oh! So the cut off wheel came out and I spent most of my time notching the tube to make enough clearance. Now I'm concerned that when I install a master cylinder it will interfere with my inner fender. I just know it will...
After notching the tube I painted it again, and a few more parts today, as well as some foam insulation on my roof.