All's well that ends well, brother. Maybe you'll find a little time to steal away to a salvage yard in the land of the rising sun and score some nifty goodies to go with your JDM lump. Still sorry to hear the old girl let you down. That's a real bummer.
Shit like this just "happens" sometimes.
If there was a real problem, it woulda "popped" way sooner than this.
That motor went quite a few miles, (and knowing Mike, many of them at speed )
Short blasts are one thing, but running at speed for long periods of time pushes the oil to the limit ... and occaisionally beyond.
We can all learn from what happened, and I know Mike will step up and build something more matched/suitable for his needs.
... there's a kick ass group of you cats down there, so I'm sure it'll be up and running before summers end.