Here's a pic of the engine back on june 28th, then another one from tonight. I removed the hood after work today so I can recondition the hinges and spring and such. It'll make the engine work easier tomorrow too. I'm going to replace a bunch of bolt on stuff like the ignition module, voltage regulator, starter relay, coil and plugs n wires, heater hoses and such.
I had a great friend named Don Hollingsworth years back, and Don was a River Rat back in Viet Nam. He taught me a lot of old-school rebuilding tricks, rust removal and prevention, paint, body work and engine knowledge and he helped me put a few old cars back together in life. A '72 skylark, an '81 Camaro Z28, an '81 Pontiac T/A. an 82 el camino, and my former truck, a 1979 F100.
He has since passed, and I'm no spring chicken anymore either, so I'm rebuilding this one for him and for me. I'll teach my 13 year old son the things he taught me while I'm fixing this one up, so ol' Don will live on through his teachings. I still have a few tools he passed along to me over the years too. So, Beers to Don, may his memory live on.
I'll post pics as she comes along.